In our culture’s constant press for innovation and new information, we face an insidious temptation to replace a focus on Jesus with spiritual busy-ness that tickles our ears and clutters our calendars. While there is much to be learned from the backstory of the Old Testament and the exploits of the early church, their highest value lies in helping us better understand who Jesus is and what he wants from us. To “know Jesus and make him known” provides a simple framework for our lives as disciples and our activity as a church.
Knowing Jesus transforms us as we pray, study the word, worship and live in community with his people. We learn to see him clearly, distinguish his voice and reflect his character.
As we are transformed, we are led to make Jesus known. While there are ample opportunities to make the love of Jesus known among the faith community, our calling to make him known to the lost and broken requires that we go. It may be across the street, across town, across borders or across oceans. But when we go, we become the hands and feet of Jesus to those who need to experience his transforming love.
Making him known takes many forms. It starts with prayer – to soften our hearts and intercede for others. We fulfill the mission of Jesus when we tell others the good news about salvation. We demonstrate the love of Jesus when our generosity (of time, talent and resources) helps us care for others. We embody the example of Jesus when we leave our homes to go into places of need. We express the heart of Jesus when we seek justice for the oppressed.
So we focus on two vital questions:
What are you doing to know Jesus better?
What are you doing to make him known?
We believe there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death on
the cross to provide for our redemption, bodily resurrection, and ascension into heaven,
present ministry of intercession for us, and His return to earth in power and glory.
We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, that He performs the miracle
of the new birth in unbelievers and indwells believers, that He bestows gifts to every
believer and empowers us to live godly lives.
We believe that the Bible is God’s written revelation to man, and that it is verbally
inspired, authoritative, and without error in the original manuscripts.
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but because of sin, was
alienated from God. Only through faith, trusting in Christ alone for salvation which was
made possible by His death and resurrection, can that alienation be removed.
We believe that all people were created to exist eternally and will spend eternity either
in the presence of God in Heaven or bereft of that presence in hell.
We believe that once salvation is given it will not be revoked, as it was given and is
maintained by the grace of God and not through the works (or lack thereof) of the