Making Disciple Makers
At Parkway we care deeply about discipleship and the spiritual growth of our members. Therefore we build our lives on the power that changes us, Galatians 2:20, which says, "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me".
Proclaiming the Word
The Bible is God’s word. It’s not just a theological text; it’s not just Divine revelation; it is immensely relevant truth that serves as our holy guide for faith and practice. So we study it diligently, teach it methodically, and seek to live by it faithfully. In our preaching we go verse-by-verse through books of the Bible, teaching believers how to study the text in its context - observing what it says, interpreting what it means, and applying it to our lives.
Alive through Small Groups
The church is the body of Christ, not just a religious institution. As the body of Christ the church is alive, not merely organized. Like the human body the church grows itself and ministers to itself (Ephesians 5:10-16). The basic unit of life in the New Testament church (facilitating evangelism, worship, fellowship, spiritual maturity and ministry) is the small group. Like cells in the human body small groups develop, facilitate the functions of body life, and multiply themselves. Institutional churches facilitate activities and inadvertently foster anonymity, whereas cell-based churches encourage personal involvement and accountability. We choose to grow through the ministry of small groups.
Reaching out to Meet Needs
We pray that God will send us to hurting people and that He will send hurting people to us. We issue the invitation of Jesus, “Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”
God forbid that we should ever find ourselves in competition with other churches. We see ourselves as a part of the Church in McKinney, Texas. Our desire is to pray with, minister with, and be one with all other born-again believers in the City of McKinney. We don’t think we are the only church in town. We thank God for all the sincere believers, God-called pastors, and evangelical churches in our area. May the Holy Spirit unite us in such a way that we fulfill Jesus’ prayer in “that they may be one.” (John 17:22-23)
Worshiping in praise, prayer, and practice
Our Redeemer is worthy of our worship. Since in eternity we will be totally occupied with adoring the Lamb, we (who are presently seated with Christ in the heavenlies) desire to worship Him now and forever. Our worship finds its origin in our hearts, is expressed through our praise, cries out in prayer, and is validated in our daily lives. Worship is not something we schedule, attend or observe. Worship is something we do with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
Available and Accountable
Holiness (being set apart to God) could be boiled down to one thing – absolute availability to God. We have died to our old life without God and we have been raised from the dead to live unto God. We are to be available to Him all the time through the filling His Holy Spirit. Of utmost importance, each one of us is directly accountable to God. However, as the body of Christ, we are individually accountable to one another. Also, as the body of Christ, we are to be available to one another. We are one body in Christ. Rugged individualism has no place in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are interdependent and mutually accountable.
Yielding to the Holy Spirit
The essence of our spiritual life is the Holy Spirit. When we were born again we were born of the Spirit. When we entered the Kingdom of God our entrance was a work of the Holy Spirit – “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body” (1 Corinthians 12:23). As believers in whom the Spirit dwells we are obligated to walk by the Spirit as Paul says, “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25)