The mission of the Church of Jesus Christ has been the same since its inception. The message is the same, but the methods are new. The call is consistent, but the context is ever-changing. Our mission statement succinctly describes our heart. We are God-centered; we exist to bring glory to God. This is the chief aim and purpose of humanity and of all creation. The glory of God is ultimate. The scriptures share the wonderful news that God is glorified through changed lives. Life change is both an event (salvation) and a process (sanctification). The process of life change begins at salvation, or rebirth. This is the result of a person placing his or her faith in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The rest of the Christian life is a sequence of becoming more and more like Christ, a process called sanctification. The Bible says this is God’s will for us. Both salvation and sanctification are evidences of God’s grace in our lives and are appropriated by faith. “Life change” is conditioned by a qualifying statement in our mission statement: the gospel of Jesus Christ. People’s lives can be changed by a dramatic event, traumatic news or an enticing culture. But, the only kind of life change that allows a person to have a right relationship with God the Father is through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Christ died for our sins and was raised to life three days later. That’s the gospel.