where every man, woman, and child has multiple opportunities to see, hear, and respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ without coming or going anywhere.
to make and mobilize disciples for the glory of God and the good of the city.
We are committed to the rulership and authority of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Our commitment to God is displayed in finding our satisfaction, joy, and purpose only in God who was revealed to us through the person and work of Jesus Christ. (Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37; John 14:8-9)
The Bible puts an eternal weight on our natural familial bonds, making those who don’t care for their family even worse than an unbeliever. (1 Timothy 5:8) As such we are committed to loving, serving, and enduring with our natural family when at all possible. (Romans 12:18)
Furthermore, salvation is not just a reprieve from punishment but an adoption into a heavenly, eternal, spiritual, and multi-ethnic family with rights and responsibilities to one another. We must seek to intentionally build our church to reflect the diversity of our city as a tangible expression of our working to maintain the unity of the Spirit with our brothers and sisters across racial, cultural, socioeconomic, and generational differences. We commit to and love, forgive, and bear with our spiritual family for the Glory of God and the building up of His Church. (John 10:16; Ephesians 1:5; Mark 3:33-35; Romans 8:14; Romans 8:29; Romans 9:25-26, Hebrews 2:11, Ephesians 2, Ephesians 3:10, Ephesians 4:3, Revelation 7:9, Galatians 3:23, 1 Corinthians 12:12, Colossians 2:11, 1 Corinthians 12)
God gave the church a corporate mission, and each individual believer a vital part of that mission. The Bible uses many metaphors to describe how we are to live in this world such as ambassadors, salt and light, soldiers, and a royal priesthood. All of these titles have a common theme of calling believers to live distinct from this world (holy) in a way that shows that we live for someone else and serve another King. We use our time, talents, treasure to point to the redemption offered in Jesus Christ.
And although evangelism and discipleship in all its various forms is the primary aim and activity of the church, the mission of God includes working to see all of human life brought under the lordship of Jesus Christ through the creation mandate. This includes doing good works on behalf of those who reject salvation. (Matthew 28:18-20; Genesis 1:28; Matthew 5:14-16; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21; 2 Timothy 2:3-4; Ephesians 2:10)