Our Purpose: Why we exist
We exist to “reflect the magnificence of God.” Like the moon reflects the glory of the sun, we were made to reflect God’s glory through our lives. This is why we are here! And we find our truest joy when we are fulfilling what the Creator intended us to do.
Our Mission: How we do it
Jesus left the church with a mission to grow obedient Christ-followers; to make disciples. The church “reflects the magnificence of God” most gloriously when we are “knowing Christ and making him known.”
Jesus commanded his disciples, “Follow me!” The joy of “knowing Christ and making him known” flourishes among those who nurture this rich relationship with him. Paul captured this passion in these words:
I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him (Phil 3:8-9).
At DeWitt Evangelical Free Church we are passionate about “knowing Christ and making him known” by helping people connect with Christ, grow in faith, and love our God.
- Connect with Christ
We are born disconnected, dead in our sin and in need of a relationship with Jesus. At DEFC we envision people engaged in making Christ known in families, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces and throughout the world. We envision people engaged in compassionate service and the gracious proclamation of the good news that Jesus died for the forgiveness of sins and he gives eternal life and victory over death to those who believe (Rom 3:23; 5:8; John 3:16; 1 Cor 15:3-4, 56-57).
- Grow in Faith
We are part of a community of believers that are growing in our relationship with Jesus Christ so that he is honored through us and the world is changed around us. At DEFC we envision people conforming to his image through obedience to his word as it is taught, as it saturates into their lives, and as they obediently follow where the Holy Spirit leads. We envision people praying together, worshiping together and walking side by side with one another as we cultivate a community of followers of Jesus Christ (Acts 19:10,20; John 14:15-17; Phil 4:4-9; 2 Thess 1:3; Heb 10:23-25).
- Love our God
We are here to love and exalt God, and our greatest joy is finding fulfillment in him. At DEFC we envision people worshipping God through daily living which reflects his glory and by meeting regularly to praise his name. We envision people who love the Lord their God by pursuing lives of holiness and by obediently loving one another (Mark 12:30-31; Matt 5:14-16; 1 Pet 1:13-16; Phil 1:19-20).
By his grace, our God will be exalted and eastern Iowa will be a changed region due to the influence of the Spirit of God expressed through lives connected to Jesus Christ and growing in faith.
By his grace, may the word of the Lord continue to increase and prevail mightily (Acts 19:20).
Our Core Values:
Within this mission that has Christ at its center, we also treasure six core values which define the culture of our church; they identify our identity as a group of believers.
- We Treasure the Holy Bible
- We Treasure Prayer
- We Treasure Worship
- We Treasure Obedience
- We Treasure the Family
- We Treasure Community
Come and join us as we are together serving him in this great and high calling.