We are a church united in fellowship that exists to be a blessing in the world by advancing the knowledge of God’s love and grace for all people.
We accomplish our mission through:
- Proclaiming God’s Word
- Gracious and authentic fellowship
- Modeling Christ’s sacrificial love
Explanation of terms:
United in fellowship
We are a church with diverse backgrounds and doctrinal convictions, yet we are united in fellowship around the good news of Jesus Christ. Our identity as children of God takes priority over our individual preference for worship style, political affiliations, ethnicity, and socio-economic status. Therefore, we believe that diversity in the church and being united in fellowship ultimately exalts the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Blessing in the World
In Genesis 12:1-3, God chose to bless one person (Abraham) as the means by which He would bless the entire world. All who are have faith in Jesus Christ are “descendants” of Abraham (Rom 4), and are called to carry on that mission of blessing the world. That blessing was ultimately fulfilled in the life and death of Jesus, so we fulfill our calling to bless the world by advancing and declaring God’s love and grace demonstrated through Jesus Christ.
Knowledge of God’s Love and Grace
We believe God loves all people and has demonstrated His love through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because of Christ, we have confidence that our sins are forgiven and relationship with God is possible. We believe that this knowledge transforms people’s hearts and brings peace and life to individuals. Our mission, therefore, is to bless the world by making God’s love and grace known to everyone.
Proclaiming God’s Word
We believe that God speaks to humanity through His word—the Holy Scriptures. Therefore, our foundation for knowing and understanding the character of God is through the Bible. Because of this, the Bible holds a central role in our community. The primary means for blessing the world is by teaching and living out the revelation of God as seen in Scripture.
One of the main ways we seek to be a blessing is by praying for our church, city, nation and world. We believe that God ultimately is the only one who can transform hearts and that he works in and through our prayers to reveal himself to people in the world (2 Cor. 4:6). It is through prayer that God brings healing, reconciliation and salvation (Col. 4:3; Phil. 1:9-11).
Gracious and authentic fellowship
We believe that all people are in process and we need others in our journey. We are a community that welcomes people who are exploring Christianity, seeking healing, struggling with doubts, or looking to grow in their faith. We are committed to helping one another experience the love and grace of God, find hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and persevere in the faith. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Modeling Christ’s sacrificial love
1 John 3:16 teaches that we know what love is because Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. In response, we are called to lay down our lives for each other. This kind of sacrificial love not only fulfills the second great commandment (Mark 12:31), it reflects Christ to the world. For Jesus said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another ” (John 13:35). Part of how we model Christ’s sacrificial love is by serving those in need and practicing justice and mercy.