SCOC seeks to be a church that influences our culture and other cultures of the world through the power of the gospel. We will focus on people groups following the pattern laid out to the apostles in Acts 1:8 when the risen Christ told them that they would be His witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.
OUR PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY
We believe that the Scriptures describe a healthy church as one which is engaged in ministries of worship, learning (edification), fellowship (discipleship), evangelism, and acts of mercy (benevolence). Because of this, our Ministry Strategy will include purposeful attention to each of these core areas of ministry. We strive to be a church that combines biblical preaching, teaching, and training with meaningful group life.
Mission Statement: To make God supreme in the affections of His people. Worship is both adoration and action, and it involves our whole person, intellect, will, emotion, physical posture, action, and words. In worship, we express praise and honor to God by declaring who He is, what He has done, and what He promises to do in the future. Worship should be done out of a spirit of love, humility, thanksgiving, joy, and proper fear as a natural result of faith in Christ and in obedience to God’s Word.
Worship is to be understood in a broad sense, and a narrow sense. Broadly, we are to offer our whole lives in service and obedience to God to the praise of His glory. (Rom. 12:1; Deut. 6:4-9; Isa. 1:10-17; Mic. 6:6-8; Hosea 6:6). Narrowly, worship refers to the occasions of public worship services in which the saints of God are assembled together in God’s presence to corporately declare His praises and hear from His Word. Both are necessary and cannot be done without the mutual support of the other.
Mission Statement: To teach the Word of God so that God’s people learn to think God’s thoughts on any given topic and live lives that passionately reflects His glory in all situations.
Our goal is not to provide a long list of educational, classroom setting programs. Rather, we want to teach members to think clearly about the Scriptures and how they apply to life, whose knowledge leads to greater love for Christ instead of spiritual pride, and whose lives are transformed by the truth of the gospel they increasingly come to understand.
Mission Statement: To be a church family who loves and nurtures one another in joy and trial. The picture of the church in Scripture is that in Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Rom. 12:5). Belonging, involves loving care and personal sacrifice as we consider each other’s needs above our own. Belonging is also our glorious privilege. This biblical reality stands against the hyper-individualism of the secular culture, as well as the spiritual isolation that has crept into the church. We desire to see our church become a thriving family of families, whose unity and love reflect the unity between Jesus and the Father of which Jesus spoke, that they may be one, as we are one. (John 17:11). SCOC will follow the model of fellowship styles, having large gatherings for corporate worship and small group gatherings for nurture, fellowship, study, training, outreach, etc.
Mission Statement: To equip and send out each member as an ambassador of Christ and the good news of His gospel. SCOC seeks a balanced emphasis on the natural, personal evangelistic efforts of our members, foundational values for equipping and mobilizing believers, a major emphasis will be to train people who have been transformed by the gospel message to take that message into their communities.
Acts of Mercy/Benevolence
Mission Statement: To adorn the gospel with ministries of mercy that meets the needs of people in our community. Mercy ministries are fundamentally important to the ministry of the church. We are servants of our community, not the other way around. Therefore, we seek to make a noticeable difference in the quality of life in the city by ministering to the poor, imprisoned, and unchurched. These ministries in deed complement and adorn our evangelistic ministries. As our culture changes and becomes less and less anchored in a pursuit of truth, the role of mercy ministries will become increasingly important for the effectiveness of the evangelism of the church.