God comes first, behind, and before us as our creator and redeemer. Jesus taught that apart from him we can do nothing! Therefore, we’ll live aware of God’s presence and filled with His Spirit, for we know our deepest longings are only satisfied as we delight in God’s supremacy and rest in his sovereign grace. It’s only in this posture of soul that spiritual renewal and revival are possible (Isa 48:11; Rom 11:33-36; Ps 145:14-16, 139:1-12).
Grace alone makes for level ground among economic, racial, and cultural differences. Some of the greatest injustices in our world today coincide with segregation. Jesus’ disciples were diverse and the early church was multi-ethnic, but our society is increasingly segregated. We’ll seek to reconcile all things in Christ (Matt 10:1-4, 12:42; Rev 7:9-12; Col 3:9-10; Eph 2:1-22; Acts 13:1-3; Gal 2:11-14; 1 Kgs 4:34).
The church must engage culture as servants. The Body of Christ contains rich diversity, yet has radical unity in this — we are servants. Of God. Of one another. And of our city. Therefore, we practice hospitality and generosity, for we have been served to serve, blessed to bless, and called to invest in the welfare of our city and its people. We are sent to be good neighbors, showing love and mercy, and seeking biblical justice for those who cannot seek it for themselves (Amos 5:24; Matt 9:13; Isa 58:6-12; Ps 112:3-9; Luke 4:18-19)
Through Christ we are justified, reconciled to God, adopted into God’s family, and given every spiritual blessing. The presence of Christ — Immanuel — not only changes individuals but also churches, society, and culture at large (1 Cor 15:1-4; Eph 2:4-9; 1 Tim 1:12-17; 1 Pet 2:22-25; Ps 103:1-14; Heb 8:13).
With intention, we’ll seek to make disciples through anything and everything we do. This is the heart of the Great Commission and the engine of gospel transformation. That which is healthy multiplies, and multiplication always starts with one (Matt 28:19-20; 2 Tim 2:1-2; 1 Thess 2:7-12; Matt 10:24-25; John 4).
The church is a people -- not a person who preaches, not a program that runs. We need the strengths of each member of the Body of Christ at the table working together. So we seek to equip saints to do the work of ministry, develop character and competence, and empower leaders to grow into their gifting. Just like the Bible teaches us to (Eph 4:11-13, 1 Cor 12:1-11).