We earnestly desire to be a diverse spiritual family united by the Gospel that longs for God’s presence and power in every dimension of our lives. Through his grace we continually seek to grow deeper in intimacy with Christ and go farther with him on mission. We pray that our dedication to both Word and Spirit would result in commissioned disciples, passionate worship, heartfelt love for God and one another, miraculous ministry, and joyful satisfaction in all that God is for us in Jesus.
Because God first loved us, we are committed to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, to love one another as Christ has loved us, and to give generously of our money, time, and lives.
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. . . . You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
“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.”
“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”
1 John 3:16
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
We are always ready to respond with passionate praise and adoration of our God in spirit and truth. We worship in song and by living life in a way that clearly points to the supremacy of Christ in all that we do.
“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
"All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.”
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”
“Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
As a diverse spiritual family, we are committed to honoring and encouraging one another in love, service, and humility, exhorting each other to hate evil and pursue good, as we strive to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever.”
1 Peter 4:10-11
We are ready to risk by walking in obedience to God’s commands and to proclaim the gospel with confidence in the power of his Spirit in us. Spirit-empowered courage equips us to seek his will in every sphere of culture and in every neighborhood and nation on earth.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.”
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
“And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.”
God’s glory in and through us is most clearly seen by our joy and gladness in him. Therefore, we seek to cultivate an atmosphere of both happy and holy satisfaction in God in all that we do and in our relationships with one another.
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.”
1 Peter 1:8
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”