Vision and Ministries
Be a Spiritual Family
Grace Immanuel is not a group of people who have all decided to worship in the same place. We are a spiritual family. We are a household of faith. One of the great blessings of the New Covenant is that we are all one in Christ Jesus. We respect all ethnic backgrounds and desire to develop ministries that are geared toward fostering a climate of closeness and acceptance of all Christ’s people.
Grow in Grace and Truth
The Christian life is not a fifty-yard dash. It is not give it all you got for a few brief seconds and then it is over. It requires long-term commitment to run the race that is set before us. Therefore, it is one of the tasks of the local church to ground the saints in the faith so that they will be continually growing in Christ likeness.
Take the Gospel to Grand Rapids
The Lord Jesus commissioned His Apostles to begin preaching the Gospel at Jerusalem. One of the lessons we ought to glean from that is that missions begin at home. There are hundreds and thousands of souls all around us in Grand Rapids. We want to take the gospel to them with love and zeal.
Show Compassion to the Needy
We have not only been called to preach the Gospel but to live it before the world. One of the ways that we display the power of the gospel to the world is by practical deeds of benevolence to the needy. We do not see compassion-based ministries merely as a strategy to fill up the church, but as ways to love our neighbors to the glory of God.
Advance God’s Truth in the World
This particular aspect of our vision is focused upon spreading the truth beyond the borders of our local communities to the world at large. We long to see the kingdom of Christ extended far and wide.
Worship with Reverence and Joy
It is a beautiful thing when Christ’s people are joined together in corporate worship to offer up praise to God. The Lord has been pleased to grant us a measure of Spirit filled worship. In each worship service we all as New Covenant priests have a vital role to fulfill.
Pass on our Heritage
No small part of our vision is to pass on to the next generation a Christ centered biblically based church. This means that we must look far beyond what we want to accomplish in the here an now and prepare for the future. We have ministries designed to pass on the torch.