We see a place where the good news of Jesus Christ is at the center of all that we do and who we are. Whether preaching from the Old Testament or the New, the gospel will permeate every sermon. This is because we believe that when we center ourselves on the gospel, we are not merely “re-hashing the basics,” we are drinking from an infinitely deep well. Gospel centrality means God centrality, and we want him at the center of all that we do and are.
KNOWLEDGE & ACTION
We seea place where people’s deepening understanding of the Bible does not lead to dry intellectualism, but to a vibrant life of faith in action! We absolutely want people to know their Bibles and yes… to know sound doctrine, but C.S. Lewis put it well when he said, “It’s not the parts of the Bible that I don’t understand that bother me, it’s the parts I do understand and don’t obey.”
We see a place where the body of Christ functions as it was intended to, as interdependent parts all lifting up (glorifying) the head – that is Christ. We emphasize the family metaphor because we believe the church was meant to be an intimate group of brothers and sisters, tightly knitted together by the gospel. This means that they cry with one another, pray with one another, share one another’s burdens, and celebrate each others’ victories.
We see a place where the family described above would break through every dividing wall: Age, Race, Culture, Gender, Money & Style. This diversity is crucially important to us, not to be cool, but to display to the world that God is in the business of saving every kind of person and bringing them together like a beautifully woven tapestry.
We see a place that does not seek to build it’s own name and reputation, but rather seeks to build the kingdom of God. We want to do this by raising up laborers for the harvest as we train missionaries, teachers, pastors, evangelists, and of coarse church planters. We want to send out our best folks so that God’s mission will continue to advance and the world be transformed by the gospel.