God's grace renewing a people to worship, community and mission
The Christian life starts by centering your life on God in worship. As Augustine of Hippo wrote, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee, O Lord.” One aspect of worship is what we do together on Sundays, but, really, worship is how you live your whole life. So we gather on Sundays to shape us into a people who try on every day of the week to love God above all and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Since the Triune God himself exists in community, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we too long for and find fulfillment when we live in community with others, encouraging each other in the faith, carrying each others' burdens, and holding each other accountable to promises we make. It is often said “It takes a village to raise a child”; in the same way, it takes a church to grow in our faith and live as God’s people in the world.
Being a Christian isn’t about escaping this world for another one. As God sent his son Jesus Christ on a mission save the world, so Jesus sends Christians on a mission into the world, all creation, culture, and community in such a way that affirms its original goodness, its need of grace in its present brokenness, and hopes for its coming renewal when Jesus comes again. Jesus Christ died not just to renew human beings, but also to renew all creation. With this in view, our mission is to bring renewal to every part of creation in which we live and work and rest and play.
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