We pray that our church will be known in Goodyear, the West Valley, and beyond by these eight priorities:
We want our church to be organized around a crystal clear understanding of the gospel message. The message of Jesus Christ’s sinless life, substitutionary death, and bodily resurrection is not only good news for non-Christians, it is essential for the life of God’s people. There is nothing in the life of a church that should rival the proclamation and application of the gospel.
The preaching of God’s Word is the lifeblood of his church. If you pay attention, you’ll notice that our songs, Scripture reading, home group discussions, etc. all take their shape around the Sunday morning sermon. We believe that the main diet of our preaching ministry should be expositional preaching – preaching that faithfully exposes the biblical text on its own terms. Ideally, the main point of the Scripture text is the main point of the sermon, applied to the lives of the congregation. We want RGC to be a people that prioritizes the preached Word and eagerly responds to it in faith-filled obedience.
Worship is about what we value most – what we ascribe worth to in our lives. Worship in the Bible comprises all of life, not just our music! If we are worshiping God during the week, the corporate gathering ought to be the culmination or grand finale of one’s week of worship to the Lord. When we gather together, it should be obvious that the Lord is the treasure of our hearts.
Every Christian is a disciple or follower of King Jesus. Discipleship is simply the process of helping one another grow in Christian maturity in the image of Christ. At RGC, we want our discipleship to be both deep and deliberate. We want our people to flourish in their knowledge of the Scripture and theology so that the roots of their faith grow deep and strong. Our discipleship priorities for every church member are:
1) Corporate worship
2) Corporate prayer
3) Home groups
4) Other things (Discipleship class, men’s and women’s groups, 1-to-1 discipleship)
One of primary marks of a Christian is his or her self-giving, sacrificial love for God’s people in the community of faith. At RGC, we want to be known as a church full of people who selflessly serve one another, humbly mute their extra-biblical preferences, generously open their homes and resources to one another, and eagerly minister within the body of Christ. As we serve one another, our church will build itself up in love, and those without Jesus will recognize that we are followers of Jesus.
There are few more important things that a church can do together than pray. Prayer is a testimony of our individual and corporate dependence on God. Prayer also evidences our love for each other. In the New Testament, we not only see the priority of personal prayer, but also the priority of corporate prayer. As the body gathers regularly to pray, we will have increasing ways to praise God for answers to prayer, to see him at work in our midst, to express our care for each other, and to cry out to the Lord for his help as we seek to be faithful ministers of the gospel in the West Valley and around the world.
At RGC, we expect our members to increasingly know and be able to articulate the gospel, to develop gospel oriented relationships, and to seize opportunities to proclaim the good news to those around them. While we may have some evangelistic programs in and through the church, we emphasize the equipping and personal responsibility of our members to reach the lost. Our church schedule is pretty mere, and one of the reasons for its simplicity is to free up our members to weave their lives into the lives of those who need Jesus.
We believe that the mission of the church is found in Jesus’ “Great Commission” to his disciples before he ascended. The church of Jesus Christ is to make disciples among the nations, knowing that our God is gathering a people for himself from every tribe, tongue, and nation. Our missions philosophy is to support strategic gospel workers well - through finances, support, and visits for ministry and care. Our hope is that many will go out from our body to proclaim the gospel and help establish churches among the nations!