One of our church t-shirts carries the tagline "Know Love Serve." But it's more than a tagline. It's our heartbeat.
In John 17:3, Jesus says eternal life is knowing God. We want to know God. It's what we were created to do. But it's not just knowing about God; it's actually knowing God.
And, the goal of knowing God is to love Him. In Matthew 22:36-40, Jesus says this is the end goal of God's revelation. When asked which is the Great Commandment, He replies to "love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."
And if the goal of knowing God is that we will love Him, the result of loving Him is serving Him. In John 14:15, Jesus says, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments." As a result, we want to be doers, not just hearers (cf. James 1:23). But not out of duty; rather, out of delight in the God whom we know and love.
As we aim to know, love and serve God, we also want to know, love and serve those around us. As He has loved us, so we want to love. As He has extended grace, so we want to be gracious. Together, we want not only to proclaim the gospel with our lips, but to display the gospel with our lives.
Our church affirms the doctrinal statements of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. You can read those here.
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