Growing a community rooted in the Gospel of grace and seeking its increase worldwide.
Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth. -Colossians 1:5-6
2 Timothy 3:16-17; Luke 24:27; Romans 12:1-2
We have no other word to stand on except for God’s. The Bible is this word given to us from God by His Spirit and speaks primarily of the great story of redemption through Jesus Christ. We base all we do upon its inerrant truth. We place a high value on preaching expositionally through books of the Bible, seeking to “unpack” what is there. In discipleship and counseling (which are so closely intertwined), we seek to press home the truths of the Word such that we are increasingly helped by and conformed to them.
Romans 3:21-26; II Corinthians 5:18-21
We hold to the biblical gospel, which holds forth God as holy and righteous, and as our Creator has every right to condemn us for our sin of rejecting Him for vain idols. Amazingly, this same God has graciously given His Son Jesus Christ as a substitute to bear His wrath against our sin and provide perfect righteousness for sinners who repent and rely on Jesus. This is the “good news,” which we regularly urge upon unbelievers to rely on for salvation and believers to rely on for sanctification.
Genesis 3; Ephesians 2:1-5; Romans 8:28-29
Ever since sin entered the world, all men are born spiritually dead and are completely unable to attain salvation apart from God’s sovereign grace. Through being born again by the Holy Spirit, our hearts are given life so that we now see the beautiful person and provision of Jesus and joyfully believe.
As believers, we know that God is sovereign over every detail of our lives, and that in whatever joys or trials we might experience we can be confident that He is working all of these things together for our good, and in the process conforming us more into the likeness of Jesus.
Ephesians 1:3, 6, 12, 14; Romans 15:6
God has done a miracle in saving us. Though completely undeserved, we are now justified and adopted as sons of God through faith in Christ. This knowledge leads sinners well beyond token thanks. Instead, their hearts are filled with worship and a desire for God’s glory. This is true all the more when gathered with other believers who together reflect and respond to God’s grace in Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 3:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18; John 13:34-35, 15:5
The Christian life was never meant to be lived in isolation. Therefore, we seek to come along side each other and help one another in various ways. Whether in fighting sin, going through trials, or spurring one another on toward love and good deeds, we covenant with each other in love for the good of the Body and the portrayal of Christ to the watching world. Similarly, we place a high premium on prayer. In a community of believers, needs multiply and quickly reveal our dependence on God. And so we pray.
Revelation 5:9; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Matthew 28:19-20
We have been saved as part of a bigger picture. That picture is God saving a people for Himself from every tribe, language, people, and nation. Incredibly, He chooses weak people like us to be a part of reconciling the world to Himself. Jesus commissioned his followers to “…go into all the world (starting right where we are) and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that Christ has commanded.”