Our mission is to creatively lead people to Christ and enfold them into a growing community of Christians, by creating environments to develop passion for Christ, His call, His community, and His causes.
What Is the Gospel? What is Grace?
At our church, you will hear the word “gospel” expressed because it is the most important truth that we can know and experience. The gospel is not merely a message that needs to be shared with non-Christians, but also with Christians. It is not something that mature Christians move on from, but rather something that they move deeper into. The gospel is the lens in which we should view theology, ministry, and all aspects of life.
The Apostle Paul defined the word “gospel” concisely in 1st Corinthians 15:3-5 when he wrote, “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.” Simply put, the gospel is all about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, and the implications it has for us.
The word “gospel” literally means “good news.” It is the good news of God taking on flesh through the person Jesus Christ and rescuing mankind by His perfect life that we could never live, His substitutionary death that we deserved, and the resurrection that now gives us true life through His Spirit. While the gospel can be stated in a sentence, it is also the grand narrative that is told throughout the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The gospel is the glorious story of how God is reconciling the whole world back to Himself through the life, death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. It is personal, yet cosmic. It is simple, yet infinite.
It is also God's gift of grace, His undeserved pardon and mercy that we receive through Jesus Christ. Grace is freely given and it is at the center of our values in relationships with others.
Our beliefs in summary form are listed below:
- In the living and holy God, of grace and love, who is revealed in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- That Jesus Christ, out of love, lived, died and rose from the dead to reconcile us, his creation, to God the Father.
- That the Holy Spirit is God present with His believers, indwelling them to provide guidance, comfort, and strength. In the person of the Holy Spirit, each believer is empowered to live a godly life and is gifted for service to the body of Christ.
- That the Bible is God’s written word, uniquely inspired by the Holy Spirit, and authortative over all of human life.
- That God created humanity in His own image, morally free and responsible to choose between good and evil. Inherently sinful, humanity is not able, through personal strength and work to restore itself to a right relationship with God.
- That the church is created by God; it is the people of God and exists to fulfill His purposes.
- That Jesus Christ’s return is certain and may occur at any moment. When he returns, He will fulfill all His promises and will claim His followers.
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A response to the recent Supreme Court decision may be found here at well.
Certain values are essential in our ministry to people. At the heart is the belief that every person is valued and is the focus of our ministry. The ripple effect of the gospel and grace spreads to make a difference in the lives of others.
- Every person has a fundamental need to belong.
We see this core value expressed through connecting with God in a lifestyle of worship
- Every person seeks direction and fulfillment in daily living. We see this core value realized in having a moral and biblical compass aligned in small groups by growing with others in faith and understanding of God’s truths.
- Every Christ-follower is given unique gifts and skills to be discovered, developed and used to strengthen and encourage others. This core value is accomplished through serving the church and community.
- Every individual is created with a life purpose to proclaim the faithfulness of God in the spheres of influence in which they live.
This core value is brought to fruition in sharing with our world the life-transforming message of hope found in Jesus Christ.