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Church Particulars

Under the banner of our church’s purpose statement and statement of faith, there are some particular distinctives that identify and characterize our local fellowship. Below is a brief explanation of each of the five particulars.  Additionally, you can find a sermon for each of these particulars.

 

#1 Commitment to the Bible’s Sufficiency

As a body, our desire is not simply to affirm the authority of the Bible, but to have it govern our lives, our families, our church, and our worship. Flowing from this commitment, we seek to govern our church polity and functions according to the precepts laid out in the Scriptures. In our worship services, therefore, we follow what is known as the regulative principle of worship, seeking to have our entire worship service governed by that which God has prescribed for us in His Word. Additionally, we encourage our members to have their lives and their families conformed to the Word of God, placing an emphasis on personal holiness resulting from a life transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through the discipleship ministries of our church, our goal is to have God’s Word shape every component of who we are, fully submitting our lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
(Lev. 10:1-2, II Sam. 6:5-7, Isa. 8:20, Luke 16:29, 31, I Cor. 11:1-2, I Tim. 3:15, II Tim. 3:15-17, I Pet. 1:22-25).

 

#2 Expository, Christ-Centered, Preaching

As the normative method, our church commits to preach expositional sermons, verse by verse, through books of the Bible, highlighting the gospel in each sermon. We believe that the Word of God is what truly has the power to save and transform.  Thus, in our preaching, the accurate exposition of the Scriptures, not the preacher’s opinions/personality, is the primary focus of the pulpit ministry. Additionally, we believe that it is the duty of the church to teach the whole counsel of the Word of God. Thus, we commit to not just preach disconnected verses, but to labor to teach entire books of the Bible. These sermons are not to be mere academic lectures, but rather exhortations to be transformed by the Word in every aspect of the hearer’s life.
(Gal. 1:8-9, Luke 24:44-48, Rom. 10:14-17, I Cor. 2:2, Col. 1:15-23, II Tim 4:1-5).

 

#3 Family-Style Worship

As a church body, we promote family unity and piety by encouraging, exhorting, and equipping our families to worship together in the home and at church on the Lord’s Day. We believe that it is important for each family to remain together during the worship service, and that this worship is necessary for our children’s lives. Though we are happy to provide an optional nursery, we encourage even the youngest children to join their families in worship as soon as they’re ready. Children are a wonderful gift from the Lord and thus we do not view their distractions as a burden, but rather a blessing. We also seek to encourage and equip fathers to carry out their God-given responsibilities as the primary shepherds of their home, and seek to equip parents to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
(Deut. 31:12-13, Josh. 8:34-35, II Chron. 20:13, Ezra 10:1, Neh. 8:2, Joel 2:15-16, Matt. 19:14, Eph 6:1-3).

 

#4 Intentional Hospitality and Community

We believe that the gospel compels us to have fellowship not only within the four walls of the church, but that it extends into our homes and community. Our desire is to cultivate an atmosphere where Christians are regularly gathering in one another’s homes for fellowship and the breaking of bread with one another. Within the context of these informal, personal gatherings our desire is for Titus 2 exhortations to take place. By so doing the gospel’s light will shine into our homes and community, displaying a testimony of our love to the world.
(Gen 24:31, Prov 31:20, Matt. 25:40, Acts 2:42-47, 16:15, Rom. 12:13, Gal 5:13, 6:10, Heb. 13:2, 16, I Pet. 4:9).

 

#5 Mission-Minded Outreach

Finally, as a church we are committed to proclaiming the gospel of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. We will do so standing upon the promises of God’s Word and believing that the Lord is making all his enemies His footstool. As a church we will regularly encourage, equip, and expect our members to share the gospel with others. As of first importance, we will emphasize the discipleship of our own homes and the necessity of raising our children in the Lord. Further, we will seek to be a faithful gospel witness in Junction City, Fort Riley, and the surrounding area. Extending from there, we will join ourselves to the mission of God regionally, nationally and internationally until the earth is filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. We will do so through prayer, financial giving, and church planting as the Lord directs.
(Gen. 12:2-3, Ex. 19:6, Psa. 110:1, Hab. 2:14, John 3:16-17, Rom. 10:14-17, Matt. 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16, Acts 1:8, II Tim. 4:5).