It Begins with Prayer
We believe that in order to be authentic worshipers we must be a praying community. That it is through prayer that we connect and reconnect with our creator daily to find hope, inspiration, direction and purpose. To understand that the purpose of prayer is not to bend God’s will to ours but to shape our will to His.
James 5:13-16 “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
People Matter to God
We believe that as followers of Christ we are the ones that are called to be set-apart, to act and behave differently than standards that the world lays down – therefore it’s the unbelieving or un-churched that are normal and as Christians we are to be abnormal.
Luke 15:4-7 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”
We are passionate about the arts because being created in the image of God, who obviously was very creative; we too are all creative beings. Because of this the arts have a very unique way of reaching us and pulling on our heartstrings. So, whatever the art form (Theater, Music, Dance, Visual Arts, Technical Arts, etc…) we want to be a part of discovering this giftedness in people and use the arts to their full potential in effectively communicating the “Good News”.
Genesis 1:1-2 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
We believe it’s time to get real with each other, to put down our masks and to be honest first with ourselves and with the people around us. We will never be authentic worshipers until we get beyond our facades.
Acts 2:46-47 “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
We believe that people more than ever want to know the truth and its origins. Not some soft sell or watered down version of the truth and they desire to investigate these claims in a safe environment. We assume that people are rational thinking beings; therefore we will present the Bible in whole and let people think for themselves.
2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.”
Ecclesiastes 12:10 “ Indeed, the teacher taught the plain truth, and he did so in an interesting way.”
As followers of Christ we want to be about reproducing what God has already produced; disciples. We want leaders reproducing leaders and churches reproducing churches.
Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
As we grow in Christ we learn what His standards are and what is honoring to Him. We think that Rich Mullins put it best when he said, “When will my appetite to please God outweigh my appetite to please myself”. Discipleship is all about changing our appetite.
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Throughout scripture we see God giving his best to us, including His only begotten son. Excellence isn’t to be confused with perfection, but it is a commitment to only bring to God our very best. As a church whatever we do, we do it in the context of a gift to God. So, if we are going to do something whether that be teaching, music, drama, the visual arts, or the smallest of tasks we want it to be pleasing before God. We see this as only making sense that we as disciples would want to give our best to our Creator.
1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
LIFE 2:42 Groups
Our greatest growth is a by-product of being in loving relationships. We see this happening best in the context of LIFE 2:42 groups where doing life together gives us all the opportunity to ‘be the church’ serving and being served.
John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
We believe that we must continually remind ourselves of the needs of others. As God empowers us we must reach out to others within our own community and abroad. In many cases we must befriend and meet their physical needs before we earn the privilege to share Christ on a personal level. The world is becoming more and more dangerous by the day but we must not let that deter us in reaching out to those in need of Christ.
2 Timothy 4:1-5 “And so I solemnly urge you before God and before Christ Jesus – who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his Kingdom: Preach the word of God. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to right teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever they want to hear. They will reject the truth and follow strange myths. But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at bringing others to Christ. Complete the ministry God has given you.”