The Gospel of Jesus Christ sets us free to be real people, to encounter the real God, and to take real risks as we love God and the world around us.
We believe that the Bible is God's Word and reveals to us the Gospel, which is God's good news for all people. The Gospel says that even though we have lived our lives for ourselves rather than for Him, rightfully deserving His judgment and death, He has graciously given His Son, Jesus, in order to live, die and rise again for us. Jesus has come to be our substitute. He lived the perfect life and offers to give us credit for His obedience. He died on the cross, taking the blame for our sin and experiencing the judgment that we deserve. In all that Jesus did for us, He offers us a relationship with God that is completely reconciled and restored.
If we receive what Jesus offers us and we put our trust in Him, then we can know that we are accepted by God, no matter how sinful we are. We can live our lives in God's presence now and forever, knowing that He is for us and not against us. We can live with the confidence that God loves us, wants only what is best for us, and will be working at all times for our good.
We pray that this Good News is at the heart of all we do as a church: in our worship, in our ministry to others, in our relationships.
This Good News sets us free to be real people.
"...while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
We are free to be honest about who we are. God loves us and sacrificed His Son for sinners, and therefore we do not need to hide or be something we are not, with God or with one another. However, this news doesn't just give us an excuse to kick back and recline in our selfishness and self-centeredness. We are also free to grow and become the real people that God made us to be, reflecting His image , desires and values.
This Good News sets us free to experience the real God.
"...to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think,..." (Ephesians 3:20)
Because we are accepted and forgiven by God through the work of Jesus, we should expect to experience His presence and power in our lives and in our church, often in surprising ways. We long to see evidence of God's hand at work in our church family, rather than simply settling for "doing church."
This Good News sets us free to take real risks for God and the world around us.
"...walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us..." (Ephesians 5:2)
Our church family is full of people who are giving themselves up for people around them, whether they are close friends or strangers. Because we have absolute security as God's beloved children, we are not afraid to enter into the reality of the brokenness of this world and lay down our lives for others, even though it might cost us.