Grace Church exists to: Exault Christ, Display His love, Make known His truth - all for the glory of God.
Jesus spoke these words, 'Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." --- John 17:1-3
The central reason the Father sent the Son into the world was to glorify Him-self (John 17:1-6). He did this by revealing His wisdom and glory to all beings in the universe by reconciling sinners to Himself (Eph. 3:10-11; John 1:14,18 14:9). All that God does through His son in redeeming sinners is to the praise of His glory (Eph. 1:6,13,14). The church is told to do all things to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31; Matt. 5:16); i.e., for His reputation, honor and esteem.
All that the church does flows from the fountain of worship, adoration and passion for God’s magnificent glory to be known by others (Rom. 12:1; Heb. 13:15; Eph. 5:19-20). Worshipping God is the fuel of all that the church does. We will not call others to Christ if we are not cherishing Him ourselves. Worship of God’s glory is also the goal of the church’s entire ministry as we long for others to know andworship God through Christ and rejoice and exult in His glory (Ps. 67:1-4).
The sum of all the commandments is to love God with all our heart, soul and mind (Matt. 22:37). To love God is to worship Him supremely in our adoration and affections and obedience (John 14:21-24; Rom 12:1). We are first and foremost to be lovers of God. Jesus said this results in God’s joy, blessing and power being made manifest in the lives of His loving children (John 14:21-24; 15:10-11). The absence of love for Him has monumental consequences in the life of every believer as well as the church as a whole (1 Cor.16:22; Rev.2:4-7)
How does the Church glorify God?