Our vision is the same as for every gospel-cherishing congregation throughout time and around the world. We believe that every local church exists to glorify God by the quality of our life together. What sort of life together brings God glory? That’s the question behind these three pillars of our church's vision. These describe the sort of culture—the normal way of life—we’re working and praying toward. These are the things we hope you will notice if you visit with us. And these are the things we want you to help us with if you join us.
When we gather for worship each week, we come to listen to what God has told us about who he is and what he has done. And we come to respond to what we hear. We want our primary focus on Him, not on ourselves or what’s happening on stage. So we read together from the Bible. We pray several prayers based on what we hear. We sing songs to honor God and to encourage each other. And we spend a lot of time teaching verse-by-verse through sections of the Bible, working to understand what they mean and how we should respond to what God is teaching us.
Our weekly gatherings are central to our life together, in part, because they give focus to our relationships with each other. They equip us for our ministry to one another. We grow as Christians when we speak the truth in love to one another (Eph 4:15-16). We need help to see how the message of the gospel affects the details of our lives. For us to grow as followers of Jesus, every one of us depends on others to teach us, encourage us, and show us what we may not see about ourselves. And every one of us is responsible to give that same care to others. We want to build a culture where it’s normal for us to invest in one another's spiritual well-being.
A culture of discipleship requires vulnerability and trust, where we know we can depend on each other. That’s one reason why we believe church membership to be so important in fostering the kind of relational environement we aspire to (click here to read more about our understanding and practice of church membership).
Spreading the Gospel
Our life together as a church is meant to fuel our ministry and witness to the world. God has designed every relationship in our lives as a deployment for His kingdom—our families and friends, our neighbors and neighborhoods, our coworkers and our jobs and every other aspect of our lives. And we want our priorities to match the priorities of Jesus. That means, first, getting the gospel to those who don’t have it. And it means showing mercy to those in need. We want to build a culture in our church where it’s normal to help each other claim every opportunity for evangelism and service.