THORNAPPLE COVENANT CHURCH MISSION
"So we continue to preach Christ to each person, using all wisdom to warn and to teach everyone, in order to bring each one into God’s presence as a mature person in Christ." —Colossians 1:28
The church of Jesus Christ is the God-created and Spirit-led community that focuses its life and ministry on the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:1-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5; Mark 1:14-15). In the local church, God's people strive to live out their new identity as disciples of Christ by faithfully accepting Christ’s call to participate in the mission of God. They carry out this mission by calling people to discipleship to Christ and by living as God’s Good News people until Christ returns (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 12:28-31; Ephesians 1:9-10).
We believe that God desires to use Thornapple Covenant Church in his gracious work of reconciling and redeeming people in Christ. In response to this good work, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we pursue our central mission, which is to call people to discipleship to Christ and to develop disciples who are rooted in and moved by the love of God (Love God), are being transformed by the grace of Christ (Grow in Grace Together), and serve sacrificially wherever God has placed them (Serve Sacrificially). Our hope, prayer, and desire is to be found faithful by God as we go into our neighborhoods, offices, classrooms, and world seeking to proclaim the Good News of Jesus and to bear kingdom fruit so that there may be more disciples among more populations in a more caring and just world.
By the grace of God we deploy our resources and relationships to develop disciples of Christ who:
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbor as yourself." —Mark 12:30-31
GROW IN GRACE TOGETHER
"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen." —2 Peter 3:18
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." —1 Peter 4:10
DENOMINATION: We are a part of The Evangelical Covenant Church. The Evangelical Covenant Church is a denomination of more than eight hundred churches in the United States and Canada. It was founded by Swedish immigrants in 1885 as a voluntary covenant of churches committed to working together to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Covenant churches emphasize the Bible's witness to new life in Jesus Christ expressed in a day to day walk with the Lord.
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