We are a gospel-centered, spirit-led, mission-engaged,
relationally-connected, and worship-focused body of Christ.
This is what we want to be known for in our city.
When we teach, we will not merely teach our own opinions, inspirational stories, or the latest psychological self-help advice. We will preach the Bible (2 Tim. 4:2). We believe that this book is unbelievably powerful (Heb 4:12). And we believe this book is not just about principles—it is about a Person (Lk. 24:27; Heb. 1:1-3). The Bible is ultimately about the person and work of Jesus, and the Good News about what he has accomplished. You don’t jut read this book; this book will read you. When you read this book, you will encounter Jesus and He will change you (2 Cor. 3:17-18). Many times in the year we will preach through entire books of the Bible. Our community groups will study the Bible and talk through questions about understanding the Bible. Our leaders will make prayerful decisions according to the standards of the Gospel and with the fear of the Lord (Heb 13:17). We will not be man-centered or method-centered (Ps. 118: 8-9). We will be Gospel-centered.
The church is Jesus’ church. So we will be radically open and responsive to the leadership of the Spirit of God (1 Thes. 5:19). We love the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to us and transforms us into his image as we pursue him (Jn. 16:14). As a people of fervent prayer, we believe we do not serve a distant God in a distant universe (1 Thes. 5:17). Our God is near (Mt. 28:20). Our God moves among us. We value the presence of God in our services, and we will seek to truly experience him as we sing songs, study scripture, and receive sacraments (Ps. 100). We believe that Jesus is alive and well, and that the same Spirit that empowered the apostles for ministry is the same Spirit that empowers the church today for ministry with various spiritual gifts (Rom. 12:1-8; 1 Cor. 12-14; Eph. 4:1-16). We have faith-filled expectation of God, because he is both powerful and good. Like Jesus, we want to be led by and to walk with the Spirit of God (Jn. 5:19; 12:49). Likewise, we will be a people motivated by Spirit-filled faith, not man-centered fear (Rom 14:23).
Our goal is not to build our kingdom, but God’s Kingdom (Ps. 115:1). We have only one life that we get to live. As a people, we will not seek to promote our own agenda, but will sacrificially strive to promote God’s agenda. We as a church will make a difference in our city. We are a people who are willing to step out and rise to the occasion. We will train our people how to live with a gospel-intentionality in their families, friendships, schools, neighborhoods, and jobs. We will be diligent in evangelism (2 Tim. 4:5). We will be servant-hearted in meeting the needs of our city. We will be compassionate in our love for people (Rom 13:8). We will commit to expanding the kingdom of God, through the raising up, resourcing, and releasing of church-planters to continue the mission of God outside our own church body.
Family is important to us. Marriage is important to us. Relationships are important to us. We will prize the role of community higher than programs, because we believe that Christians who walk in love with one another are an incarnational representation to the world that validates the truth of the gospel (Jn. 13:34-35; Eph. 5:32). We will share meals in community, discuss the Bible in community, pray for each other’s needs in community, and evangelistically serve our city in community. Our missional communities will seek to engage culture, but at the same time reflect the counter-cultural vision of the kingdom of Jesus. Like Jesus, we will seek to minister in a spirit of humility, equity, and unity (Mt 11:29). We will train our people in matters regarding marriage, family, and friendships, because we believe relationships are important to God. And we believe great Christian relationships give glory to our great God (1 Jn. 4:11-14).
The gospel of Jesus Christ demands a response (Rom. 12:1). And our response is total worship (Heb. 12:28-29). All that we do we will do as unto the Lord and with a spirit of excellence and worship. We believe worship is much more than the mere singing of songs in a church building. Worship means that we seek to glorify our Creator and Redeemer God with every aspect of our being (Ps. 103:1-5). We want our people to glorify God and enjoy him in all of life (1 Cor. 10:31). Thus, our personal lives, spiritual lives, marital lives, family lives, relational lives, professional lives, academic lives, and recreational lives will be committed to showing our world how much we value, glorify, and enjoy our God.