It can be tricky trying to describe a church. I mean theoretically, we should all be doing the same thing right? Well, we thought about it and tried to break everything down to the core things we, as a church, should do. Here’s what we came up with.
This is probably the most foundational thing we do. At the end of the day, we are here because of Jesus. His life and message show us what real life should look like. His death frees us from the self-destructive and oppressive disease that we call sin. His resurrection brings us into a new world and gives us hope for a better tomorrow. Everything we do flows out of this, so we can’t help but worship him by living our lives in and for Him.
The very first followers of Jesus were called disciples. They were people who were committed to walking the life that Jesus modeled, and ever since then, His followers have tried to do the same. Being a disciple means that we are all on a journey to become more like Jesus. It’s a willingness to deal with the log in our own eye before we go calling out someone else’s. It’s a commitment to let God and others into our brokenness so that we can be transformed into all that God has made us to be. We are committed to walking that journey.
We believe that God isn’t some far off, distant being in the sky, but is involved and has a plan for the whole world. He is making all things new in and through Jesus, and He wants us to be a part of it. He is healing wounded hearts, restoring broken relationships, and bringing justice to the oppressed wherever they are found. This means we are committed to playing our part in what God is doing. Sacrificially loving, generously forgiving, and passionately coming alongside the marginalized, both in our local town and in the world.
The Gospel was never meant to be an individualistic thing. It was preached to communities, lived in communities, and pushed forward by communities. We think that our lives can only thrive when we do it in relationship with others, especially with those different from us. We weren’t meant to live alone. So we are committed to being together, worshipping together, and serving our community together. We are better together.