Our Mission (What we do)
We exist to make, mature and multiply disciples of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit for the glory of God.
- Disciples are made through telling the good news of Jesus Christ with words that are authenticated by good deeds.
- Disciples are matured by growing in understanding and applying the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Disciples are multiplied when they are sent out to spread the gospel form new church plants to reach new neighborhoods in and throughout the world.
Our Vision (What we want to be)
As we seek to be a community on mission together, we believe that there are three main characteristics that should mark us. We want to:
We are called the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, so we want to be a community that is most excited about one thing; the gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that loving Christ is to be pursued in every facet of our lives—with our time, work, money, and more—as we consider the all-encompassing implications of the gospel.
Corporately we nurture this love for Christ through the gathering of the saints in an assembled setting. Here, we worship Jesus by remembering the gospel through preaching, teaching, singing, praying and celebrating the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 10:31, Psalm 145:1-21, Isaiah 43:6-7, Colossians 3:1-17). Loving Christ is a triune act, because in Christ, God the Father is fully revealed (John 14:9) and the Holy Spirit is the revealer (John 14:26). Our desire is that the Holy Spirit of God would so fill us with love for the Son of God, that Father God would be glorified in our hearts and through our lives.
Love Each Other
Truly loving each other is a radical call amid a church culture of mere Sunday morning attendance and casual involvement (which is a terrible misrepresentation biblical Christianity). True biblical love involves mutual care, consistency and faithfulness as we seek to worship the person of Christ and encourage the work of Christ in our lives. Though each Christian has a personal relationship with God, that relationship is fleshed out in our life together as a church. The Bible calls us members of the body (1 Corinthians 12:12-31) with the expectation that we contribute to the body for the glory of God and the good of His people, serving each other with words and actions (Acts 2:42-47, Ephesians 4:12-16, Hebrews 3:12-13, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31).
Love The Lost
Loving Christ and loving each other leads us to reach out in love to those around us. As people who live in the Roselawn/Demotte area we want to be committed to loving this town in word and deed. With our words we want to proclaim the Gospel, so that people might hear, repent of sin and put their faith in Jesus (Romans 10:13-15) and be saved!
With our deeds we want to display the radical love that God has for this town, so that people might see our good works and give glory to God (Matthew 5:16). By saying that we love this town, we aren’t trying to be exclusive. We believe that if we allow God’s love for the town to be our love for the town, then God can take those small steps of faithfulness and turn us into a multiplying community that will spread beyond our town to wherever God leads.
Our Values (What we care about)
While we celebrate being a diverse group of people, there are several values we share together as a church that unite us as we seek to pursue our mission and live out our vision.
It’s all about Jesus. From beginning to end, the Bible points us to the amazing reality that God has been merciful to sinners in Jesus. This is the gospel, the good news that shapes everything about who we are and what we are to be about.
The gospel creates a new family which brings together diverse people to live in unity as we pursue Jesus and His mission in His household. This family fellowship in Christ happens through local churches where deep relationships are pursued. For us, church is not a building or a service time, but who we are as part of the family of God on mission together.
We believe Jesus has sent the church into the world for the mission of making, maturing and multiplying his disciples to the ends of the earth until He returns. Embracing our identity as sent by Jesus is essential to understanding that all of life (at work, at home, on our block, in our church life together) is mission.
Though we joyfully invite every person to faith in Jesus, we are committed to sacrificially serving others whether they believe as we do or not. We want to do this by using our gifts and resources for the needs of others, especially the poor and the powerless.
Men and women, while different, are both created in the image of God to display the glory of God by reflecting the relationships of the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit and of Christ to the church. According to God’s good design: men, women and children play complementary roles in the church and the home.
Local churches are spiritual households that include individual family units that should be cared for and strengthened to fulfill their God ordained roles, not only as individuals but also as families (1 Tim. 3:15, Ephesians 5:22-33, Ephesians 6:1-4; 1 Peter 3:1-7).
Jesus loves people and towns are where most people live, work and play. Therefore, we believe that if the church is going to have a strategic in influence in our culture for the fame of Jesus, our town should be the focus of our missional efforts. For us, that means that while we want to be part of gospel expansion wherever possible, we are most committed to seeing that happen in this area (our own ‘Jerusalem’, so to speak, See Acts 1:8).
Godly Homes for the Next Generation
We want our children to love Jesus long after we are gone (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 78:1-11; Ephesians 6:4). Therefore, we purposefully seek to pass on our mission, vision and values to the next generation through the recovery of the biblical roles of family life & church life.
For that reason we ask that fathers/husbands pick up the mantle and begin to lead their families (Eph. 5:26; 6:4) by washing their wives with the washing of the Word and bringing up their children in the training and admonition of the Lord. Engaging their children with teaching the Scriptures, modeling Christ centered lives and intentionally integrating them into the life of the church.