Our Core Values
Mission is why the Church exists.
The Church is a movement, not an institution.
Every follower of Jesus is commissioned by God.
Love is the context for all mission.
The Church is relational, not programmatic.
Every follower of Jesus is part of a larger community.
Structure must always submit to Spirit.
The Church is empowering, not controlling.
Every follower of Jesus is called and connected uniquely to serve.
Relevance to culture is not optional.
The Church is a movement not a museum: it is incarnational, not esoteric.
Every follower of Jesus celebrates communion with God.
Creativity is the natural result of spirituality.
The Church is transforming, not conforming.
Every follower of Jesus grows in Christ-like character.
The Bible is God’s authoritative word to us. Jesus is the only hope for a lost and broken world. The local church is God’s agent for redemptive change. Every Christian is called and gifted by God to serve the Body and seek the Lost.
This is the narrative of Our Faith.
Our Narrative of Faith:
Faith that looks backward.
Creation & the fall
We believe that God is the author and sustainer of the cosmos. With His own lips, God breathed the breath of life into humankind, and called us into relationship with Him. God walked through His creation alongside humanity in perfect unity. Unfortunately, our ancestors chose creation over the creator and plunged our connection to God into disrepair. In that moment the relationship for which we were created was broken and the breath of God was knocked out of us by our own choosing. Thankfully, the God who made us still loved us. He came to us in spite of our guilt and covered our shame.
The Scriptures & the Incarnation
As humanity continued to walk away from God, He continued to walk toward us and continued to speak to us. God spoke to and through those who would seek Him. These holy men of old recorded for us the very word of God. As God once again breathed, and men wrote, a porthole for all of humanity was opened up so that we can know God through His word. In the course of time, that word took on human flesh. The Spirit of God conceived the Son of God in the womb of a young Jewish virgin. The angel Gabriel gave Him the name Jesus. Nine months later before a small crowd of shepherds and beneath a chorus of angels, God was born.
Salvation & the Church
As Jesus walked the dust of His own creation He called together a diverse group of men and women who still longed to walk and talk with God. On one particular occasion, Jesus said to one of them, “I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.” Then, He gave His church the keys to His kingdom to both bind and loose on earth. The key to the hope of the world is in the hand of the church, and that key is the Good News of Jesus Christ: He died for the sins of the world, He was buried for three days, He rose triumphantly conquering sin, death and Hell, and He ascended to the right hand of His Father where He is interceding for those who believe. Jesus has become the only hope that we have and the only hope that we need.
Hope that looks forward.
The second coming & the kingdom
As five hundred witnesses looked on, Jesus returned to Heaven but He left us with the promise that He would return in the same way that He had gone. We believe that Jesus will someday call us home to be with Him. Believers, both dead and alive, will answer His call. Those who have found hope in Christ will instantly be translated into a heavenly place and transformed into a heavenly body to forever be with our Lord.
On a day appointed that is on God’s eternal calendar, the city of Heaven will descend to its rightful place on earth-not the earth as we know it but the earth as God intended it: a world without famine, hatred, warfare or disease, a kingdom with Christ as its King. On that day, God will restore paradise as He intended it and His followers will enjoy it forever.
Love that looks at the present.
We believe that every follower of Christ is especially gifted by God to be an expression of His love to the world in which we live. We choose to see the world not through the guilt, shame and hurt that fill it, but through the love that God has for it. We are the church, and we are the agent of God’s redemptive love for His creation. We will not condemn those for whom Jesus died. Life church: will live by faith, will be known by love and will offer hope. Come see for yourself what church can be.
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