Our Vision Statement
CRPC seeks to be a multi-ethnic beacon and bastion of Classic Biblical Christianity for Laurel, our greater metro area, and the world.
Since CRPC’s beginning, our vision has involved “Classic Christianity”, i.e., the New Covenant expression of biblical religion, that approach to Christian faith and life through which God has glorified His Name and blessed His people through the centuries. We understand this as being, above all, “Biblical”, then Theological, Christocentric, Doctrinal, Evangelical, Ecclesiastical, Covenantal, Moral, Social, Historical, Graceful, Martial, Peaceful, Painful, Joyful, Thankful, Liberal, Graceful, and Hopeful (and we could add Musical, Liturgical, Sacramental, and others, too).
Classic Christianity is a positive and aggressive faith, so we must “beacon” it to our dark and dying world by our preaching and our practice.
But we cannot practice or preach what we do not have, so in a day when many of its distinctives are under attack, Classic Christianity also needs to be preserved and defended. This vital ministry is suggested by the word “bastion”, i.e., a strong fortress or defensive position.
Notwithstanding Classic Christianity’s European roots, God’s Church comprises all the nations, and in His Providence, we live in an area to which many of them have come, so we believe that it is crucial that we reflect these facts by striving to be joyfully “multi-ethnic”.
We meet in Laurel which is strategically located between our nation’s capital and the city of Baltimore. Many of us live in Laurel, but many of us do not. So we believe that besides reaching out to “Laurel”, we must also seek to reach and serve “our greater metro area”, and beyond, i.e., our state, our nation, and “the world”.
This statement not only summarizes who we are and what we are about, but it challenges us to pray and “think big” about ourselves. It challenges our faith to think or imagine that our little fellowship could have that big an impact, but our God “…is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think…”, so let us ask and trust Him to do so. And while this statement is not a detailed plan of how we hope to do this, it can guide us as we formulate more detailed plans in the future.