At Brookdale we desire to be a body of believers that strive to see Christ glorified in all that we do (1 Corinthians 10:31, 2 Corinthians 5:9).
Jesus was approached by a lawyer who asked Him about the greatest commandment. In response, Jesus quoted from the Old Testament books of Deuteronomy and Leviticus. “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” In light of the greatest commandment our Lord gave us, we seek to love God and our neighbors accordingly.
Loving One Another
In our society, love is illustrated by a heart. The heart in Scripture refers to the center of a person’s being. At Brookdale, we want to be known as people who have a heart for God and His Word. This is manifested through reading, studying, memorizing, and meditating on God’s Word on a daily basis.
As a congregation, we gather for the public proclamation of God’s Word through the preaching and teaching of the Scriptures as follows:
- Our heart for God is further manifested by a heart for worship, worship that is God focused versus man or entertainment focused.
- As mentioned above we also want our walk (our daily relationship with Christ that impacts all that we do) to be pleasing to the Lord.
- Our service for the Lord, i.e., our work, is something that we do out of love and thankfulness for all that Christ has done for us.
As part of Jesus’ response, He mentioned loving our neighbor as ourselves. We also seek to manifest a heart for one another. We continually strive to be a family that shows love and consideration for one another, desiring to live in unity as Christ has commanded us.
Loving one another also means we need to have a heart for the lost, those who do not yet know the love and forgiveness of our Lord and Savior. We should have compassion on those who have not yet come to the point of salvation in Christ. At Brookdale we emphasize evangelism and missions with a constant awareness of the privilege of sharing the life changing message of the Gospel with those around us along with the support of missionaries who are taking this Good News around the world.
Our ambition as a local church is to be faithful in obedience to the Great Commission that Christ gave us in Matthew 28:18-20: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”