Vision

Vision

 Christ Centered. Gospel Saturated. Missional Community.

 

Vision Statement:

To Join God in Renewing All Things with the Message and Mercy of Jesus Christ

 

Virtues for our Community: What is our Church Like?

  1. Hospitality & Generosity – We are a community that is learning to offer the grace and hospitality of Jesus through welcome, love and good deeds.

  2. Participation & Covenant – More than Me – We value each other. We are learning to practice the priesthood of all believers (including children!) by equipping one another for ministry, and by becoming ‘members of one another’ in Christ.

  3. Obedience & Sabbath – Learning to obey all that Christ has commanded us, while learning to abide in the beauty, supply and rest of the Spirit.

  4. Mission & Renewal – Learning to live as witnesses of Jesus in every context of our lives and to serve God’s purpose in bringing the good, true, and beautiful in to every sphere, every neighborhood, every network, every nation (especially among the hurting, the lost, the lonely and the poor.)

 

Our Practices:

Our daily habits reveal what we truly love. The daily rituals of virtue (or of vice) that we cultivate are most often happening “under the hood” of our consciousness. There’s a “liturgy” we’re repeating with our daily actions—one that informs our most basic desires and wants.

We can understand these practices as what the Reformers called: “Means of Grace” – To give ourselves to the means by which God gives us grace in our daily lives: Bible reading, prayers, devotions, confession, community, the sacraments.

  1. Scriptures – Preaching, Teaching, and Studying the Word – Making it a regular part of everything we do.

“What is the chief end of preaching? I like to think it is this. It is to give men and women a sense of God and His presence.”  – Martyn Lloyd Jones

  1. Spirit – The Spirit’s presence is essential to everything we do – empowerment for mission, gifts and ministry.

“All outward means of grace, if separate from the spirit of God, cannot profit, or conduce, in any degree, either to the knowledge or love of God. All outward things, unless he work in them and by them, are in vain.” – John Wesley

  1. Sacraments (Worship & Spiritual Disciplines) – We are a Community that regularly worships, celebrates the Lord’s Supper, baptizes new believers, and saturates all we do in prayer.

”Sanctification depends greatly on a diligent use of scriptural means. The “means of grace” are such as Bible reading, private prayer, and regularly worshiping God in Church, wherein one hears the Word taught and participates in the Lord’s Supper. . .  They are appointed channels through which the Holy Spirit conveys fresh supplies of grace to the soul and strengthens the work which He has begun in the inward man.” – J.C. Rylie

  1. Service – Serving together in the church, and on mission together in the world.

“All the blessings we enjoy are divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbors.” – John Calvin