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Ministry Philosophy

GO

GOD 1st
OTHERS 2nd

GO: It is out of our love for God that we respond to our community to love our families, friends, and neighborhood. This is not a suggestion for the believer, but a command.  A command that starts FIRST with a desire to love Christ in response to His love that was given to us first, sacrificially and undeserved. SECOND out of our gift of undeserved love we are compelled to sacrifice and serve others. We support a model that holds fast to this distinctive order for all believers.


And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets."                                                    Matthew 22:37

1st

Loving God Well

To love God well is to fully accept the love that God has already graciously lavished on us. It is to embrace His way as higher than our ways. It is to walk in accordance with His precepts. To do this well, is to spend significant time in His presence and significant time in His Word. Our ministry aims to support believers to be more diligent in their submission to Christ, help them build a deeper rooted faith through a growing knowledge of God’s word and foster a vibrant and biblical sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.

“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul"...

                                  Deuteronomy 10:12

2nd

Loving Others Well

God’s beautiful love COMPELLS us to seek first His kingdom on earth by modeling to others what it means to abide in Christ. As imperfect clay molded by the Potter, our lives or vessels should be intentional in being the hands and feet of Christ. We trust the Holy Scripture and Holy Spirit to guide our hands and convict our heart as we do the work of the Lord; not assigning love or action as any man-made, predisposed cultural expectation, political ideology or denominational nuance. Loving others well means living out of obedience to God’s will over man’s earthly desires.  As a church this starts by finding ways to demonstrate sacrificial love and support to the body of believers and organically overflows from the congregation into servant-leadership to our homes, communities, and world especially including those that persecute us for our faith.

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