Creating a covenant community that worships Christ above all
While the formation of God's people is ultimately the Lord's work (Jonah 2:9), we know that God uses the means of His people's labors to often bring about this formation. Thus, we seek to make disciples of all peoples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey all that Jesus has commanded (Matt. 28:18-20). This has outward implications in evangelism, missions, and church planting and inward implications in discipleship, the church member's ministry, and the pastor's oversight. We believe that Hell is terrible, Heaven is wonderful, and eternity is a long time; even more than this, we are eager to see the glory of God cover the earth as the waters cover the sea (Hab 2:14), so we devote ourselves to spreading the good news and making disciples with our whole lives. This is a calling that is for all of Christ's disciples, not just those employed by a church.
A Covenant Community
The "Lone Ranger" may make good television, but doesn't make good Christians. The Bible teaches that all Christians are to be in deep, intentional community with other Christians within a local church. This community is to be like a family where we are to exercise all of the various "one another" commands of the New Testament, such as:
- Speaking the truth to one another in love (Eph 4:11-16)
- Exhorting one another (Heb 3:12-14)
- Gathering together for corporate worship to encourage one another (Heb 10:24-25)
- Confessing sin to one another (James 5:16)
- Bearing one another's burdens (Gal 6:1)
We are constantly striving to foster this kind of loving, intentional community. At our church, new members who join sign a church covenant which is a pledge between our congregation and them to pursue this kind of community here at QBC. A covenant is a relational commitment made between two parties that is binding and authoritative where each part agrees to act, be, or do something for each other. In the church, our covenant looks like the member committing to live out the Christian life here at this church and to submit to its oversight, and the church committing to loving, caring for, and providing oversight to the individual.
Who Worships Christ Above All
Our aim in everything we do is to lift high the blazing center of Christian worship: Jesus Christ and His glory. In all of our evangelism, discipleship, love, care, ministry--in every facet of our life--we desire to worship Jesus more than any other competitor--be it another religious idea or simply our own comfort and desires. Sin is an exhausting taskmaster and a cheap replacement for our gentle and lowly Savior, Jesus. Our covenant community, the church, is a forge by which we stoke the fires of worship in the hearts and lives of our people, so that we may not be duped into thinking there is something better out there than Jesus.