At Onward Gospel Church we are ordinary people, from all walks of life, who have discovered that Jesus Christ wants to transform our lives into something that bears eternal value. We are learning the joy of following Jesus Christ and we have come to know that He alone gives true peace and lasting hope.
Our vision, as a church, is expressed in our purpose statement and elaborated in our core values.
“Onward Gospel Church exists to glorify and worship God, preach and teach the Word of God, encourage, support and pray for one another in Christian love, striving to reach our community and the world with the good news of Christ through word and deed, discipling all who receive Him as Savior.”
Five core values lie at the center of what we believe, who we are, and what we do. These values flow out of our purpose statement.
1. Worship: We Exist to Celebrate God’s Presence
We seek to experience the life-changing power of the Word of God through Bible-centered, Spirit-anointed preaching; inspirational singing; observance of the ordinances (communion and baptism); corporate and personal prayer; the public reading of the scriptures; and the giving of our offerings to the work of the Lord. (Matt. 22:37; John 4:24; Romans 12:1, Hebrews 13:15, Rom.12:1-2, Ps.95:6, 1 Cor.16:1-2, Rom.6:3-4; Ps.1:2; 1 Cor.11:23-26)
2. Service: We Exist to Demonstrate God’s Love
We seek to love one another by meeting the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of those in our church, community and world by the use of our spiritual gifts, time, talents and possessions. (Matt. 25:34-40; Acts 2:45; Gal. 5:13; Eph. 4:11-12; 1 Thess. 5:11; 1 Peter 4:10-11; James 2:26)
3. Outreach: We Exist to Communicate God’s Word
We seek to share the Good News (Gospel) of Jesus Christ with our friends, neighbors, colleagues and those who God brings across our path. As a church and in cooperation with other churches and Christian ministries, we go and make disciples of all nations and trust the Lord to add to His church daily those who are being saved. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2:47; 2 Peter 3:9)
4. Fellowship: We Exist to Incorporate God’s People
We seek to encourage, support, exhort and pray for one another in the family of God as we build meaningful relationships with each other through small group gatherings and other fellowship opportunities offered by the Church. (Acts 2:42-47; John 13:34-35; Romans 15:5,7; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 John 1:7; 4:12)
5. Education: We Exist To Teach & Train God’s People
We seek to teach and train one another in the church so that we can be equipped for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ. We desire to see everyone growing into maturity in the faith, which means becoming more like Jesus Christ. Spiritual maturity is measured as much in our lifestyle as it is in our learning. (Eph. 4:12-16; 2 Cor. 4:18; Philippians 3:14; Colossians 1:28; 1 Tim. 4:12)