We want to get to a point in our relationship with God where everything we do – in every way – is giving glory to Him. We work together to grow into young men and women who are passionate about following God. Lastly, we strive to live lives that are a reflection of Christ and reflect our call to be salt and light in the world. (1 Corinthians 10:31; Deuteronomy 13:4; Matthew 5:13-16)
By our actions, all people will know that we are of God and not of this world. We all hope to live our lives so different from the world that we will be examples to all believers and be a shining light to those who are lost. This will be evident in three key actions:
1. Loving God & Others: Our love for God will be evident by our focus on worship, Bible study, prayer, and devotion. Our love for others will be evident in our words and actions toward one another and in our inclusion of all into our group no matter their age, race, socioeconomic status, etc. (Matthew 22:36-40; John 15:12-13)
2. Sharing Jesus & Life: In all that we do we strive to share the good message of Jesus Christ. This will be seen in our times of fellowship, on our trips, in small groups, and in our lives away from the church building. (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:20)
3. Serving Inside & Outside: Serving was a central aspect of the ministry of Jesus and thus it is for us as well. We strive to serve our congregation and our community in a way that emulates Christ. (Philippians 2:4; Galatians 5:13; Matthew 23:11)
Imperfect but Made Perfect in Jesus
In all of this, we understand that we won’t always be perfect. We won’t always choose the right path. We will make mistakes, we will mess up. But as brothers and sisters, we will walk beside each other and in step with the Holy Spirit. So that every time one of us falls – and we will – one of our brothers or sisters will be there to pick us up.
We also believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ which saves our imperfect selves from our sins and offers us salvation and an eternity with our Father in Heaven.