It is the Gospel that moves us to love and worship God (1 John 4:19), to extend grace and love to others, and it is the Gospel that moves us to make disciples in obedience to the mission Jesus has given us. We are formed as a new community by the gospel and this community has as its purpose taking this gospel message forward.
Worship – Love God
“And [Jesus] said to him, “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.”
(Matthew 22:37-38 ESV; see also Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27)
Worshiping God is first about valuing, loving, and treasuring God above all others. It is saying with the Psalmist, “Whom have I in heaven but you, and there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73:25-26).” It’s through our deep desire for God that worship spills over into our lives and becomes living in joyful, sacrificial obedience to God (Romans 12:1).
God can only be known and loved and worshipped in and through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit (John 4:24; 14:6; 2 Cor. 4:6). It is Jesus alone who can save us from worshipping ourselves to the worship of God.
Community – Love people
“And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
(Matthew 22:39 ESV)
The Church is primarily a people not a place or an event. In Christ we are reconciled to God and to one another as a “new humanity.” We are formed and guided by the Spirit and the Scriptures to be a counter-cultural community that participates fully in one another’s lives through giving and receiving, serving and being served, loving and being loved. As God’s people, we show the world what life under Jesus’ gracious reign looks like and serve as a foretaste of the coming Kingdom.
Mission – Make Disciples
We love God and others by making disciples (worshippers) who find joy and rest and satisfaction in Jesus.
“And Jesus came and said to 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 ESV)
We are the missional community of God, called to reflect the missional heart of God. As His people, we are gifted and empowered by His Spirit and sent together into the world to join with God in His mission to renew this world with the Gospel. Because Jesus is worthy, we work to reorient our lives around Him. Although God is sovereign and does not need our help, it is our blessing and a lifeline of spiritual health to be on mission with Him and to love others as He does. By being on mission with Christ, we work to redeem people from worshiping themselves to worshiping Jesus. We share the Gospel in both word and deed seeking to touch the spiritual and physical needs of others in our city and world with the message and mercy of Jesus Christ by demonstrating compassion, working for justice, and participating in a church planting movement that will establish Gospel-centered churches.