Exalting Jesus through lives transformed by His Gospel.
As a community, we are Gospel Centered, Contemplative, Authentic, and Missional.
The gospel is the story of God reconciling and redeeming a broken creation and fallen creatures to Himself through the life, death, resurrection and future return of Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is our desire to see Christians finding their identity in what was done for them through the work of Christ and not what they do or how our culture tells them to define themselves. We are justified, adopted, and loved by God, not by our own effort or merit, but by the sheer mercy and grace of the almighty God, demonstrated through Jesus Christ. It is through our faith in Jesus that rebellious humans are born again and are therefore blameless and holy in God’s eyes. The gospel defines us and the gospel gives us a new identity. By the Spirit of God, the transforming power of this truth enables us to live lives that reflect the character and nature of God as we live in authentic community with one another. Our hope and desire is that the gospel would stand at the center of all that we do.
We live in a culture that finds value and worth from what we do. We are more busy than ever, yet we are empty and frustrated. The Church of Jesus was never designed to follow in the ways of our ever changing culture, but to be set apart from our culture. Christians are not defined by what they can do for God, but what God has done for them in Jesus. How easy it is - even for Christians - to forget this and begin to believe that we are what we do! Because of Jesus, our value is found in the love of Christ. We are freed from striving to find our worth and value in what we do. We are invited by God to be human beings before we are human doings. Jesus affirms this and says, being with God is the "onething that is necessary (Luke 10:42)." To be contemplative means that as a community we value slowing down to be with God. We are convinced that we will not grow with Jesus on the run, our busyness will only suffocate our walk with Christ. Agreeing with James Bryan Smith, we believe that "the number one enemy of Christian spiritual formation today is exhaustion." We are seeking to help people slow down to cultivate their personal relationship with Christ and not live off other people’s spirituality.
To be authentic is to be honest with where you are, yet choose to allow the life of Jesus to prevent you from staying there. We are more broken than we could ever imagine, yet because of Jesus, we are more loved than we could ever imagine. We were never made to ‘have it all together’ and we believe that transformation comes from the inside out. If we are honest with where we are, then we will allow the work of Christ manifest into the deepest parts of who we are.
In the most famous excerpt in the scriptures on discipleship, Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus issues the Great Commission to the Church. As followers of Jesus, we are sent into the world, not to hide within the four walls of the church but to be disciple makers in a lost and fallen world. We want to see born-again believers grow in confidence of the power of the indwelling Spirit, the simplicity of the Gospel, and trusting in God’s part in causing growth in unbelievers.
In missional living God has established our feet in the areas that we live, work, and play. We are then called to live intentionally as missionaries within these spheres by building relationships and showing the love of Jesus with our lives, as well as sharing the truth of Jesus with our words.
In missional outreach we intentionally involve ourselves to reach out and love on those who are in need physically and spiritually, in local areas as well as internationally. We desire to see the gospel impact all kinds of people.
We believe that the power of the gospel is for both those who have attended church for years, and for those who would never dream of stepping into a church building. In both cases, we desire for the gospel to impact people from all walks of life, through disciples who are sent out because of their love for Jesus as missionaries into the places that they live, work and play.