GETTING STARTED (unique survey series offered on a ‘sister’ congregation’s website)
Each of us has desires and fears when it comes to aligning our hearts to God, and from His vantage point we must confront our deadliest sins and innermost doubts, our greatest accomplishments and deepest regrets. Once we enter into the realm of God, we reemerge as transformed individuals, walking intently toward His glory. This demands patience and fortitude, yet in the end we will be stronger and more faithful.
Our goal is simple: to connect, equip and transform. It’s all about doing the work of God and bringing heaven to earth. We do that by focusing on five points or ‘pillars’ of our church that pinpoint our values and goals. Each of these pillars requires intentional action on the part of the individual.
Transformational Growth – Human beings are creatures of habit. We naturally become comfortable where we are and it is easy for our faith to become stagnant. The process of growing spiritually varies for each individual and a desire for transformational growth includes an effort to regularly assess our current relationship with God.
Authentic Relationships – If we are to be brothers and sisters in Christ, our relationships must be real and cannot be surface-level. It is our desire to connect our members as a family. We strive to love, trust, challenge, support and truly care about one another within Jesus Christ. These authentic relationships do not always come easily, but with proper assessment can be attained.
Faithful Homes – When we take off our shoes and relax at the end of the day, it is in the comfort of our own homes. We cannot be an effective whole unless each individual part is well-maintained. A faithful home, whether it is a family of one or of nine, is integral to a healthy spiritual life and must embody godly characteristics.
Sacred Worship – Biblical worship plays an important role in our growth and is most effective when we are physically and emotionally prepared to commune with God. Worship is about pursuing a relationship with Him daily through prayer, solitude, Bible reading, service and evangelism; evaluating our personal worship lives allows us to strengthen our connection with God.
Evangelistic Outreach – While we are all created in the image of God, we are not all the same. Every person has different passions, different fears, different strengths and different weaknesses. By embracing these differences, each individual can most positively reach out to the world. For effective evangelistic outreach, it is important to accurately define these strengths and weaknesses.
Walking for Jesus is more than just putting one foot in front of the other, it is an intentional decision to follow Him on the road. For years many have been led to believe that Christianity meant fulfilling three things: 1) reading the Bible, 2) praying, and 3) attending church. While these are excellent avenues to draw closer to God, we recognize there is much more. The QUEST is to know Jesus better, to follow Him more closely, and to become – in some mysterious way – wrapped into His presence.
We recognize that following Jesus is not easy, and those who minimize the commitment and effort involved in true followership are doing all of us a disservice. Followership is in fact a very difficult journey, and it can be quite easy to give up, even on the most mundane days.
Our hope and prayer is for those who enter this journey to find something so compelling about the person of Jesus and the way of life He offers that they will choose to commit everything to the pursuit of Jesus and His way. Paul prayed for this in the life of every believer in his letter to the Ephesians, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better” (Ephesians 1:17, ESV).
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