Vision: Authentic Community/Gospel Growth
The gospel frees us from being self-righteousness, judgmental, and pretending to be someone we aren't. Since our acceptance with God is not rooted in what we have done for him, but in what he has done for us, we don’t have to pretend to be someone we are not. There is great freedom in that.
As you grow in your understanding of the good news about Jesus, you will increasingly see two things simultaneously - God is holy and you are sinful (building a life apart from God with yourself at the center). Without the cross covering the gap between those two realities you will be motivated by pride on the one hand (religion), or despair and depression on the other.
In Luke 7:36-50 Jesus was having a meal at a religious leaders house (a Pharisee), when a "woman of the city" came in (a prostitute). The religious people were offended, but Jesus said this to them (Luke 7:47): "Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” If you see yourself as only having a little sin in your life, then you will also have "a little" love for God and others. But, when you come to realize how great your debt is/was between you and God, you then have "much" love for God and others and it continues to grow. This is the heart of gospel growth. Growth and spiritual maturity is about life transformation and love for God and others. The Apostle Paul said, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." (2 Corinthians 5:17) True growth in the gospel reaches our heart. The gospel causes us to be an authentic community, and it also moves us to be a people who are being changed and shaped by God's love.
More on our vision
Mission: Making and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus’ final words to his followers was a call to make and mature disciples:
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
That is our mission. We strive to consistently see people move from disbelieving to seeking, and from seeking to following. We also have a passion to see people grow in the gospel (maturity). The message of Jesus transforms lives.
- A healthy church will be on mission (make disciples).
- A healthy church will be about maturity (mature disciples - "teach them to observe all that I have commanded").