"Every church is driven by something... in order for a church to be healthy it must become a purpose-driven church, built around the New Testament purposes given to the church by Jesus."
At LaVerne Community Church, we believe this is true, and fully embrace the "Purpose Driven Declaration."
THE PURPOSE DRIVEN DECLARATION
Today I am stepping across the line. Iím tired of waffling and Iím finished with wavering, Iíve made my choice, the verdict is in, and my decision is irrevocable. Iím going Godís way. Thereís no turning back now!
I will live the rest of my life serving Godís purposes with Godís people on Godís planet for Godís glory. I will use my life to celebrate his presence, cultivate his character, participate in his family, demonstrate his love, and communicate his Word.
Since my past has been forgiven, and I have a purpose for living, and a home awaiting in heaven, I refuse to waste any more time or energy on shallow living, petty thinking, trivial talking, thoughtless doing, useless regretting, hurtful resenting, or faithless worrying. Instead I will magnify God, grow to maturity, serve in ministry, and fulfill my mission in the membership of his family.
Because this life is preparation for the next, I will value worship over wealth, ďweĒ over ďme,Ē character over comfort, service over status, and people over possessions, position, and pleasures. I know what matters most, and Iíll give it all Iíve got. Iíll do the best I can with what I have for Jesus Christ today.
I wonít be captivated by culture, manipulated by critics, motivated by praise, frustrated by problems, debilitated by temptation, or intimidated by the devil. Iíll keep running my race with my eyes on the goal, not the sidelines or those running by me. When times get tough, and I get tired, I wonít back up, back off, back down, back out, or backslide. Iíll just keep moving forward by Godís grace. Iím Spirit-led, purpose driven, and mission-focused, so I cannot be bought, I will not be compromised, and I shall not quit until I finish the race.
Iím a trophy of Godís amazing grace, so I will be gracious to everyone, grateful for every day, and generous with everything God entrusts to me.
To my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I say, "However, whenever, wherever, and whatever you ask me to do, my answer in advance is yes! Wherever you lead and whatever the cost Iím ready. Anytime. Anywhere. Anyway. Whatever it takes, Lord; whatever it takes! I want to be used by you in such a way, that on that final day Iíll hear you say, 'Well done, thou good and faithful one. Come on in, and let the eternal party begin!'"
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