The larger catechism of the Westminster Confession of faith begins aptly with the question, “What is the chief end of man?”, to which it responds, “Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God (1Cor. 10:31b) and to enjoy Him (Ps. 73:24-28a; 1 Jn 1:3-4) forever.” These two objectives encompass the totality of our individual and corporate purpose as redeemed people.
Everything we do as individual Christians and as a church should magnify the supremacy of God and promote our continual enjoyment of fellowship with Him. In the truest sense, this is our overarching and ultimate purpose statement (Eph 3:21; 1 Pet. 4:11).
The question we must answer as a local church is, “How do we glorify and enjoy God?” It is our conviction that each local church must, by the grace of God, strive to achieve and maintain this dual aim of glorifying and enjoying God by remaining devoted to fulfilling specific duties and privileges which He has imparted to the church.
These duties and privileges have been organized and expressed in diverse ways by different churches. Because of the interrelatedness of Scripture there is naturally some overlap in the expression of them. We have chosen to distill and arrange these biblical truths into three priorities of worship, discipleship and mission.
Responding to His Grace in Worship