We exist to expand the family of God
by making disciples of all nations.
“Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
What is the Gospel and why do we need to hear it?
[CREATION] We see beauty, purpose, and evidence of design around us. God made each of us with a purpose - to worship Him and walk with Him. [FALL] But because of sin our relationship with God is broken, and we are bound for eternity without Him. We spend out days trying to make ourselves right with Him, but we fail constantly. But God did not leave us in our brokenness. [REDEMPTION] Jesus, God in human flesh, came to us and lived perfectly according to God's design. Jesus came to rescue us - to do for us what we could not do ourselves. Jesus took our sin and shame to the cross, paying the penalty of our sin by His death. [RESTORATION] Jesus was then raised from the dead to provide the only way for us to be rescued and restored to a relationship with God. Simply knowing these things is not enough. We must turn from sin and submit to Jesus as Lord. By faith, we must ask for forgiveness. Believing, we receive new life through Jesus and God turns our lives in a new direction - toward His coming Kingdom.
What makes us Family?
Those who have repented and believed the Gospel are now a part of something God is establishing, even right now. It is His Kingdom. Followers of Jesus Christ are citizens of this Kingdom. These citizens gather together as beneficiaries of the New Covenant in Jesus' blood in local congregations called churches. While there is only one, holy, universal, apostolic Church, this Church is made visible in the many local congregations that gather regularly under the teaching of God's Word, the administration of the ordinances, and life together as family. Throughout the New Testament, writers use family language to describe the relationship between covenanted church members. As members, we see our lives bound together by a common confession of faith for the purpose of proclaiming the excellencies of Christ to the world, near and far, in both word and deed.
What is our family's mission?
As a family with a purpose to spread the fame of Jesus Christ, we joyfully join together in making and growing disciples who work to expand the family of God in every "corner" of the world. We make disciples together by emphasizing the five ministries we see in the church in Acts 2:42-47, which are teaching, fellowship, worship, service, and evangelism. All of these ministries of our church work together to grow mature disciples individually, communally, and corporately.