Anchors are the unshakable faith priorities that secure us to God's preferred vision for our church.
Rooted in biblical truth.
The Bible is God’s truth to all people, regardless of ethnic, social, age, gender, or political labels. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, it is completely relevant to our lives, culture, and world. It is the beautiful narrative of God choosing a people to demonstrate true rescue, love, and grace for the world.
Kingdom-centered in all we do.
Jesus came to spread this good news of the Kingdom of God to the world. He meant that with his own coming to earth, God’s saving rule and reign has come near in a way that’s never happened before in all of human history. He means that God’s promises to establish his kingdom are beginning to be fulfilled and that God will one day usher in a new creation, which has even now been inaugurated through Jesus’ resurrection (Col. 1:18; 2 Cor. 5:17). This new creation will be a place of perfect righteousness and peace, a place in which all wrongs will be made right (Rev. 21:1-5).
Jesus also talked about the kingdom of God being here, and within our reach. People are healed. Lives are transformed. Signs and wonders occur. At other times, Jesus talks about the kingdom as a future reality, as our hope beyond this life. In other words, sometimes people are not healed in the present. Intractable social issues remain. Jobs are lost, hunger continues, and suffering is real.
Our theology of the 'already and not yet of the kingdom' enables us to believe God for miracles, with a theology of the miraculous, and to also trust God when pain is occurring, with a theology of suffering. We believe that both are necessary for a healthy Christian spirituality.
God, the creator of what is known and unknown, is worthy of our worship and devotion. He has given us several ways to honor Him as a community, including singing, musical instruments, media arts, and much more. As we worship together, we experience His presence both intimately and collectively.
While people can accomplish many things in their own human power, it's nothing in comparison to what can be achieved by God leading the way. Our faith community follows the lead of God's spirit to accomplish the impossible. This requires us to constantly listen and submit to His leading in how we love, show compassion, teach, and strategize. The Holy Spirit’s presence assures us of our relationship with Christ, guides us into all truth, and exalts Christ. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts to build up the global Church, and makes us more like Jesus.
a personal follower of Jesus and His teaching
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we have answered God's call to be His bridge to all people; welcoming them into God's family, showing them how to follow Jesus in community, and equipping them to serve. The exciting part of this mission is that everyone participates! We all get to participate in developing each other into the best followers of Jesus we can be.
As Jesus connected with people, he met spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional needs. As followers of Jesus, we want to do the same. God's vision for us is to provide both physical and spiritual food for those in need because he cares for every part of us. We do this through dignity & honor, relationship & partnership, creativity & beauty, and generosity.
'Culturized' without compromise.
The message that anyone could be a part of God's redemptive plan for creation was intended by Jesus to extend from culture to culture and from generation to generation. We believe and proclaim this message of love, that God sent his own Son Who died for our rebellious actions (sin) and lived again to restore humanity to Himself. We will share this great news (gospel) with as many as possible, using our spiritual gifts, creativity, and technology. Our methods and language may change, but our message never will.