Our Purpose and Core Values
Statement of Purpose
Our passion is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
Psalm 115:1 1 Corinthians 10:31
Sovereign Grace Church exists for this purpose. And we don’t just
exist…this is our passion! Our purpose is God-centered and not
man-centered. Our lives are about glorifying God and living in a way
that draws attention to him and brings praise to him. This is why we
were created! But it is not just about doing the right things. There is
a relationship that God has brought us into that will extend for all
eternity. And this relationship is our greatest joy!
Scripture is our only authoritative standard for all we think, say, and do.
Isaiah 66:2b 2 Timothy 3:16
This is our starting place. Scripture is the ONLY authoritative
standard for our lives - not experts, or experience or feelings. The
only place that shows us how to glorify and enjoy God is Scripture. The only written revelation of God is found in the 66 books of the Bible. This Word is our standard. It measures us in everything we think, say and do. God esteems those
who tremble at His word, and we want to be a church that is esteemed by
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is our central message and only hope.
2 Timothy 1:10 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
The gospel is of first importance to us. The story of the Bible
climaxes in the message of the gospel. And the message of the gospel is
the biography of God’s own Son - Jesus Christ: his descent from heaven
to earth, his virgin birth, his sinless life, his death on a cruel
cross, his resurrection from the dead, and his ascension into heaven.
The gospel is the only way for us to have a relationship with God. It
is our only hope, and it is also the message that we seek to proclaim
to the world.
The Holy Spirit is the supernatural presence of God and we depend on Him to fill, empower, and transform us.
Acts 2:38-39 John 14:25-26
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is the giver
of life and convicts the world of sin. He guides us into all truth. He
persuades us to repent and confess Jesus as Lord. He gives us faith and
new birth. The Holy Spirit is also the active agent in our
sanctification - conforming us to the likeness of Jesus Christ. The
Holy Spirit empowers believers for Christian commitment and service.
Our comfort is that He is with us always.
God’s amazing grace motivates us, changes us, and defines how we relate to God and others.
Ephesians 2:4-5 Titus 2:11-13
Before we can speak about what we as Christians must do we must
speak about what God has already done for us. God began his redemptive
plan and initiated a relationship with us while we were still dead in
our sins. We have been given what we do not deserve: we have been
spared the eternal wrath of God for our sins, given the free gift of
eternal life and brought into a relationship with God himself. We do
not deserve this and we could not earn this. And this grace is what
motivates us, changes us and defines how we relate to God and others.
The local church is the community where we live and grow as the family of God.
Acts 2:42-47 1 Timothy 3:14-15 Ephesians 3:10-11
The local church is a community where we live and grow. It is where
we are being transformed into the likeness of Christ. We have been
adopted as Son’s and daughters and we are part of God’s family. And we
are a unique community where God’s manifold wisdom is made known. While
we all are part of the church universal, we also see in Acts the
beautiful picture of the priority of the local church, God’s household.
Our mission with Sovereign Grace Ministries is to proclaim and
demonstrate the gospel of Jesus Christ to the unconverted in our homes,
neighborhoods, and world.
Matthew 5:13-16 Acts 1:8
We have a mission personally, and corporately and we do not do this
alone. We participate with one another in this local church, but we
also join with Sovereign Grace Ministries in supporting church
plantings throughout the country and the world. We work together to
proclaim and demonstrate the gospel of Jesus Christ in our homes and
communities, and we participate with Sovereign Grace Ministries in the
global mission of preaching the gospel in all the world.