The Bible is God’s direct revelation to us and is the ultimate authority in matters of doctrine, conduct, and ministry. Everything we teach and do will be sifted through the filter of Scripture.
Missional, Incarnational Ministry
Who we are as the body of Christ is deeply rooted in whom God is; a missionary God, a sending God. At our very core we are a sent people called to carry out God’s mission. The version of The Great Commission in John 20:21 is simple yet profound. Jesus says, “As the Father has sent me, I also send you.” In the same manner that God the Father sent his one and only son to live among the world, we too are sent to do the same. We are sent to our neighborhoods, communities, and world to embody the Gospel by how we live as Gospel people, pointing others to Christ.
One of the measures of maturity and health is reproduction. We view the church not as a gathering place, but as a people sent by God to do the work of His mission. So many churches are content with simply adding members to the church, but we will strive to multiply reproducing disciples. We will continually launch new Missional Communities and plant new churches.
Prayer is ultimately about relationship. Our health as individuals as well as a church is dependent on our relationship with God. As we pour our heart out to God in praise, frustration, need, agony, thankfulness, and confession, our joy in the Lord grows. Also, as we pray with other people our human relationships are strengthened as we align our hearts to the same Father. We will be a church of prayer, not in a programmatic way, but in a way that prayer infuses everything we do and all we are.
The message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ never changes, but how we communicate it to the world around us needs to continually change or the church will continue to become irrelevant in the eyes of our culture. In Matthew 22 Jesus said “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” As the church, we need to deeply love all people, truly listen to others, and embody Christ as Gospel people.
Jesus said “Go and make disciples of ALL NATIONS…” God’s plan and purpose is global and our desire is to always be engaged in this global mission. We will live out the mission of Jesus in our neighborhoods, communities, and WORLD. We believe that a globally active church will also be compelled to live more deeply on mission locally, and a locally active church will burn for God’s redemptive purpose for the world.