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Welcome Letter

"Earthen vessels for the treasure of the gospel"Welcome-Small-About-Us

Kathryn and I would like to welcome you to Paramount Church. We are delighted that you have taken some time to visit our web home. It is a joy for us to share with you some information about our church.

We love the gospel and the glory of God. Nothing exalts the glory of God like the gospel (2 Cor. 3:1-18; 4:1-6). Nothing fills the human heart with greater joy than the gospel (Lk. 2:10; 1 Pet. 1:8). Nothing reveals Christ more clearly than the gospel (2 Cor. 4:6). Nothing makes God more desirable or beautiful than the gospel (Ps. 27:4).

Therefore, our passion is to make the gospel paramount (1 Cor. 15:3) in all things for sinner's joy and the Savior's glory. Broken people do this best.

Our calling as a church is to function as earthen vessels for the treasure of the gospel.

In 2 Corinthians 4:7 Paul says, "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves."

The treasure is the gospel. We are the earthen vessels. In His wisdom, God has chosen to deposit this priceless treasure in common clay pots rather than elegantly, adorned chests in order to reveal His glory (2 Cor. 4:6) and magnify the surpassing greatness of His power (2 Cor. 4:7b).

Our mission, then, is best carried out in humility not greatness (Matt. 23:11-12), in weakness not strength (1 Cor. 2:1-5), in brokenness not self-sufficiency (2 Cor. 2:16b).

In fact, were it not for broken people, Paramount Church wouldn't exist. So, we love weak, broken people because through them the glory and surpassing power of God is most greatly displayed (2 Cor. 4:7b; 1 Cor. 1:27; 2 Cor. 1:9; 11:30; 12:5, 9; 13:4). The gospel's design is to show forth the exceeding riches of His grace and glory when God forgives sinners and adopts them freely into His family (Ephesians 1:5, 6, 12, 14; 2:5-7).

When you come to Paramount Church, we pray that you will experience this life-changing, idol-liberating, soul-satisfying, joy-filling, God-glorifying design of the gospel.

We will be the first to admit we are not perfect. But, the Good News is that the One who is perfect (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:22; 1 Jn. 3:5) came to redeem imperfect people (Matt. 9:12-13; 11:5; Mk. 10:17-31; Lk. 4:18).

We hope you feel welcomed (Rom. 15:7) at Paramount, whatever your social and economic status or ethnic and cultural background may be (Gal. 3:28; Rev. 5:9).

Our passion and prayer is that through our website and ministries the gospel becomes paramount in your life so that you are set free from soul-enslaving idols (Gal. 4:8-9) and brought to see and savor the all-satisfying joy of knowing (and being known!) Christ crucified and risen for you.

Gospel blessings!

John Fonville