Our vision for ministry.
The vision for our ministry is set forth in the answer to the first question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism: "to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever." We desire, above all, to glorify God, to lift Him up, and to honor Him. Through our worship, our teaching, our fellowship, and our service we seek to give all glory and praise to God and to point people to Him.
We also desire to enjoy God. The enjoyment of God is not something reserved for some future day when we get to heaven, but there are many rich blessings God has for us to enjoy right now. We want to enjoy all that God is, all that God has done for us through the work of Jesus Christ, and all that God is doing in us through the Holy Spirit.
If our goals are the same as yours, if you desire these same things that we desire, perhaps Northpointe PCA is the church for you. Come join with us. Share in times of fellowship with us. Grow in grace with us. Serve the Lord with us. Yes, come glorify God and enjoy Him with us.
We believe the highest act for which we were created was for the worship and adoration of God. God has made us in His image so we might have fellowship with Him. It is in worship that we find the fullest expression of our existence and find the fullness of our joy. At Northpointe, we are committed to uplifting and meaningful worship that glorifies God, encourages our hearts, and points us to Christ.
We understand that to follow Jesus Christ is to be His disciple. Discipleship is steady growth in our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It involves a greater degree of spiritual maturity and more willing service to Jesus. This growth and maturity comes through the use of the means for grace. Those means of grace (or means of spiritual growth) are worship, the Word of God, the sacraments, prayer, and fellowship. The organized activities of the church are designed to help our body grow in its love for Christ and in its commitment to Him.
EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS
Jesus Christ has commissioned the church to go out and to make disciples. That is done by proclaiming and sharing the good news of the gospel. We are committed to proclaiming that good news of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ here in Meridian and helping to proclaim that good news around the world.
We understand that the church does not exist for itself or for its own benefit, but it is to be involved in serving others. Jesus set the example for us by washing the feet of His disciples. We are concerned not only about spiritual needs, but also about the physical, social, and emotional needs in our community. We desire to find ways we can serve others with the grace of God.
How can you know God?
The most important pressing question in the heart of man is, "How can I know God?" God created us in His image, and there is a void in the life of every person until they come to know, and have a relationship with, the living God. If you are struggling with how you can know God, the following may be of great interest to you.
WHO IS HE?
In order to know God, you must first know something about Him. Some knowledge of God is essential if you are going to have a relationship with God. We get our knowledge of God from the Bible. It is in His Word that God has revealed Himself to us and has told us about Himself. The biblical definition of God is summarized well in the answer to the 4th question in The Shorter Catechism, "What is God?" "God is a spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable, in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth."
WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ME?
Because God is holy, that creates a problem for us. The Bible says we are sinners. Romans 3:23 says, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." A holy God cannot have a relationship with sinful people. God is too holy even to look upon sin, much less to enter into a relationship with those who are caught up in it. His justice requires that He judge us for our sin and punish us for our disobedience.
WHAT CAN I DO?
The good news of the gospel is that God has satisfied His justice for our sin by the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ. God sent His Son to die on the cross in our place, to take our sin upon Himself, and to pay the penalty that we deserve. As a result, God is able to forgive us of our sin and to adopt us as His children.
The Bible calls that grace. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, "For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast."
So the answer is: There is nothing you can do. Jesus did it all for you and all you can do is trust in Him. Salvation is by grace through faith. It is as you believe in Jesus and have faith in His atoning sacrifice on the cross for you that you can be saved. Romans 10:9 says, "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
WHAT DO I RECEIVE?
When you place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, you receive forgiveness of your sins and the gift of eternal life. 1 John 1:9 promises that "If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." John 3:16 says, "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."
WHAT IF I'M NOT SURE I'M A CHRISTIAN?
God wants you to know that you belong to Him and to have confidence about your relationship with Him. I John 5:13 says, "These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life." Continuing to practice sin, failure to read the Bible and pray, as well as lack of Christian fellowship and accountability can cause you to doubt your salvation. If you have doubts, look again to Christ and what He has done for you, repent of your sin, and ask the Holy Spirit to help you live in a way that pleases God.