Our vision is to raise up new generations of both physical and spiritual descendants who are strong, bold, and fruitful in the love and mission of our Lord Jesus Christ.
To achieve our vision, we monitor our vitals. How do we know our church is healthy? We have four vital signs which help us to monitor the health of our church and the accomplishment of our mission. Just as medical vital signs are important for our physical bodies, our church vital signs are equally important for our spiritual life and our development as a body of believers. A church that fails to grow and maintain health in any one of these areas cannot remain spiritually well and vital for long.
1. Being partners together in the progress of the Gospel.
God's mission is the restoration of His Creation to its original glory and the establishment of His Kingdom
(Revelation 21:1-8; Matthew 13:44-45; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4). The people of PVCC partner together in fulfilling the Great Commision (Matthew 28:18-20) by:
Showing the love of Christ openly
Sharing the love of Christ relationally
Spreading the love of Christ corporately
2. Increasing in love that makes the best choices (Philippians 1:9-10).
Increasing in love...
Each follower of Christ is to engage in meaningful and effective ministry. A healthy and effective church joins with God in His mission to accomplish His vision. This happens through works of service (Ephesians 4:11-16; 2:10) and loving our neighbors as ourselves (Luke 10:25-37) so that we can work together in unity as partners in the progress of the Gospel.
God is on a mission of love, and we are called to join Him!
Making the best choices...
Each follower of Christ is to be consistently growing in spiritual maturity and in discernment to be able to know the best choices God would have us make. God's aim is for each member to be built up in Christ-likeness (Romans 8:28-30).
A healthy church must place a strong emphasis on teaching the content of the Bible and how it applies to everyday life. This teaching must take place throughout the entire ministry--not just for the adults (Matthew 28:19-20).
Each follower of Jesus is to be thoroughly equipped for every good work in maintaining our health and accomplishing our vision (1 Timothy 3:16-17).
3. Developing deep feelings of affection and connection with God, His Gospel, and one another.
Our prayer is that the people of PVCC develop significant relationships that revolve around Jesus and His mission. Without significant relationships, the church is just a crowd of people. A deep affection for God, His Gospel, and one another involves deepening relationships that are shared in the common bond of Christ. These relationships deepen through experiencing Jesus together in worship, faith, and mission.
"So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us" (1 Thessalonians 2:8, ESV).
4. Being faithful until the day of Christ Jesus.
The entire New Testament is written in the context of the end of all things and the return of Jesus on the Day of the Lord. Believers are to continue in their faith and be blameless before the Lord on the day of His return. This is our great hope and aim: when Jesus will appear and we will be transformed (Philippians 1:9-11; 3:20-21; 1 Peter 1:3-9, 13-15).
We are to be living in great anticipation of the return of Christ, and we are to be growing in Christ until the day of His return. (Romans 12:1-2).