Love God. Grow Together. Serve All
"Because life isn't simple."
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Love God (and Others): Love is an action, it is a verb, and it is something we do. We believe God is actively showing His love to us and we are called to live lives that reflect love back to Him. This love that is shown to God is shown in our acts of devotion to Him, but also by the way we love others. It is as Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22). Our measure of love for God is seen in the way we love others. We believe learning how to Love one another and Love God is one of the central aspects of being a part of a faith community and it is central to who we want to be.
Grow Together: Life is better together than alone. All throughout the Scriptures we see God calling people to connect and grow together. We desire to connect with each other, with our community and people we don’t yet know. It is as the writer of Hebrews says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…” (Hebrews 10). We want to connect and grow with all people as a way of building relationships; we hope that as we grow together we will be a part of changing the world in real and tangible ways. We want to grow as men and women, as parents and children, as grandparents and grandchildren, as people who desire to be a part of God’s redeeming work in the world, as a people helping to set things right.
Serve All: When we attempt to follow Jesus as one of His disciples it does not take us long to see that he came to serve us and that we are called to serve others. This call of service is seen in the way the church was called to take care of widows and orphans, the way in Acts 2 they shared and took care of one another, or we see it in Jesus’ own words, “Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20). We want to be a people who have hearts of servants. We hope to find ways to serve both disciples of Jesus and those who are not disciples of Jesus. We believe service is an expression of bringing Heaven to Earth now. It is in the words of Jesus “Thy kingdom come, on earth as it is in Heaven.”