Our mission as a church centers around four ideas or phrases. These four ideas represent our hopes for you. Allow us to unpack them a bit.
Our first hope is that you would KNOW GOD.
John 17:3 says this…
And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
Our desire is that you would truly know God. Not just in an intellectual sense, but in a deeply connected, relational sense. See when the Bible uses this idea of “know” it isn’t simply about knowing facts and details, but it implies intimacy, relationship. Your leadership longs for you to have that kind of knowledge of God.
Our second hope is that you would FIND FREEDOM.
John 8:31-32 says this…
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
So many of us feel stuck. We feel enslaved. Slaves to sin patterns, to expectations of others, to being liked, to being attractive, to being funny. The list can go on and on. It’s idolatry. And Jesus wants to free you from it. And so He invites us to move from striving to abiding. To abide in His word. His gospel. He says when you know that truth, then you will be set free. When you know that Jesus both had to die for you and that he was glad to die for you, something unlocks. You get set free.
Our third hope is that you would EXPERIENCE BELONGING.
But it’s not just that you would know God and find freedom as an individual. You were also created for community.
Romans 12:4-5 says this...
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
If you’re a follower of Jesus, it means you are part of His body. You belong. Now you may know that cognitively, but are you experiencing the reality of belonging? If we’re honest, we still feel like we’re in the middle school lunch room, wondering who we can sit with? Who will accept us? Well guess what? Those days are over. You are in Christ and you are part of His church, His body. You belong. Welcome.
Our fourth hope is that you would SEEK RENEWAL.
We believe you were created for a great purpose. God wants to use you.
Jeremiah 29:7 says this…
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
You have a role to play in seeking the welfare, the flourishing, the renewal of our cities and communities. The time, talent, and treasure you have been given are not for your benefit alone, but for the good of your neighbor.