Mission & Beliefs

The Mission of God

From the beginning, the mission of God has been all about the Glory of God. “Glory” means “weight”. His glory is “weightier” than any other thing we could enjoy or endure. All that God does is done to make much of Himself, who alone is worthy of such honor. God’s mission is that all peoples would know him, experience him, and enjoy him as supreme. In doing so, people will exchange lesser things in the sight of his glory. (Isaiah 43:6-7, Ephesians 3:1-14, Genesis 1:26-28)

The Mission of the Church

As we truly enjoy the glory of God, we will exchange our allegiances and affections for His sake. The Mission of the church is to enjoy God and make Him known by making disciples. The good news of the Gospel is that God reconciled us to himself by grace alone, and in turn, commissions us to be ambassadors of that reconciliation. God has graciously given his church this everyday-all day mission of reaching persons and peoples for their good and His glory (1 Peter 3:18, 2 Corinthians 5, 2 Timothy 2:2, Matthew 28:16-20, Acts 1:8, 20:24)

The Mission of Exchange

We exist to be a people who Enjoy the Glory of God, Equip the People of God, and Extend the Love of God.

Enjoy the glory of God: We believe that enjoying God is the fuel for the Christian life. The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, thus it should be where we begin as a people (Ps.16:11; Ps. 34:8; Ps. 27:4). The glory of God is inescapable. There is no one or nothing which matches His glory. It can be experienced in life through beauty, joy, heartache, and challenge. It is revealed in the heavens and the earth and through Jesus. Experiencing His glory produces hope and urges us to return glory to Him (Ps. 19:1; Isaiah 43:6-7; Romans 3:23, 5:2; 2 Cor. 3:18).

Equip the People of God: The purpose of equipping the saints is for works of service to build up the Body. We are equipping one another to make disciples of Jesus Christ in the power of the Spirit to the glory of the Father. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Ephesians 4:11-12). The people of God are those who believe in and on Christ for salvation and have been adopted into HIs family as His children (1 Cor. 6:19-20; Gal. 4:6-7; Romans 8:15).

Extend the Love of God: Simply put, we want to be an extension of the love of Christ, fueled by our enjoyment of Him. The message we extend is Christ crucified, buried, and resurrected. The method is proclaiming this Gospel in word and deed. We must be intentionally and strategically evangelistic and relational (1 Cor. 15:3-6; Matthew 28:18-20). The immeasurable love of God was best displayed when he gave His Son to die for sinful man. His love rescues and restores lives. His love for sinners like us compels us to love Him, each other, and our neighbors (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 3:18; Isaiah 43:6-7).

Why the name “Exchange”?

At the very center of the Gospel message is an overwhelming picture of exchange. God exchanged His Son for our sin so that we could exchange our lives for His sake (2 Cor 5:21) We believe that the Christian experience is a series of daily exchanges: my thoughts for His, my ways for His, me for us, stuff for people, consuming for serving, surviving for thriving, seen for unseen, pride for humility, lies for truth, rebellion for submission, toil for rest, isolation for community, all for Christ. We also believe that the entire narrative of the Bible can be traced through a series of foolish and wise exchanges. God exchanging nothing for something; Adam and Eve exchanging God-worship for self-worship; God exchanging Jesus for our sin; our call to exchange preferences and lives for His glory.