In Scripture, a name tells you a lot about a person. By looking at each word in our church name, we hope to summarize who we are.
God promises eternal life to everyone who believes in His Son Jesus Christ (John 3:16). This life is given the moment one receives Jesus and not when one enters eternity. So, if we already have this life, then we should desire to experience that life now. Eternal life is not simply length of life. It is quality of life (Deuteronomy 4:40). Jesus wants us to have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). This abundant life is found in Him (John 14:6; Colossians 3:4). To have Jesus is to have life (1 John 5:12). But, having life is not the same as enjoying life. The abundant life is experienced as we get to know the Lord (John 17:3).
That leads us to the second word in our name.
A distinction must be made between knowing about the Lord and knowing the Lord. You can know about someone without knowing that person. Jesus rebuked the religious leaders for knowing the Scriptures and yet not knowing Him. They thought their vast knowledge of Scripture guaranteed eternal life for them (John 5:39-40). They knew about Jesus (the Messiah), but they didn't know Jesus (the Messiah).
Knowledge was never intended to be collected. It is practiced. That is why, “His word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). It shines on our feet and path because it is designed to take us somewhere. Actually, it takes us to Someone, namely our great God who is our exceeding joy (Psalm 43:3-4). That is why Moses asked the Lord to show him His ways—so that he might know Him (Exodus 33:13). You must go places with the Lord to get to know Him. And, to know the Lord is to see His glory (Exodus 33:18). And, as we behold His glory, we are changed (2 Corinthians 3:18). So, beholding His glory is like a taste of glory/heaven; it is like experiencing eternal life.
That brings us to the last word in our name.
A church is the context in which this happens. We must assemble with other believers to receive encouragement, to be stirred up to love and do good deeds, and to be equipped for the work of service (Hebrews 10:24-25; Ephesians 4:11-13). We cannot do it on our own. We need the Lord and we need each other (Colossians 2:19; 1 Corinthians 12:21). So, we gather together as sinners saved by God's grace to pursue this God who is our exceeding joy.