The local church accomplishes three important functions: worship, discipleship, and evangelism.
For the Worship of God
We come together on Sundays to worship and serve the Lord. God doesn’t live in the church building but in the hearts of every believer in Christ. So when those saved by Jesus come together to worship God, we get a special sense of His presence. We are mutually encouraged in our worship, but, more importantly, our worship glorifies a worthy God.
For the Teaching of Believers
We gather to spur one another on toward love and good deeds. The discipleship of believers is key to the health of our church. Since the mission of the Church is to go into the world to make disciples, we prioritise the maturity of believers through the teaching of God’s Word so that they might be equipped for the work to which they are called.
For the Evangelism of Unbelievers
Evangelism must also happen beyond the walls of our building, but the Gospel must be presented when we gather. In our context, non-Christians will attend church, if asked, and many churchgoers are not Christians. Therefore, we strive to make an environment where all people are welcome. Because we realise that unbelievers attend our church, we will attempt to leverage and redeem culture for the Gospel. We trust that it is through the preaching of God’s Word that faith is born in the heart of a believer.
Where there is only one dimension — of worship, teaching, or evangelism — there may be a movement, a crusade, or a conference, but not a church. A church is made of all three components. We strive to operate with the full pastoral functions of the church.