Purpose & Core Commitments

Mission:

To glorify God and make disciples by living out the gospel together.

Core Values:

LAVISH GRACE
God gives extravagant love and mercy, so we give it generously to others.

Demonstrated by…
• Reaching out to hurt and marginalized people
• Going out of our way to remember the forgotten and embrace the hard to love
• Lavish upon others undeserved love and forgiveness that hasn’t been earned and can never be repaid
• Offering God’s love and grace when sin divides relationships and community

Matthew 25:40 – “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'”
1 John 4:19 – “We love because He first loved us”
Ephesians 2:8-10 – “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
1 John 3:1-2a – “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God”

FOUNDATIONAL TRUTH
The unchanging Truth of Scripture is our bedrock in a changing world.

Demonstrated by…
• Proclaiming the good news about Jesus
• Continually studying and applying the scriptures to our lives when groups get together
• Being willing to make hard and sacrificial choices in order to remain faithful to God’s Word

2 Tim 3:16-17 – “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
John 17:17 – “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”

CARING COMMUNITY
God designed us to have deep, authentic relationships.

Demonstrated by…
• Welcoming people, knowing their name, then learning their story
• Always making room for one more
• We would rather celebrate, grieve, serve and learn together than by ourselves
• Knowing that nothing that divides us is more powerful than
our unity in the Gospel

Romans 12: 9-16 – “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.   Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”
Acts 2:44 – “All the believers were together and had everything in common.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 – “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Philippians 2:4-5 – “Not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.   In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus”

TRANSFORMING GROWTH
Continually becoming more like Christ.

Demonstrated by…
• Learning the Gospel and allowing it to affect every part of our lives
• Challenging ourselves and one another to become more like Christ today than we were yesterday
• A hunger for sanctification and intimacy with God

Romans 12:1-3 – “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”
1 Peter 2:2-3 – “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
Colossians 2:6-7 – “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Ephesians 5:1-2 – “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

STRATEGIC ACTION
The whole church helping the whole world experience God’s love.

Demonstrated by…
• Building diverse friendships with people who do not look, speak, believe, worship or live as we do
• Loving our brothers and sisters around the world the same way we love our next-door neighbors
• Collaborating not competing with other churches in our community to seek the peace and prosperity of our city
• Supporting and encouraging those who are living and serving cross-culturally

Matthew 28:19-20 – “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,   and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Luke 10-29-37 – “But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’ In reply Jesus said: ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.    So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.    But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. “Look after him,” he said, “and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.” ‘Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?’ The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’ Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.'”

Measures:

Compassion for All – How have I loved someone new today?
Spiritual Appetite – Am I seeking God in His Word and in prayer today?
Commitment to Community – Am I allowing others to share my burdens and am I sharing theirs?
Living Purposefully – How am I living out my unique role in God’s story?
Generous Spirit – How am I giving joyfully and sacrificially?

 

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