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from Pastor Gary
God has a lot to say about giving in the Bible; here are three points to consider:
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Vision: Becoming a People to Reach People for Christ
To accomplish this vision, our mission is to continually Exalt the Living God, Explain the Word of God, Encourage the Family of God, and Extend the Love of God.
Our commitment is to remain Biblically rooted, Driven by the Gospel, all for the Glory of God.
MAYWOOD EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH
Preamble: The following core values identify the DNA of Maywood Evangelical Free Church. They are the foundation of all our ministries, drive our mission and motivate our vision. They are the heart and soul of who we are and strive to become as a body of Christ followers!
We value the Word of God as the instrument God uses to instruct, train, correct and direct every dimension of ministry in our church. From our mid-week pre-school, elementary, student and adult ministry, to the teaching and preaching of the Word of God on Sunday mornings, “Where stands it written” is our foundational calling. Our pursuit of Christ is relentless and the goal of all our teaching and preaching is Christ-centeredness.
Existing to glorify God; we purpose to exalt the living God, explain the Word of God, encourage the family of God and extend the love of God. We are committed to personal discipleship and ministry multiplication. These are processes which never end and are developed intentionally through worship, Bible study, service and evangelism. Discipleship is all about relationship…falling more and more in love with Christ while at the same time recruiting, nurturing and investing in the lives of others who in turn will repeat the process in their sphere of influence.
Evangelism is the life-blood of our church. The mission field is at our doorstep. 4th world people are those in our circle of influence who still do not know who Jesus Christ is and understand the dynamics of the gospel. Building relationships with those yet to believe is a life-style we encourage and foster. We value seriously the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20 and the Great Commandment (Luke 10:27). Our desire is to be a sending church with a focus that is local, regional, national and global.
We value passionate and celebrative worship from the heart. Worship is not about us. It’s all about Him! True worship is a life-style and attitude of the heart that is cultivated each day through Bible Study and prayer. We appreciate a wide variety of worship expressions and/or venues, from traditional to contemporary, seeking only to please God, an audience of One. He alone is worthy of our adoration and praise!
Excellence is God’s nature. We have been called to proclaim His excellent nature in every dimension of our ministry. This means we are never content with mediocrity, but always seek to represent Christ well by the services we provide, the financial integrity and accountability we display, the relationships we cultivate and the buildings we build. Prayer is having confidence in God’s ability to do what we can’t do. Prayer is the focus that moves us to personally and corporately tap God’s limitless resources. It permeates every aspect of our church.
We want to influence and penetrate our culture with eternal truth that is unchanging and transformational. We desire to be a church for all generations, challenging people to think, to listen and to engage with the Scriptures in their everyday life experiences. Articulating God’s story, listening to the stories of changed lives, and interacting with those who are at various levels in their spiritual journey encourages us to be authentic and real in our walk with the Lord. We will use relevant technology to complement, but not supplement the Word of God.
We believe that God created and instituted the family (husband and wife united in marriage) as the basic unit of society. Our desire is to equip families of all ages to know their roles, optimize their responsibilities and honor Christ in their homes. With equal resolve, we also endeavor to minister to those who are single, widowed, divorced and orphaned. We strive to create and implement ministries that strengthen the family and at the same time develop strategic ministries for individuals.
God has called us into community and fellowship with one another. Small groups foster a sense of belonging and build spiritual vitality. God gifts every believer with a spiritual capacity for ministry that needs to be discovered, developed and deployed in meaningful service. We desire to “fan the flame” in people’s hearts by helping them discover their ministry passion; equipping them to do it by providing venues whereby individual spiritual gifts and capacities can be maximized. We are committed to raising up godly leaders who will put the needs of others before their own and care for the flock as an example of Jesus Christ.
Our vision is to become a community of committed Christ-followers, accepting people as they are, leading them to the foot of the cross and empowering them to become fully devoted followers of Christ. We are committed to recruiting, teaching, training and releasing “next generation” leaders into the harvest by developing intentional pastoral internships, cultivating mentoring relationships and building strategic ministering partnerships educationally, missionally and globally until Jesus comes!
The doctrinal position of The Evangelical Free Church of America
is summarized in our ten-article Statement of Faith.
Brief Version- w/ Links to Verses
God is holy and just.
"Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne." (Psalm 89:14) "But the LORD Almighty will be exalted by His justice, and the holy God will show Himself holy by His righteousness." (Isaiah 5:16)
God has set a time of judgment for all.
"For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil." (Ecclesiastes 12:14) "And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment..." (Hebrews 9:27)
God judges us based on His written Law.
"There is no one righteous, not even one." (Romans 3:10) "For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it." (James 2:10) Have you ever told a lie? Be honest. Have you ever been angry without cause? "You have heard that it was said to those of old 'You shall not murder,' and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment." (Matthew 5:21-22) Have you ever had lust in your heart? "You have heard that it was said, "Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Matthew 5:27-28)
And those are only 3 of the 10 commandments.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..." (Romans 3:23) "But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath when his righteous judgment will be revealed." (Romans 2:5)
The penalty for sin is eternal punishment in Hell.
"For the wages of sin is death..." (Romans 5:23) "For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person - such a man is an idolator - has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God." (Ephesians 5:5) "...but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God." (Hebrews 10:27)
BUT God is rich in mercy to all who call upon and commit themselves to Him.
"The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him." (Daniel 9:9) "In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." (1 Peter 1:3)
The free gift of eternal life is only by grace through faith in Christ.
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6) "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
You must receive Jesus Christ and be born again to enter the kingdom of God.
"Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, he gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:12) Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." (John 3:3) "He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life." (1 John 5:12)
Prayer of Repentance
Dear Heavenly Father, I admit that I have broken Your Law and have sinned against You. I repent and turn away from my sins and ask for your forgiveness. Thank you that Jesus suffered on the cross in my place as payment for my sin. I now place my trust in Him as Savior and Lord. I commit myself to a life of obedience to Him. In Jesus's name. Amen. ...Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31-32)
If you prayed the above prayer...
Let us rejoice with you that your name is written in the book of life! The Bible says "For the grace of God teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age." (Titus 2:11-12) As you follow Him in obedience to his Will, He has promised to make you like His Son, Jesus. Learn His will by reading the Bible every day.
We would like to give you some information that will help you as you begin your new life in Christ. Following worship, please let the pastor know of your commitment or call the pastor at the church office, 815-874-6806.