Purpose and Values

Why does Cedarhome Exist?

Cedarhome Baptist Church exists to bring glory to God by making disciples of Jesus Christ through gospel-centered worship, gospel-centered community, gospel-centered service, and gospel-centered multiplication.

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What are Cedarhome’s Values?

Celebrating the Gospel of Jesus

Faith in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is at the center of all we do at Cedarhome.  We desire to lean into the truths of the Gospel as we rely on Christ to work in and through us.  The goal of every sermon, Bible study, Sunday school lesson, community group, conversation, and prayer is not to make a big deal out of people or out of religion, but to make a big deal out of our crucified, resurrected, and reigning Lord Jesus!

 

Gospel-Centered Community

Living together in community is a vital part of becoming like Jesus.  We want every person at Cedarhome to know others and to be known by others.  In addition to worshiping the Lord as a church family on Sunday mornings, we also strongly encourage covenant members to attend a community group and to participate in other discipleship friendships and groups.

 

Family-Friendly

We are thrilled to include people from every generation in our church family!  Rather than separating people according to age groups, we encourage multigenerational friendships and ministry.  Parents are welcome to keep their children with them during church services, so that they can worship together as a family. Many of our community groups are open to the whole family.  Whether you are one day old or 99 years old, we love you and value you!

 

Gracious Hospitality

We want to welcome and serve one another well, both on our church property and in our own homes.  We desire to exemplify a warm, welcoming atmosphere in which people are loved, valued, and safe.  We want to reach out to one another, to learn each other’s names, and to get to know each other over a beverage or meal.

 

Gospel-Centered Discipleship 

A disciple of Jesus is a person who has first been reconciled into relationship with God through new birth by trust in the gospel, and then is subsequently growing in a love for God and love for others. The gospel guides the content of our discipleship, the form of our discipleship, and the attitude of our discipleship.  We do not seek to grow in Christ in order to earn his approval; rather, we trust that Christ earned God’s approval for us on the cross, and we now desire to obey God, because we love him.

 

Gospel-Centered Service

Our Lord Jesus exemplifies what it means to serve others at great cost to oneself.  As disciples of Jesus, we want to serve others as Jesus has served us. Whether we’re cleaning the church, teaching Sunday school, or playing a musical instrument, it is a joyful privilege to use our time and energy to serve in our church body.

Also, we want to serve our town and society well.  Gospel ministry to others does not preach the Gospel with words and then leave the hurting to fend for themselves.  Neither does Gospel ministry care only for the physical needs of people while abandoning the verbal proclamation of the Gospel.  True gospel ministry loves others both by caring for the spiritual AND physical needs of others.

 

Gospel-Centered Multiplication

It is our desire to see the glory of the Lord multiplied as quickly as possible among all peoples around the globe.  At Cedarhome, we want to make disciples who make more disciples.  We want to make leaders who make more leaders.  We want to make community groups that make more community groups.  We want to reach our homes, neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces with the Gospel of Jesus.  We plan to do that by intentionally multiplying disciples.

 

Shepherd Leaders

In Scripture, God institutes two primary leadership offices in the local church: elders and deacons (1 Tim. 2-3).  The elders are the overseers or “shepherds” of the local church, and their duty is to know the flock, to feed the flock, to lead the flock, and to protect the flock in their care.  Likewise, Christians are commanded to submit to the leadership of the elders in their local church (Heb. 13:17).  The desire of the elders at Cedarhome is not to “lord over” the flock, but to serve the flock and to aid them in their spiritual growth.

 

Expository Preaching

Our Sunday morning sermons are not only based on the Bible, but also saturated with the Bible.  We preach the Bible exclusively, because the Bible is exclusively God’s Word.  To preach the Bible most accurately and helpfully, we tend to preach verse-by-verse through one book of the Bible at a time.  Preaching at Cedarhome is a time of worshiping Jesus together and exalting his great name!

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