To make disciples of Christ that transform communities through the Gospel
Gospel-centered | The gospel is the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that accomplishes redemption and restoration for all who believe. It is the “good news,” that God redeems a fallen world by his grace.
It is only through a relationship with Jesus Christ that we are spiritually transformed, not just morally improved. It is through the power of the resurrection that enables us to transform our communities.
Disciple-making | We believe the mission of the church is to make disciples of all nations, with disciples being followers of Jesus who transform the world by sharing the gospel through word and deeds.
The conviction that comes from the proclamation of the Word leads to confession, repentance, and good works in community. As we are transformed by the gospel, our communities become places we want others to experience.
As we live out the gospel together, the seeds of the gospel take root and produce the fruit of the Spirit in a disciple’s life.
Community-transforming | Our lives in community are a proclamation of who God is and what God has done through our Savior. Through Christ we are members of one household reconciled to God and to one another through the cross. Christ-centered community allows us to reflect the relational nature of God as well as his mercy and grace.
Community transformation occurs through the gospel on three levels/contexts :
1| Body - As a local expression of the Body of Christ, we seek the continual transformation of our members into Christ-likeness. As one new family in Christ, God has given each individual gifts by which to serve, care for, and encourage one another towards maturity in Christ. We strive to become a family in which every need is cared for (Acts 4:34).
2| Neighbor - Jesus calls us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. We seek to obey Jesus through serving the needs of the city and of the people we live among. Whether in the context of tutoring underprivileged kids, welcoming refugees, or fighting to prevent human trafficking, we desire to build loving relationships with those considered “the least of these” by society. We believe that in seeking the welfare of our city, the gospel will redeem and transform individuals, and also the unjust systems that perpetuate the brokenness we currently see.
3| Nations - God has created us to make his glory known in all the nations, and we are committing our lives to accomplish that purpose. This means that every believer has a role in global missions, and intentionally make decisions with our time, money, and efforts in order for the gospel to reach and transform people groups which have never heard the name of Jesus Christ.
OUR CORE VALUES
To glorify God and to enjoy God
Our core values are centered on our ultimate commitment to “glorify God” (Rom. 11:36; Eph. 3:21). We uphold four core values taught in the Bible, our final authority of Christian faith:
We are called to worship and glorify God (Eph. 1:3-14; Rev. 4:9-11). We will commit our whole person to love and walk with God, engaging all our heart, soul, strength and mind (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 22:37; Luke 10:27).
We are dedicated to fulfilling the Great Commission and advancing the Kingdom of God (Matt. 28:19-20). We believe in the power of the Gospel, and seek to challenge and transform the world and its values with Christian values and practice (Rom. 1:16-17; 2 Cor. 10:4-5; Col. 1:13).
Our ministry priority is given to raising mature believers in Christ. We are to intentionally encourage maturity and growth in Christ (Eph. 4:13; 1 Pet. 2:2; Heb. 6:1).
We are “fellow heir and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the Gospel” (Eph. 3:6). We believe in teamwork (Eph. 4:16). We are dedicated to building up Christian families (Eph. 5:22-33, 6:1-4; Col. 3:18-21). We are dedicated to loving and serving the community.