Vision (who we are):
We aim to be a Gospel-centered congregation.
Purpose and Mission (what we do):
We exist to delight in, display, and declare Jesus Christ.
Objectives & Values (how we do it):
We are commissioned, by God's Gospel grace, to make disciples who delight in Jesus over everything, display Jesus with one another, and declare Jesus to everyone.
Making disciples who delight in, display, and declare Jesus Christ
DELIGHT in Jesus over everything
Enjoy Jesus Christ in a loving, personal relationship.
We were made to know and delight in God. We were hardwired to worship. But we rebelled against the God we were made to enjoy. The good news of the gospel is that we have been redeemed through faith by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
So, we seek to invite others, Christians and non-Christians alike, to find their joy and satisfaction in Jesus Christ, who created and redeemed us.
We gather together each week to delight in Jesus through congregational worship.Thus, in a word, "Delight" = "worship".
DISPLAY Jesus with one another.
Radiate Jesus Christ through transformational change into His likeness.
The gospel is best displayed when we are being transformed by it. Therefore, we seek to spur one another on to be more like Jesus in our daily loves, relationships, and work. We desire to manifest Christ as He changes us together.
We put the gospel on display before a watching world as we gather weekly, love one another as Christ loves us, and love our neighbors as Christ loves the world.
We pray to display Jesus through transformational growth into His likeness powered by His grace at work in us. Thus, in a word, "Display" = Growth
DECLARE Jesus to everyone.
Announce the Gospel of Jesus to everyone and advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ in every place.
The Gospel, as "Good News," is by its very nature something we must share. Jesus lived the life we could not live in perfect obedience to the Father, He died a death we deserved to die upon the cross, and He rose from the dead victorious as Lord over all. If He is Lord over all, then He must be declared to all people and in all life.
We declare the gospel through faithfully preaching and teaching the gospel from God's Word in our regular gatherings together and by engaging others with the gospel in our daily lives. We must speak the Gospel as we show the Gospel. In a word, "Declare" = Proclaim
We understand Jesus is not the A, B, Cs of our relationship with God but He is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end.
We are committed to true expression of Scripture as the steady diet of our gatherings.
The Word of God does the work of God. We trust the Eternal Word to do the convicting, converting, community building, and commissioning.
We take God's Word seriously as the standard for all things.
We therefore embrace the Bible for what it claims to be-God's inerrant word to us, and we look to the Bible as the final authority as to what we are called to believe and how we are called to live.
We boast only in the Cross
We refuse to look for hope outside of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because we know that the Gospel is the only true hope in a sin cursed world.
The central message of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is the good news of Jesus Christ, his perfect life, his atoning death, and his glorious resurrection as the "power of God for salvation to all who believe" (Romans 1:16). For this reason, the Gospel of God's grace permeates all that we do and will continually be held out for Christians and non-Christians to explore, embrace, and enjoy.
We cannot be the "body of Christ" when we amputate away from the body.
We need a family of believers with various spiritual gifts to express the communal love of the body of Christ.
As the gospel transforms our relationships with one another, we live out the gospel through hospitality and deeds of love and kindness in and through community. Specifically, there are three forms of community we believe are vital to our church:
To gather together as a church on the Lord's Day, to delight in the greatness of our God and to be strengthened by our God through worship together.
To gather together in smaller groups for the purposes of more intimate fellowship, study, and prayer. This is especially vital to the needs of people in today's fragmented culture.
To invite those outside the congregation to see the gospel of Jesus Christ at work in our congregational gatherings.
Great Commission Focused
We are on mission. Christ commissioned us to make disciples everywhere.
Jesus is our King so His mission is our mission. We shape our schedules, budgets, and priorities around making disciples of Jesus Christ.
We are committed to both declaring and displaying the Gospel in our community.
If a church is not intentionally Outward-Focused it will naturally become self-focused. Therefore, we call our members to three overarching involvements that we believe will keep us others-focused:
Faithfully worship together.
Involvement in a smaller Community Group where more intimate, Gospel relationships are formed.
Engagement in the city or community in which they live. Jesus prayed to the Father, not to take his followers out of the world, but to keep them in his name as they go into the city to engage what's going on out there, vocationally, politically, socially, and charitably.