The French term “Raison D’Etre” means “reason for being” or “justification for existance” The purpose of Haven Baptist Church is based on the Scriptural reference in Acts 2:41-43. The Scripture states four purposes for the New Testament Church that are also the foundational purposes for our church. Haven Baptist Church will focus on these four purposes as the basis for all decisions and ministries:
Haven Baptist Church exists to reach lost people for whom Christ died. Luke 19:10 tells us that the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost. Jesus provided salvation by His substitutionary death on the cross. When He ascended back into heaven, He gave the church the commission to take the Gospel into all the world.
Haven Baptist Church exists to help believers become fully devoted followers of Christ. After three thousand were saved and added to the church on the day of Pentecost, “they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine”. Haven Baptist Church must not only win the lost, it must also nurture new babes in Christ. Edification includes nurturing, maturing, and reproducing. We cannot be satisfied until every believer has become a mature, reproducing disciple of the Lord Jesus.
Haven Baptist Church exists to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs within the body of Christ and to provide a biblical means of mutual accountability. Not only did the New Testament Church see three thousand saved and continue daily in the apostles’ doctrine, they also continued steadfastly in fellowship. Christian fellowship means meeting the basic needs of every individual. We are our brothers’ keeper. We must be accountable to one another.
Haven Baptist Church exists to worship and glorify God together as a body of believers. Borrowing Warren Wiersbe’s definition of worship: “Worship is the believer’s response of all that he is – mind, emotions, will, and body – to all that God is and says and does.” The ultimate purpose of Haven Baptist Church is to glorify God and to honour Him. May all that we do, say, or think, as individual believers and as a local body of believers, bring glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is important that we understand our purpose as a church. Everything we do must be determined by our purpose. Unfortunately, many churches today have gotten away from these four basic biblical purposes. May that never be true of Haven Baptist Church.