Experiencing God changes us.
1. We seek first to love, worship, serve, and honor God.
Worshipping God as a relational gathered community
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. Psalm 95:6
We worship together by honoring and interacting with God as a community. From ancient liturgies to contemporary expressions, from expected to unexpected, we encounter and enjoy God together in our worship gatherings.
Serving God by planting neighborhood churches
“I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18
Jesus invites us to join him in building his Church. We do this by sharing our lives, faith, and resources with our neighbors, both near and far, and by planting churches. We dedicate ourselves, as God allows, toward fostering a relational network of Neighborhood Churches, planting 20 churches in our first 20 years.
Honoring God in all we do
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Removing our masks liberates us.
2. We seek to live as a relational community, grow in Christ, and be guided by the Holy Spirit.Living as a relational community
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…” Genesis 1:26
We live as a relational community by honoring God and holding relationships sacred. We hold relationships sacred by creating opportunities to be together, valuing relationships over structures, and gathering in caring, authentic, and diverse small groups.
Continually growing in our relationship with God
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17
We continually grow by investing time in and strengthening our relationships with each other and with God. We recognize the persistent renewing nature of relationships, so we invest our time in them through casual discussions over dinner as well as organized Bible studies to encourage divine growth in our community.
Following God’s direction as a devoted community
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that God’s people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
We listen to and obey God’s voice, first through Scripture, and also through Christian communities modern and ancient. In all areas of our personal and gathered lives – work, home, recreation – we seek to be guided by the Holy Spirit.
Serving Jesus together changes the world.
3. We seek to love and serve our neighbor.
Serving God by serving our neighbors
For God so loved the world that he gave… John 3:16
We serve our neighbors by generously giving our time, ability, and resources to those in our community. We believe all people, not just pastors, are equally called by God to serve by intentionally participating in and caring for our community, representing Christ in our community, and pointing people toward Jesus.
Joining Jesus in his mission
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5
We join Jesus in his mission to transform our world. God is a missionary God and we are his missionary people. God calls us to join him in the adventure of being like Jesus. We do this by daily embodying Good News in our relationship to our family, friends, neighbors, culture, and environment. Through us Jesus preaches, heals, comforts, gives, encourages, works, and saves us from ourselves.
- We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever!
- Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.
- The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
- Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.
- The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.
- Jesus Christ will come again to the earth—personally, visibly, and bodily—to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).
- The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
from the westminster confession of faith