In accordance with how the Holy Bible defines the Christian, we are the church, which is a chosen people set apart by God as a royal and holy priesthood. We are the salt for a tasteless and vitamin-J (Jesus) deficient world. We are a city on a hill that is to stand out among all others, and we are the light that shines ever-so brightly in this world of darkness; shining in such a way that Christ's light in us cannot be hidden and is evident and visible to all for whom we encounter.
2. What is our purpose?
We shall strive to keep ourselves spotless from the world and its darkness so that we can live as a testimony to those around us of Christ's love, forgiveness, grace and mercy. We shall worship God through prayer, fasting, repentance, and the studying of God's Word. We are a chosen people, called to love all, regardless of their race, economic status, or human error. We recognize ourselves as sinners and understand that while Christ died for our sins and loves us no matter what we have done in the past, we are also supposed to love everyone in the community regardless. We are to go out shining the Light of Christ to this world lost in darkness, making disciples for the transformation of the world. In the words of Billy Graham, it is our job to preach, the Holy Spirit's job to convict, and God's job to judge. From this perspective, we shall preach the gospel of Christ to all nations, sometimes even using words!
3. Who is our neighbor?
Our neighbor is everyone that we come in to contact with regardless of race, religion, social-economical status, age, and sex. Every single person is of value in the eyes of God, and so shall they be of value in our eyes.
4. What are our next steps?
Our next steps consist of consistently practicing all these things that define who we are, what our purpose is, and who our neighbors are. We are to be servants to all as Christ was to all that He encountered. We will earnestly seek God through prayer, fasting, and Bible study. We will meet together to discuss what God is doing in our lives, pray and encourage one another, and engage in sermons that are true to the Word of God and show relevancy to their meaning in today's times without taking away or adding to their meanings. In all things that we do, we will not do them for personal gain or for recognition, but rather, for following the commandment of Jesus to make disciples of all nations, and to bring glory and honor to His Holy Name!