Our vision is of the Gospel. Of Community. Of Mission.
The Gospel is the foundation everything is built upon. Without the person and work of Jesus, there is no community, only alienation from God and others. Without Jesus there is no real mission, only self-serving work. When Jesus of Nazareth died and rose again, he finished the work of redemption that God had promised ever since humans first rebelled in the Garden of Eden. By resting in Jesus and receiving his work on our behalf by faith, we are forgiven and accepted by the God who made us. We are adopted as His sons and daughters and are, more and more, shaped by Him into the image of His Son and enabled to die to sin and live to God.
And that changes things.
God is forming us into a community of people who are secure in the love of God for us in Christ. And our security leads us to love others well, accepting them as broken people in need of the same Jesus who has shown love to us. We worship God together. We use our gifts (both spiritual and tangible) to serve and build up one another. We forgive when we hurt each other. And we offer a safe place for the believer and non-believer alike to know and be known, to ask questions and seek answers and to find a home and community in the world. It happens in church and it happens around the dinner table. We are made for community.
We are also made for mission. Ever since the beginning, God has invited people into His mission of restoring the world broken by humanity's fall. God told Abram that he would bless him, "so that you will be a blessing" (Genesis 12:2). We believe that the salvation Jesus won for us is about us and more than just us. So we seek to enter into our town and our world bringing the good news about God's renewing all things through Jesus. He renews racial relationships. He renews the hope of the poor and the outcast of society. He brings the power of his resurrection to bear on all things and invites us as his hands and feet to joyfully engage the world, not run from it. We seek to do that in our families, with our friends, in our town and by praying for and sending missionaries around the world.