We are a church family in pursuit of God by engaging Him, His Word, and His world for His glory. We are glorifying God by making disciples of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel Does.
Believers are set apart. They are called to community united in Christ. This community has its birth in Christ, grows by Christ, and multiplies by Christ. The Gospel is the story, the hope, the information about Christ. It shaped our salvation, it shapes our community, it brings in to focus the reality of the world around us. Since the Gospel is the news of hope in Christ, we can say the Gospel is to be the foundation our community is to be built upon. The Gospel should be at the center of all we do. The Gospel should be the avenue by which we work and live. The Gospel is foundational, the Gospel is sustaining, the Gospel is vital. The Gospel is what brings us together, sends us out, and sustains us at every moment. Our community should start with, continue in, and extend through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
A Church in Purpose.
When we are rescued from sin and death through our faith in God’s gracious work in Christ, our way of thinking is transformed. We can no longer continue to think and act according to a nature which was the source of our brokenness and has subsequently been cast aside for our new nature in Jesus Christ. We can’t live a new life by old parameters. New life, new thinking. New wine, new wineskins. Where our old nature told us life consisted of nothing other than the pursuit of self-satisfaction, our new nature in Christ tells us our satisfaction, our true enjoyment of this life, comes from the pursuit of God. A true pursuit of God will show us the blessings of Gospel centered community. When we realized the truth of the Gospel, which is that we were lost with no hope yet saved by God’s grace, we realize where we started from, where we’re going, and why we get to go. We all started as sinners in total isolation from God. Yet now we are forgiven. If God could do this for us, is there anyone He can’t do this for? When we realize we are all in the same boat, we begin to rejoice in others. What our new nature brings to us is that we can now find joy at God’s work in other people. But how do we know other people’s stories unless we are in communication with each other? And how can we communicate if we are never together? And how can we come together without a common bond? When we live our new life in isolation, we deny and dismiss God’s blessing of community. We can come together as a community of believers because the Gospel of Jesus Christ unites us under a banner of faith, hope, and love. We have a great and deeply meaningful connection to each other: Jesus Christ. Our communities of faith are our churches. We can be a church in the purpose of God’s redeeming story.