*We believe in the church the ministry of God’s Word comes first.That is clearly the design God has laid out for us in Scripture. We have no right to tamper with this order.The preaching and teaching of the Word of God comes first. Not being nice. Not works of mercy. Certainly not buildings and facilities.The ministry of the Word. Our whole life as a church is built on and flows from the gospel God has revealed to us in the Scriptures. Communicating God’s Word accurately is first, anything and everything else flowing from that. That is the right order.
(*Thoughts flowing from a quote by Hamish Mackenzie, Preaching the Eternities, p. 25)