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"America's lack of concern regarding its sin began when the pulpit became cowardice regarding it."
Pastor Derek Melton

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The Purpose Statement of the Local Church

The purpose of Grace Life Church is to glorify God by obediently making and equipping disciples of Christ, in Pryor, Ok and throughout the world, by the power of the Spirit.

"TO GLORIFY GOD BY OBEDIENTLY..."
Ephesians 3:21, 5:21-27; Acts 20:28; 2 Corinthians 6:20; Matthew 16:18; Colossians 1:18; Matthew 8:27; Psalm 148:8; 2 Corinthians 8:1; 1 Samuel 15:1-3, 19-23; Acts 5:29; Romans 16:19; John 14:15

"...MAKING AND EQUIPPING DISCIPLES OF CHRIST..."
Matthew 28:18-20, Ephesians 4:11-12, Colossians 1:28-29, Mark 3:14, Acts 2:41-47, 2 Timothy 2:2

"...IN PRYOR AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD..."
Acts 1:8; John 8:12, 4:42, 3:16; 1 John 2:2; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; John 20:21; Acts 13:1-4, 24:5; John 12:9
"...BY THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT."

Matthew 28:20; Colossians 1:28-29; John 3:8; Acts 1:8; John 16:8, 6:44; 1 Corinthians 2:10, 14; Acts 13:1-4

We employ three strategies to accomplish our purpose:

STRATEGY #1: CONGREGATIONAL WORSHIP

Congregational Worship: The church assembled to be strengthened by the preaching of the Word, to reinforce the faith through song, and to express congregational praise and worship to Christ, our Audience.

"THE CHURCH ASSEMBLED..."
Deuteronomy 31:12; Nehemiah 8:2; Luke 4:16; James 2:2; Acts 5:12, 6:5; Hebrews 10:24-25

"...TO BE STRENGTHENED BY THE PREACHING OF THE WORD..."
Acts 20:32, Exodus 35:1, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 2 Timothy 3:14-5:5, Ephesians 4:11-12

"...TO REINFORCE THE FAITH THROUGH SONG..."
Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 2:12

"...AND TO EXPRESS CONGREGATIONAL PRAISE AND WORSHIP TO CHRIST, OUR AUDIENCE."
Hebrews 13:15, Ephesians 5:19, Psalm 33:1, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Psalm 40:3, Exodus 15:1-18, Judges 5:1, Acts 16:25, Ephesians 5:18-19

STRATEGY #2: SMALL GROUPS

Small Group Strategy Statement: The church organized into Small Groups (Sunday School) to evangelize the lost, equip the saved, and provide fellowship to meet individual needs.

"THE CHURCH ORGANIZED..."
Genesis 1:1-31; Leviticus; Acts 6; Ephesians 4:11-12; 2 Timothy 2:2; 1 Corinthians 11:34, 15:23, 14:40

"...INTO SMALL GROUPS (SUNDAY SCHOOL)..."
Exodus 18:13-26; Luke 6:12-13; Acts 2:41, 46, 5:42; 2 Timothy 2:2

"...TO EVANGELIZE THE LOST..."
Acts 5:42, Romans 12:6-10

"...EQUIP THE SAVED..."
Acts 2:42, 46, 1:1; Colossians 1:28-29; 2 Timothy 2:2

"...AND PROVIDE FELLOWSHIP TO MEET INDIVIDUAL NEEDS."
Galatians 6:1, Matthew 18:15-17, James 2:15-16, 1 Corinthians 12:26

STRATEGY #3: PERSONALIZED, STRATEGIC WORLD MISSIONS MINISTRY

The entire local church family personally and strategically involved in world missions, mobilizing labourers, prayer, and finances to the end of glorifying God among all people.

"THE ENTIRE LOCAL CHURCH FAMILY..."
Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:47, John 20:21, Acts 1:8

"...PERSONALLY AND STRATEGICALLY INVOLVED IN WORLD MISSIONS..."
Acts 14:26-28, 13:2-3

"...MOBILIZING LABORERS, PRAYER, AND FINANCES..."
2 Peter 1:12-13

"...TO THE END OF GLORIFYING GOD AMONG ALL PEOPLE."
Psalm 67:1-2, Psalm 96:3

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