Grace Life Church opens in Ankeny By Seth Channell, pastor, Grace Life Church
My name is Seth Channell and I am the pastor of a new church in Ankeny — Grace Life Church.
My aim with these monthly articles is to strengthen the faith of Christians and provide a deeper understanding of Christianity for those who do not consider themselves Christians. To accomplish this goal, I will seek to address spiritual questions commonly raised by those within and without the Christian faith. However, today I want introduce you to foundational truths of the local church I serve. (For more on Grace Life Church visit www.gracelifedsm.org.)
• Glory of God focused. The Bible teaches that all things were created for one primary purpose — to bring glory to God (Isaiah 43:6-7). The glory of God can be understood as the display of the infinite value of God.Because God is infinitely valuable, every individual Christian and every local church must have a continual, intentional and passionate focus on the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31, Ephesians 3:21).
• Christ-centered. God’s glory is most clearly demonstrated through the Person and Work of His Son, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:3). Through Jesus’ life on this earth and death on the cross, He has redeemed people unto himself — a people known as His church. As His local church, we strive above all things to know Him, love Him, praise Him, serve Him and spread the good news of His atoning death and triumph resurrection, which is the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-5). It is by, through and for Him that we exist; therefore, it is our goal to keep Him and His message at the center of all that we say and do.
“In all things He must have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:18).
• Biblically based. It is our desire to be thoroughly biblical in every area of our lives. Our purpose, our methods and our goals must be from sound, biblical teaching. We reject the modern concept that biblical goals can be achieved by man-centered, man-empowered methods. Our theology must dictate our methodology.
• The local church. We believe that meaningful and enduring fellowship in a local church is absolutely essential to the Christian’s life and ministry. Para-church or media ministries can never take the place of the local church and its ministers. We are called to be committed to gather together for the purpose of encouraging one another and stimulating one another to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24-25).
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