Our Mission - Love God. Love People.
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)
to be a church where love for God and people grows as we RELATE with God
through these priorities:
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
John 17:3 (NIV)
Additional Verses (learn more)
• SURRENDER to God - our lives and resources. (learn more)
But from there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29 (ESV)
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:18-19 (NLT)
I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death. Philippians 3:10 (NLT)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1 (NIV)
1. Our lives.
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23 (NIV)
We do this through Baptism, Lord's Supper and Worship.
2. Our resources.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21 (NIV)
We do this through giving our time, talents and treasures.
• COMMUNICATE with God - through prayer and the Bible. (learn more)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.John 15:5,7 (NIV)
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV)
We do this through spending time in solitude, fasting, praying with and for others.
If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine.
John 8:31 (NAS)
We do this through personal Bible study, Small Group Bible discussion, and life application teaching.
with believers - by serving
in Jesus' name. (learn more)
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. … Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Romans 12:4-5, 10 (NLT)
1. Serve others with our gifts and talents.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
We do this through serving in a Small Group, the church, and volunteering in the community.
2. Gather in Jesus’ name.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:20 (NIV)
We do this through gathering with two or more to do life and these priorities together.
love to the world - by caring
the Good News. (learn more)
Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. … Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. … If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. … Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:13, 15, 20, 21 (NIV)
1. Care for others through life challenges.
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine,
you did for me. Matthew 25:40 (NIV)
We do this through assisting others with basic needs and equipping them with skills to trust God.
2. Share the good news of Jesus with unreached people.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And
surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks
you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
We do this through inviting others to participate, telling our story and God’s story of salvation,
and partnering with pastors in other countries to evangelize unreached people groups.
Principles that guide our behavior as we carry out our Vision:
He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
Ephesians 4:16 (NLT)
Acceptance (learn more)
Assisting Growth (for all ages) (learn more)
Accept people as they are and help them become who God wants them to be.
Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory. Romans 15:7 (NLT)
Authenticity (learn more)
Help each other relate with God and become like Jesus.
He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.Ephesians 4:16 (NLT)
Aiding the Community (learn more)
Practice honesty with God and others, including consistency between my beliefs and actions.
So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:6-7 (NLT)
Show the love of Jesus in practical ways to the disadvantaged.
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:3-4 (NIV)