Who We Are
We are Gospel-centered worshipping people. The Gospel is the record of God's revelation and glory as the creator being put to death in the greatest act of human evil, the crucifixion of Jesus.
When we say Gospel-centered we mean that the Christian life is, from beginning to end, a response to Jesus' death for us. It is not self-help or self-improvement. It is God doing everything to save us from sin. It is the good news of God's appointed Savior for all of us - Jesus. He is the Gospel.
We think orthodoxy is a wonderful thing. The doctrines of the Bible are not boring; they are astounding. They are astounding because they tell us of the most wonderful being of all - the true God. No one in the Bible ever met with the true God and walked away yawning.
We also think that passion is a good thing. Passion is expressed in worship. We sincerely celebrate the Gospel by expressing it in every detail of life. We consider this our logical worship (Romans 12:1-2).
If the Gospel is the truth and the most important message in history - what values grow out of that message? Here is our short list.
1. Encouragement - the story of God's saving grace for us in Jesus should lead us to be encouragers of each other.
2. Humility - nothing seems to be more opposed to the Gospel than pride. We could do nothing to rescue ourselves from sin. God has done it all, even when we deserved judgment. How can we be proud?
3. Authenticity - becoming a Christian means admitting that we are far worse than we have ever thought. Therefore we do not need to work so hard at impressing others. We can be real.
4. Community - the Gospel informs me that I am not able to save myself. God must do it all. It also says I cannot grow as a Christian alone. I need the help of others in the church. The Gospel should lead us to community. The Gospel creates communities where the relationships demonstrate the beauty of Christ.
5. Service - the God who made us stooped to become a man, and a slave, even to the point of dying the most shameful death imaginable. So, we should not be people who seek the highest place or bring our self-importance and ambitions into the church.
6. Mission - the Gospel is designed to increase. Churches are to multiply. We do not think we are called to get comfortable in this life. We are commissioned with the redemptive mission as Jesus.