God’s Vision for CHBC: 3 Piers, 3 Pillars, and 3 Purposes
The three purposes of CHBC are to equip believers, exalt Christ, and extend the gospel to the glory of God. Last week I wrote to you about the purpose of equipping believers. This week I want you to think with me about what it means to exalt Christ. We could use the term treasure Christ or glorify Christ in place of exalt Christ. To exalt, according to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, is to, “raise high; to elevate”.
We are saying that we have as a purpose to raise high the name, person, and work of Jesus Christ. Not only in corporate gatherings, but also as individual believers. How do we glorify, exalt, or elevate Christ? The Lord Jesus Christ is exalted when we love Him, trust Him, enjoy Him, and obey His law, will, and commands (New City Catechism, Question 6).
I usually refer to this as the pursuit of personal, practical holiness. When we are pursuing a life of holiness in accordance with the Word of God, we are elevating the person and work of Christ in our lives and before a watching world.
What is true of our individual lives becomes true of our corporate lives as a local church. The church which loves Christ, enjoys Christ, trusts Christ, and obeys Christ’s law, will, and commands is a church that is exalting Christ. Our exaltation of Christ is much more than our singing praise to His name, it is functioning according to His Word, and living according to His will.
By His Grace and For His Glory,
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