Why Do We Exist?

This is our mission statement at LifePoint:

LifePoint exists to glorify God as a community being transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We begin that statement very intentionally with the emphasis on glorifying God. As we were forming this statement a little over three years ago, we surveyed a number of churches and found that many statements sounded like this:

“We exist to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus.”
“We exist to grow people as disciples of Jesus.”
“We exist to introduce people to Jesus.”
“We exist to love and lead people to Jesus.”

There is certainly nothing wrong with any of these statements. However, as we were forming ours, we were determined not only to state what we felt called to do, but also to explain the “why.” Why do we seek to lead people to Jesus? What is the ultimate end for which all humanity is created?

The Westminster Shorter Catechism (1647) says it this way:

Question: What is the chief end of man?
Answer: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.

So, God is the point of LifePoint.

But where do people come in?

Scripture teaches us that God sees fit to glorify himself through saving people.

Ephesians 1:5-12 says that we are adopted through Jesus Christ “to the praise of his glorious grace.” It continues to explain that our salvation is “according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ…so that we…might be to the praise of his glory.”

Sinners are saved to the praise of his glorious grace.
Sinners are saved so that his glory might be praised.

Here are two insightful quotes from Jonathan Edwards on this point:

“God’s purpose for my life was that I have a passion for God’s glory and that I have a passion for my joy in that glory, and that these two are one passion.”
― Jonathan Edwards

“God is the highest good of the reasonable creature. The enjoyment of him is our proper; and is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Better than fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of any, or all earthly friends. These are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops, but God is the ocean.”
― Jonathan EdwardsThe Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 17: Sermons and Discourses, 1730-1733

At LifePoint we believe that God is the point. His glory is the goal of all creation. This is where we must start and end both personally and as leaders in the local church.

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About Pastor Andrew

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Carissa, Daddy to four daughters, Lead Pastor at LifePoint Church in Vancouver, WA.
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