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Purpose Statement

Our plan is to start a church from scratch in the city of Turin, Italy. In this city there are a few churches, some of which are not even teaching sound doctrine. Most of them do not have a full time pastor. So, there is no discipleship, no biblical teaching, no biblical training at all, and no biblical counseling. Furthermore, there is no evangelism, and those few people who evangelize do not present all the truth about the Gospel. But as you well know, “faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Rom 10:17).

For this very reason, one of the purposes of our church plant is going to be the evangelization of the lost. Preaching the full message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, knowing that this is the only hope for the lost people in Italy (Rom 10:14). There is a great need for a true evangelism that is Christ-centered, God glorifying, and Bible saturated. In our evangelism we want to be faithful to the Bible, calling people to repent from their sin and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (Mark:1-15; Isaiah 55:7; Luke 9:23-24; Rom 10:9-10).

Another important purpose of our church is going to be the equipping of the saints for the work of service, and the building up of the believers (Eph 4:11-12; Col. 1:28; 1 Pet 5:2-3). Many churches do not view the Scripture as sufficient anymore, so that as a result pragmatism has taken the priority over the Bible. We firmly believe that there cannot be a church ministry that is Christ-centered without having a strong emphasis on preaching God’s Word, which is the source of salvation (Rom 1:16; 1 Peter 1:23-25) and edification (2 Tim. 3:16-17), and a focus on shepherding the flock of God with love and compassion (1 Peter 5:2-3) As you can read in our website, our plan, Lord willing, is also to start a Bible training ministry for lay people in our church but also for those who are called into the ministry (2 Tim. 2:2). This is a foundational ministry since in Italy there is almost no training at all for elders and pastors.

In the book of Ephesians (4:14), the apostle Paul points out that as a result of the equipping the saints and the building up of the body of Christ, the mature believers will no longer be led astray by false doctrines. In our ministry, we recognize that one of the greatest needs in the church is to expose false teaching. In fact, because of a lack of equipping and training, believers do not have a spiritual discernment about false doctrines. In our church ministry we desire to expose all that is contrary to sound doctrine and what the Bible teaches, in order to guard the flock that God has entrusted to us for His glory (Acts 20:28). Exposing false teaching, we believe, is an essential aspect in the leadership of a local church.

We are committed to expository preaching, namely, a clear presentation of what the Bible means by what it says. Both believers and unbelievers need the truth of God that can only be known through a careful study and explanation of God’s Word. Without a clear explanation and presentation of God’s Word there cannot be a Christ-centered ministry that is God glorifying. In other words, we view expository preaching as a means to an end, which end is the proclamation of the whole counsel of God to the praise of His glory.

In our church ministry we aim to exalt, glorify, and worship our Lord Jesus Christ in all we say, think, and do (Rom 12:1). We know that we will worship and glorify God when we walk in holiness (1 Pet 1:16), remain faithful to His Word (2 Tim 2:15), humble ourselves under His mighty hand (1 Peter 5:6-7), and yet when we evangelize the lost, in accordance to the Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20), and equip the saints (Eph 4:11-15).