Our mission at Temple is threefold: reach, disciple, and serve.
We believe the foundation of the church is in the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20:
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
To accomplish this strategy, we focus on three actions implicit in these verses.
God desires us to share the good news of Jesus Christ each day as we interact with our friends, family, and neighbors. We prayerfully seek God's prompting for opportunities to verbalize the truths of this life-changing message.
Matthew 5:16: "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."
1 Peter 3:15: "But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect."
Discipleship is the process by which a more mature Christian instructs and mentors a new believer in the basics of the Christian faith. This has nothing to do with age, but where an individual is on their journey with Christ.
Titus 2:1-8 details our philosophy concerning discipleship:
"But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. ..."
We want to help meet the tangible needs of our community. It is our goal to be an indispensable part of what happens in our town and surrounding area.
2 Corinthians 4:5: "For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake."