Authority | Jesus
After Jesus came to earth, transformed lives, died on the cross and rose again He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Following Jesus’ ascension and exaltation to the Father’s right hand, the Apostle Peter declared, “…God has made Him both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36, ESV) Later, the Apostle Paul wrote that Jesus is (among other ultimate things), “…the head of the body, the church.” (Colossians 1:18) Therefore, our leader is the Lord Jesus Christ and our primary message is that Jesus is the Savior for and Lord of all.
Mission | make disciples
When Jesus called His first disciples He said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19) So, we understand a disciple to be someone who
- follows Jesus,
- is changed by Jesus and
- joins Jesus on His mission of love.
After training His disciples for three years He told them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20) Therefore, an important part of following Jesus is living in His resurrection presence and power as we:
- go to love our neighbors across the street and around the world by praying for them, listening to them, serving them and when asked, sharing the reason for our hope – the good news that Jesus is Lord of all;
- baptize those who believe that Jesus is Lord, so they can begin well; and
- teach those who believe that Jesus is Lord to observe all that He commanded beginning with His three love commands (to love God, one another and neighbors) and then His command to join Him and His followers in His mission to make disciples of all nations.
Simply stated, our mission is to unite with Jesus and His followers to make disciples.
When God created humanity, He said to our ancestors, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth…” (Gen. 1:28) When God called Abram, He promised, “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Gen. 12:3) Six hundred years before Jesus was born a prophet foresaw the day when, “…the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14) After the Apostle Matthew spent 3 years with Jesus, he foretold that, “…in his name the nations will put their hope.” (Matthew 12:21, NIV) After Jesus’ resurrection, He instructed His followers to “make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:18-20, ESV) In Revelation, the final book of the Bible, the Apostle John foresaw the day when “a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9) Therefore, we unite with God in our desire to see families, communities, regions and ultimately people of all nations following Jesus in all of life and helping others do the same.
When Jesus was asked to reveal the greatest commandment in God’s law, He answered, “You shall 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. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”” (Matthew 22:36–40, ESV) A few days later Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”” (John 13:34–35, ESV) Therefore our values are the relational priorities of Jesus to love God, love one another and love our neighbors. Sometimes, when we describe living out these 3 values collectively we us the words worship, community and mission.
Habits | Grow ● Gather ● Give ● Go
We seek to follow Jesus and help others do the same by cultivating the following 4 habits.
Each of us seeks to grow in Christ through believing He is Lord of all, abiding in Him, reading God’s Word and praying daily.
We gather on Sunday mornings, in small groups and in mentoring relationships to worship God, learn from the Bible and pray to encourage one another to follow Christ and help others do the same.
We unite to see Christ’s church become glorious by giving time as volunteers according to the needs of the church, giving offerings and sharing our resources with one another.
We join Jesus in His mission to make disciples of all nations by going to love our neighbors across the street and around the world in action and word, baptizing those who believe Jesus is Lord and then training believers over time to obey Jesus and all of His ways.
Method | Relationships
While Jesus served people in large and mid-sized groups, His primary method for changing the world was to be with 12 men, of whom He invested most of His time with 3. Therefore, we help each other follow Jesus in all of life through intentional relationships (i.e. being together, listening attentively, caring for one another and lovingly sharing guidance when requested) focused on meeting people where they are at and walking with them to where God wants them to be.
We gather to help each other follow Jesus in all areas of life in relational environments of various sizes.
On Sunday mornings we unite to worship God (through reading God’s Word, singing, relaying stories of His goodness, bringing offerings and revering Him in silence), pray through the moves of the Lord’s prayer, hear God’s Word read and preached, remember Jesus through communion and be commissioned to follow and shine for Jesus in all areas of life through a benediction.
We also come together in small groups throughout the week to celebrate what God is doing, receive help to follow Jesus in all areas of life and pray together.
Each day, in our homes we love, pray for, serve and (for those who have young ones) train children to live with and honor Jesus in the daily activities of life.
We also encourage everyone to seek out one or more people of the same gender to mentor us to follow Jesus in all of life and to also walk alongside one or more friends of the same gender who desire our help, prayer and wisdom in their journey with Jesus.
Each day we encourage everyone to spend time along with God in order to cultivate our relationship with Him through prayer and reading His Word. In addition, we seek to live throughout each day in union with Jesus wherever we go and in all that we do.