Philosophy of Ministry
A Gospel Driven Church
A Gospel Driven Church
Coast Community Church is all about Jesus Christ. We believe that we exist by Jesus Christ and for Jesus Christ. We believe that we honor Jesus Christ by worshiping Him as He is revealed in the gospel and by orienting our lives, at home and in the church, around that good news of all that He has promised to be for us as we live to obey His commands. Therefore, we seek to be a "gospel driven" church in all that we do. (Colossians 1:16; Philippians 1:12-21; Matthew 28:20; Romans 14:7-12)
Our message is the whole counsel of God found in the 66 books of the Bible. But the message that permeates and ties together all that is taught in the Scriptures is the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is "good news." This good news is concerning the Person and work of Jesus Christ. The work of Jesus Christ centers upon His cross which provides a gift of righteousness (a perfect record of obedience, including the forgiveness of sins) for sinners who believe in Him. This gift of righteousness secures the gift of eternal life (all the good that God promises us in Jesus for this life and the next life). (Romans 1:16-17; Romans 5:6-10, 17-21; 10:9-13; Ephesians 2:8-10)
The gospel is the good news of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone who offers sinners a gift of righteousness leading to LIFE.
The goal of the gospel is godliness (love) and the goal of love is God Himself - being like Him, glorifying Him and enjoying Him. (1 Timothy 1:5; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; 10:31; 16:14; Romans 8:28-30; John 14:21, 23; Psalm 16:11) The truth of the gospel is what sets us free to love like Christ loves and to enjoy God. (John 8:31-36) Therefore, we have a three-fold passion at Coast that we desire to spread.
We exist to make disciples who rest in Jesus, hope in God, and pursue love.
Our G.R.A.C.E. Commitments
The Head of the Church is Jesus Christ and He has called us to live out our faith in the gospel in certain ways, as His body. Our G.R.A.C.E. commitments are a summary of what the Scriptures call us to do as believers in Jesus, corporately and individually. G.R.A.C.E. is an acrostic for Guarding, Rejoicing, Applying, Communicating, and Engaging.
Guarding the Truth for Purity of Doctrine
Rejoicing in Jesus in All Preaching, Teaching, and Song
Applying the Gospel in Everyday Life
Communicating the Gospel to Unbelievers
Engaging in Good Deeds to Meet Pressing Needs
We also fully recognize that we cannot accomplish anything to the glory of God and the good of others apart from the grace of Jesus Christ, but that His grace is sufficient to enable us to be the church He has called us to be. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:14-26; John 15:1-11; Philippians 4:13; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Guarding the Truth for Purity of Doctrine (Word): Getting the Gospel Right
We are gracefully committed to "gospel exultation" through careful exposition of the Scriptures and the faithful proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ as most clearly and systematically presented in the book of Romans and as expounded and applied through-out the whole of Scripture.
We will labor to properly handle God's Word and to accurately proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. We will labor to argue for and fight against the tendency to deny, ignore or weaken
the truth of the Supreme Goodness of God
the truth of the idolatry of man
the truth of the imputed righteousness of Christ
the truth of faith in the promises of God
the truth of the obedience of faith
the truth of God's sovereignty over salvation
the truth of Christ's willingness to save all who are willing to come
We are committed to "getting the gospel right." This is a way of saying that we are committed to the Incarnate Word, Jesus Christ, who has revealed Himself to us through the External Word, the Scriptures. (John 1:1-17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17) And we have been called to guard the truth of the gospel in the Scriptures and pursue greater and greater doctrinal purity in all our ministries. (2 Timothy 1:13-14; 2:14-26; 4:1-4; 1 Timothy 3:15; 4:16; Romans 1:15-17; John 8:31-32; 1 Corinthians 13:6) This commitment is practically expressed through the ministry of elders as well as leadership training in the Timothy Group and the Titus Group.
Rejoicing in Jesus in All Preaching, Teaching, and Song (Worship): Getting the Gospel In
We are gracefully committed to "gospel saturation" in our congregational life so that we faithfully and thoroughly communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ in clear and consistent and creative ways as we gather together to worship, edify, and equip one another for the fight of faith.
We will labor to pursue gospel-oriented worship that exalts Jesus Christ so that we may receive the truth and respond to the truth to the glory of God. We will labor to permeate all that is preached and taught with the good news of Jesus Christ.
We are committed to "getting the gospel in." This is a way of saying that we are committed to the worship of Jesus Christ through Christ-centered preaching and teaching and singing that exalts Jesus as our satisfaction and encourages us to rejoice always in Him. (John 4:23-24; Luke 24:27; 1 Corinthians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 3:17-4:6; Philippians 4:4; Colossians 3:16; John 8:31-32) This commitment is practically expressed in our corporate worship and worship team, sound team, Sunday School, midweek Bible studies, youth ministry and youth leadership team, hospitality team, women's ministry, retreats, finance team, and even our facility concerns.
Applying the Gospel in Everyday Life (Watchcare): Getting the Gospel On
We are gracefully committed to "gospel appropriation" in our fellowship together so that we encourage and counsel one another to trust in the gospel and to apply the gospel in the myriad of circumstances that each of us face, day in and day out.
We will encourage all believers to see themselves as ministers of the gospel and to increase our gospel-oriented ministry to one another. We will labor to encourage one another and to equip one another to apply the gospel in every relationship and situation of life.
We are committed to "getting the gospel on." This is a way of saying that we are committed to practical theology and a kind of watchcare for one another that encourages and equips believers to apply the gospel in their daily lives and to counsel others to do so as well. We desire to see our fellowship as believers become increasingly Christ-exalting. (Philippians 1:20-21, 27; Romans 13:14; 15:13-14; Galatians 2:20; Colossians 2:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:18) This commitment is practically seen (or desires to be seen) in our formal counseling ministry as well as in the informal Biblical counseling that takes place, our Sunday afternoon fellowship time, our accountability groups, website ministry, church discipline, and the women's prayer chain.
Communicating the Gospel to Unbelievers (Witness): Getting the Gospel Out
We are "gracefully" committed to "gospel publication" in our neighborhoods, communities, nation, and world through compassionate and servant-oriented evangelism, distribution of helpful materials, and support of individuals and organizations who faithfully proclaim the gospel.
We will pursue gospel-oriented witness (testimony to unbelievers) in every way that is available to us, corporately and individually and as families.
We are committed to "getting the gospel out." This is a way of saying that we are committed to announcing or publishing the good news of Jesus Christ in whatever means or "media" that God may provide to do so. We desire to bear witness in words to those who need a Savior. (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:44-49; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Colossians 4:2-6; Romans 10:9-15) This commitment is practically seen in our audio ministry, our website ministry, our literature ministry, our advertising, our missions team, short-term missions trips, finance team, and in individual and family ministries.
Engaging in Good Deeds to Meet Pressing Needs (Work): Getting the Gospel Up
We are "gracefully" committed to "gospel demonstration" in merciful ministry to the sick and poor and needy within our body and outside our body for the practical display of the grace of God for ill-deserving sinners and the love of Christ for those who "need a physician" for the soul as well as for the body.
We will labor to serve the needs of the unbelieving world with the goal of displaying the truths of the gospel in word and deed, near and far.
We are committed to "getting the gospel up." This is a way of saying that we are committed to providing a platform for the gospel through practical ministry and work that meets pressing needs. (Titus 2:14; 3:8, 14; Matthew 5:13-16; Galatians 2:10; 6:10; Luke 6:27-36; Romans 12:9-21; Proverbs 31:8-9; Isaiah 1:17; Jeremiah 22:16; 2 Corinthians 8:9; James 1:27) This commitment is practically seen in our deacons ministry, benevolence fund, finance team, as well as individual, family, and corporate ministry as neighbors and citizens and in the pursuit of social justice.