We exist to know Jesus and to make Him known. This is the heartbeat of all we do.
We want to be a people who are consumed with knowing Jesus, and not just knowing about Jesus. We want to know him intimately, experientially, and cognitively in a way that transforms us and those around us. We do not simply desire to gather on Sundays for religious ceremony or duty, nor do we want to be a Christian country club.
Imagine what would happen if every member of the family was growing in their intimate knowledge of Jesus!
This Jesus-centered vision has become the grid through which we discern new ministry initiatives, and align existing ones. We believe that we come to know Jesus more fully and deeply through prayer, worship, and interacting with the living Word of God in community with other believers.
Knowing Jesus is great for us, but it cannot just end there for us.
There are people all around us who do not yet know the lavish love of God for them expressed in the person and work of Jesus.
We want them to know the life in Christ that we have come to know. So we are committed to making Jesus known through gospel proclamation and demonstration in our local community and beyond. We send each other out as individuals and in community throughout the week into our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. And we partner with local and global ministries who are on mission; serving, loving, and witnessing.
We breathe in Jesus, and we breathe out mission. In, out. Know Jesus and make Him known.
It is tempting for churches to do a lot of things. There are a lot of needs and a lot of good ideas out there, but the reality is that we can't do them all! So it is helpful to have a grid or filter to put needs and ideas through to see if they fall into the areas we are passionate about and feel God calling us to be. Below are 5 brief Value statements that help us to do this.
The gospel is the good news that Jesus rescues us in our helplessness. Therefore, we are committed to centering our lives on this good news and sharing it with others.
When we encounter and embrace Jesus we move from death to life. Therefore we are committed to following Jesus into the abundant life he promised.
Jesus died and rose so that all who believe in him are adopted into his family. Therefore, as God’s children we are committed to being a family that loves one another sacrificially.
God is the creator and sustainer of everything and everyone. Therefore, we are committed to continually choosing dependence on God and not ourselves by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus came on a mission to seek and save the lost. Therefore, as his church, we are committed to making Jesus known to everyone, everywhere, all the time.