In His grace, God the Father has revealed himself to mankind through the person and work of Jesus Christ. Truth is found in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is Truth that has made itself known and shall set us free (John 14:6, 8:32). God made Himself known to us through the complications of sacred text called the Bible. It is our guide to Truth, our compass directing us to God. We are a culture seeking truth, something to hinge our lives on, to build the foundations of our homes, relationships, jobs, families and dreams. There are many places to set our hopes, but only one foundation that holds: Jesus Christ. It is Him we offer and point to as our hope. We want to extend Truth to a world desperately seeking answers, hope and meaning.
We have been wired as individuals to do life with other people. We were made to be in relationships of trust and acceptance. Throughout the Bible, God doesn't just focus on individuals and their salvation, but on groups of people that He is calling. When the first churches in scripture came together, they met in small groups, supported one another, served each other, and carried each other's burdens. As we connect in biblical relationships, God communicates and encourages us as individuals. It is within these environments that we grow in our faith and understanding of God. We value genuine, real, and authentic relationships.
Jesus informed His followers that His purpose on earth was not to be served, but to serve others and give His life for them (Mk. 10:45). Jesus also commanded his followers to serve others in the same as He had served them. Service is taking what God has given to each of us, like our time, money, talents, and interest, and using them in advancing the cause of those around us. Our service is directed in many areas. We serve the church as we volunteer in various positions. But we also seek to serve our community by seeking its welfare, our neighborhoods, and our world. As God has blessed us, we too serve one another.
God is at work in each of our lives. His goal is to give each of us the greatest joy possible on earth by making us more and more like His Son. But we recognize we are far from this. This is what God seeks to do through the process of transformation. As we encounter Jesus Christ through the Word of God, we seek to align our lives to the Truth that is revealed. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, we submit our will and our desires to those of God. Through this alignment, we find God changing our lives, giving hope where there was hopelessness and freeing us from the slavery to sin and despair. As we not just hear, but apply the words of God, true transformation in our lives takes place.