What is the theological vision for our new church?
Under the authority of God’s Word, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we will be a gospel centered church that worship God, loves one another, and proclaims the gospel to the world.
A Church that…Loves One Another. (John 13:1-35, Acts 2:42-47, Romans 12:3-10, 1 Corinthians 12-13, Ephesians 4:1-16Colossians 3:5-17)
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35) The church is not a building but a body of people, gathered together by Jesus to care for one another and to partner together in worshiping God and sharing the gospel with the world. Our community life is not an optional extra but a fundamental part of our mission together. We are called, first to God, and then, to one another. To be a member of our church is to commit to integrating one’s life with the other members, encouraging one another by the Word, serving one another practically, giving generously to one another, showing hospitality to one another, confessing our sin to one another, exhorting one another toward godliness, guarding the integrity of the church’s witness, and most importantly, celebrating the grace of God at work in our lives. A primary vehicle for this loving community involvement will be our small group structure, designed to focus our efforts of care and fellowship on a particular group of people in the church. These small groups will seek to create a vibrant, genuine, hospitable atmosphere of care and affection in which we have no anonymous members and every member feels the responsibility to care for and serve others. We also want to be a church that guards our speech in love for one another, that commits to reconciling and forgiving each other when we sin and fail one another, and that expresses patience and kindness in the face of our weakness. In short, we want to reflect the love that Jesus has shown us toward one another.