We Exalt Christ.
Our first and foremost purpose is to exalt our Lord Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:20-21; Eph. 1:20-23; 4:7-16). Everything else is second to this primary goal.
because we are indebted to Him
Christ purchased us with His own precious blood (Rev. 5:9; 1 Pet. 1:19). With that blood, He paid the ransom for our redemption (1 Tim. 2:5-6; Heb. 9:11-12), the forgiveness of our sins (Eph. 1:7). No one forced Him to this. He willingly laid down (John 10:18) His own innocent and sinless life (Heb. 7:26; 2 Cor. 5:21) as a propitiation for our sins (Rom. 3:25) as our substitute (Isaiah 53:5-6). We believe and feel deeply in our souls that we are indebted to Him (2 Cor. 5:14-15).
Because we are new creatures in Him
We are new creatures in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). The life we live in the flesh we live by faith in Him, the Son of God, who loved us and gave Himself up for us (Gal. 2:20). We have been bought with a price, wherefore, we glorify God in our body (1 Cor. 6:20). Furthermore, we have His promise, the Holy Spirit, who indwells us (Eph. 1:13-14), in whom we have the obligation to put to death the deeds of the body and be led of Him (Rom. 8:9-14).
Because this is the Father's will
In Christ, we were reconciled to the Father (Rom. 5:1-11; Eph. 2:14-18) and were given the right to be children of God (John 1:12-13). And it is the Father's will that we honor (John 5:22-23) and obey His Son (Rom. 1:1-5) and exalt Him who is our head (Eph. 1:22-23; 4:11-16; Col. 1:18) and supreme authority (Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:19-21; Phil. 2:9-11).
Because He is coming back
We long for and eagerly wait for our Lord to return to rescue us from the wrath to come (1 Thes. 1:10) and to glorify the body of our humble state into conformity to His (Phil. 3:20-21). We clutch onto His resounding promise, "I am coming quickly" (Rev. 22:7, 12, 20) and say with the Apostle John, "Amen. Come, Lord Jesus" (Rev. 22:20).
We Worship God.
God redeemed us to be His worshippers (John 4:23-24). To not worship or give thanks to the one and only true and living God is the outrageous sin of malfeasance that provokes the wrath of God (Rom. 1:18-25). We were created to worship Him and to serve Him only (Luke 4:8). We firmly believe that He did make us and not we ourselves (Ps. 100:3). We also firmly believe that the entire universe was created by Him and because of His will everything (including our bodies and our souls) exist and were created (Rev. 5:11). This practically means we worship God both in private (Matt. 6:5-6) and in public. The latter we exercise specifically in this church body through our corporate worship and gatherings together in worship service and community groups (Acts 2:42-47; Heb. 10:24-25; Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16; 1 Cor. 14:26). Furthermore, our daily lives are a means of worship (Rom. 12:1), because whether we eat or drink or whatever we do, we are to do all things to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31).
We Proclaim Christ.
We proclaim Christ. We defend and confirm the gospel of Jesus Christ and partner with others who do the same (Phil. 1:5-7). We follow in a long line of genuine believers who did not cower but preached the gospel (Acts 8:1-5; Col. 1:7; Phil. 1:14-17; Col. 4:5-6; 1 Peter 3:16; 1 Thes. 1:8). We are called by God to stand firmly for the gospel and even suffer for it (Phil. 1:27-30; Heb. 10:32-39), and we dare not shrink back lest we turn out to be like those whose part will be in the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8). God wants disciples from among all the nations (Matt. 28:18-20; Rom. 1:5), and we long for the blessing of playing a part in calling sinners to repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21). We are a church whose members regularly proclaim the gospel to our neighbors and our colleagues and new friends ("strangers"). We have a greater desire and prayer that the Lord will grant us the blessing of sending out from our own members men of godly character who would willingly give up their jobs and the American Dream to spread the Word of God and proclaim it far and wide for the glory of Christ.
We Love One Another.
We love one another, because God first loved us (1 John 4:10, 19). Christian love needs no coersion because believers are "God-taught" to love one another (1 Thes. 4:9). Not only do we have the command from our Lord to mimic His love (John 13:33-34; 1 John 3:11, 23), but love has always been a part of our inherent Christian "DNA" (1 John 3:10, 14; 4:8, 20), ever since the very beginning of the church (Acts 2:44-47). We ever fight the flesh and strive to love one another not in word only but in deed and truth (1 John 3:18). We strive to live out a biblical love that shows patience and kindness, devoid of jealousy and boasting and arrogance, etc. (1 Cor. 13:4-7), ever being leery of a love that is charity only or sacrifice only (1 Cor. 13:3). We rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep (Rom. 12:15). We also strive to demonstrate warmth and affection toward one another and on a weekly basis set aside time to heartily greet one another before Sunday service (1 Thes. 5:26; Phil 4:22).