Serving God, Loving People Rationale
1) To be a dynamic, spiritual organism empowered by the Holy Spirit that shares Christ with as many people as possible in our church, community, and throughout the world.
2) To be a worshiping fellowship that experiences an awareness of God by recognizing His person and responding in obedience to His leadership.
3) To experience an increasingly meaningful fellowship with God and fellow believers while helping others to do the same.
4) To help promote a continual, growing knowledge of God and man through Bible study and personal devotion.
5) To be a church whose purpose is centered upon Christ and His mission, heeding only to His Leadership.
Our Christian Community-
The New Testament often uses an interesting term to describe the body of Christians, koinonia. The common English translation is "fellowship". "Fellowship" is not a very helpful translation because it has the connotation of a loose collection of friends. Koinonia's more exact translation would be "community". The Christians had a community; they were a group of people who shared.
The first thing they shared was the Holy Spirit. Paul refers to the "fellowship of the Holy Spirit" or the "community of the Holy Spirit" (2 Cor. 13:14). The Spirit was the basis of the Christians' common life.
But the early Christians shared much more. They had their whole lives in common. Perhaps the best definition of Christian community is found in the Book of Acts: "Now the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had everything in common...There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles' feet; and distribution was made to each as any had need".
Having everything in common meant that no one thought anything he possessed was his own. Everything was at the disposal of the community for the common good. Christian community, koinonia, means that our whole lives are in common. Our possessions, our lives, belong first to the Lord and then to our brothers and sisters in the lord, the body of Christ. In Christian community, what's mine is yours. We do not keep parts of our lives for ourselves, unavailable to our brothers' claim on them.
Our Larger Community-
Scripture does not only call us to community with other believers, but we are also tasked with a special relationship to the rest of the world. Jesus does not desire us to live among ourselves alone, but to actively share in His love for THE WHOLE WORLD (John 3:16). We love the whole world by not living just for our benefit, but so that others can see our good deeds and glorify our Father who is in heaven (Matt 5:16)
God calls us, through the words of Jesus in his incredible Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5-7, to be Salt and Light! No, that does not mean we are to somehow become Sodium Chloride or a beam of light, but we are to have certain effects on the world! The importance of Salt and Light, even in our day, is to help make things taste better and to make things visible. Jesus is calling us to live in such a way, allowing the World to see things as God intended: good and delightful, instead of tasteless and dim.
With this in mind, we seek to engage our community with the Love of God!