To fulfill the Great Commission by living the Great Commandments
Jesus replied, “ ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37–39 (NLT)
We believe our life’s purpose is to love God with all of our being.
And part of how we show our love for God is by loving others in the world around us. One of the most important ways we can love others is by sharing with them what Jesus has done.
We believe Jesus gave His followers a specific mission…to make disciples.
Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19–20 (NLT)
This mission involves BOTH sharing the Good News about what Jesus has done, as well as teaching those who choose to follow Him how He told us to live our lives. We believe its difficult, if not impossible, to grow to spiritual maturity alone.
We believe that’s part of the reason Jesus gave us spiritual leaders and the church.
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:11–12 (NLT)
Our church gathers on Sundays to celebrate what Jesus has done through singing praises to Him and the teaching of His Words, but as important as these weekly celebrations as a church body are...
We believe true and lasting spiritual maturity happens best in smaller relational environments.
Which is why we strongly encourage everyone in our church to gather in smaller groups during the week to help one another grow in our relationship to God and to each other.
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:23–25 (NLT)