Church at Bergen exists to bring glory to God by making disciples through the gospel of Jesus Christ, locally and globally. We live out our mission through the following convictions:
The gospel is the good news of our God bringing glory to himself through rescuing us from Satan, sin, and death by the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. We believe that one of the foundational ways God receives glory is through the hope birthed into our world by the gracious intervention of God through Jesus Christ. Instead of leaving us in guilt, shame, and isolation, God offers forgiveness of sin and reconciliation to Himself through Jesus. This good news, the gospel, brings us into a life-changing relationship with God that satisfies our hearts, gives hope and renewed purpose, and ultimately shows God as Savior and King. We are restored to God by the gospel, transformed by the gospel, compelled to love others through the gospel, and God is glorified through the gospel. This Gospel drives everything we do. It’s the message we preach, share and live by. Through the gospel, God brings glory to himself, reconciles us to himself, and adopts us into His family. Living the gospel means that we turn away from sin and towards God in an act of repentance, grant grace and forgiveness to others, and extend kindness and compassion to those around us. The gospel leads us out of self-righteousness and self-pity enabling us to see ourselves as desperate people in need of redemption, yet more loved than we can believe and understand. We desire to follow Jesus on his mission together by extending the hope of the gospel into northern New Jersey, the northeast at large, and to the world. (Ephesians 2:1-10, Titus 3:3-8 2 Corinthians 4:1-6, Ephesians 1:3-14, Philippians 2:6-11)
We believe the Word of God is the rudder that steers the church. Further we believe that Scripture is fully sufficient and determines everything that we say and do. To say that something is sufficient is to say that it has everything it needs to do what it intends to do. The Bible claims for itself that it will never return void and that it will accomplish all that it sets out to do (Isaiah 55:11). We are committed to the sufficiency of Scripture to save sinners, sanctify saints, and to shape the church. We desire to see the sufficiency of the Word through expository preaching and Word-centered discipleship and evangelism. The sufficiency of Scripture enables the Christian to hold to a comprehensive teaching and all-encompassing worldview, providing light and life in the details of any situation and circumstance. (2 Peter 1:3, John 17:17).
We are commanded by God as Christians to glorify His name by making disciples that image and reflect Him. Therefore, we desire to faithfully follow and obey His Great Commission to us as the people of God by making disciples that follow, walk and live like His one perfect Son who imaged and glorified Him perfectly. (Matthew 28:19-20, 1 John 2:6). We desire to see Christian discipleship that is rooted, first and foremost in the sufficiency of Scripture. Christian discipleship is about transformation through teaching others to apply gospel truths to every aspect of their lives. We pray our pastors do this in their sermons, and members do this in their relationships with one another. We are commanded and commissioned by Jesus to make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). Fundamentally to be a Christian is to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, which displays itself by looking to others for help in being like Christ and looking to help others be like Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1). This is foundational to our culture as a church. We pray that by God’s grace, our church will foster this culture of discipleship multiplying members who look more and more like Jesus for God’s glory.
We desire to be a thoughtful people engaging in the life and mind of the world around us as a way to glorify God and love Jesus. We desire to avoid both syncretism (worldliness and cultural captivity) and sectarianism (disconnected from others) by engaging the thought and cultural worlds around us while remaining set apart for the glory of God. We desire to love and serve our local community and the nations in a way that reflects the love of God. We pray that those who do not follow Jesus will see the reality of His Kingdom and God’s glory through our church. Everything we do, we do ultimately for the sake of God’s glory in all nations because we believe that God’s heart is for all nations. Therefore, we share with Him in that affection. We believe that God has called the Church to make disciples not only locally in our immediate context and sphere of influence, but also in global contexts. We, as a church, have a deep heart for the nations, every tribe and tongue. We desire to see God glorified and disciples made through the gospel of Jesus Christ locally and globally. Our lives are not to be solely given to people who believe the way we do, but for the good of all people. As a church we want to give generously to see local investments for the kingdom, as well as investments world-wide. (Psalm 67:1-2, Matthew 28:18-20, Revelation 7:9-10 Isaiah 61:1-4, Matthew 22:39-40, Luke 19:10, Mark 10:45).