Honest - Because God knows me fully and still loves me
Open - Because I am loved, I can love
Growing - Because the love of God is changing me
Inspiring people to thrive in the finished work of the cross
The heart of the Bible is Jesus, the heart of Jesus is the cross and the heart of the cross is grace. The more you understand the cross, the more you realize that all the work of our salvation has been done by God. he works, we rest. He gives, we receive, that is grace. Jesus said, "Whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be clearly seen that what has been done has been done by God" (John 3:21) we believe that everything from salvation through sanctification is accomplished by leaning into the finished work of the cross. "God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work" (2 Corinthians 9:8) "His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through out knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires" (2 Peter 1:3-4) Therefore, we will teach everyone these things.
1. Because of Jesus' Once for All Sacrifice for every sin of all people, permanent salvation is offered to all who believe. Therefore, we will look for opportunities in every situation to help all people respond to the gospel.
2. Because of Jesus' Grace, with no effort or works of our own, at the moment of belief, God justifies and redeems us. God changes sinners into His dearly loved children with the full rights of sonship. Believers are righteous, holy, blameless, forgiven, accepted, empowered, blessed, secure and sanctified. Therefore, we will use all that He have us to love and serve Jesus with joy and freedom and encourage others to live in and enjoy the amazing grace of God.
3. Because Jesus is God and exactly like the Father, who loves us dearly, we will teach people about how much God loves them and His promises for them. Therefore, through biblical teaching, we will inspire people to honor God with the praise of their lips, and use the gift of music to inspire people to be grateful for all He has done.
4. Because Jesus Loves the whole world, and everyone in it, we will strive to be a community of love. We will, in real terms and real ways, reject legalism and see people the way God sees them. We will try to live out the love of God and view people through the gospel not through our own standards of self-righteousness.