Renew City Vision 2019
We want to center everything we do around the good news of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ came to earth from heaven, lived among us, died on our behalf, and was raised from the dead. His death saved us from the grip of sin and his resurrection freed us to live the way we were intended. Our relationship with ourselves, others, and God is radically changed because of Jesus. (1 Corinthians 15:1-8)
Community as Family
When Jesus gave his final instruction to his disciples, he tells them to create a new family that spreads across every people group. That means that the church should be less like a fraternity and more like a multiethnic family. This is family is inside-out in nature. The love we experience together should overflow to others. This is God’s missions for the world. So the church is essentially a family on a mission to extend God’s love to all who haven’t received it. While that can be messy at times, we believe that God takes messy things and makes them marvelous. (Matthew 28:18-20)
The Journey of Faith
Faith is not a leap but a climb. It’s a lifelong journey with many steps. So we want to encourage our community toward a direction rather than a destination. If you’re exploring, questioning, doubting, or you’ve been following Jesus for years, our community seeks to help you connect with Jesus and take your next step regardless of where you are in your spiritual journey.
The Bible teaches that we should seek the peace and well- being of our city. When we seek the well- being of our city, we all thrive! So, we want to be so good at serving the needs of our neighbors that we would be missed if we left the neighborhood. This happens through the “proclamation and demonstration” of the good news of Jesus. This also means we pay special attention to the well-being of the marginalized in our city. (Jeremiah 29:4-9)
Leading from 'The Middle'
Jesus leads from the middle. He breaks down division by standing in the middle and creating something new. Therefore, we value people who are willing give up the comforts of their culture, stand in the middle, and build others up. It is not easy to maintain one’s cultural identity and still leave space to participate and appreciate others, but we believe that the power of the Gospel enables us to do it. (Ephesians 2:11-22)