Zeal for the Lord
Proverbs 8:17 says, "I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me." We believe those who seek the Lord will indeed find Him. Our hearts will find their greatest rest when we are walking in obedience to God and His Word. We cultivate intimacy with Christ as we corporately and individually study the Scripture, pray, and fast.
Matthew 16:24 says, "If anyone would come afer me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." Jesus Christ made this profound statement and it is a call to self-denial. As Jesus so clearly exemplified this truth through his work on the cross, we desire to die to self and live for his glory alone. This is where we get the phrase, "my life for yours." Laying down our lives for the good of another.
1 John 4: 9-10 says this, “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation (wrath-bearing substitute) for our sins.” This is at the heart of the gospel and this is at the heart of the Christian faith. God in His great love sent Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son to pay the price that we rightfully deserved because of our sinfulness. God is love. Our desire is to reflect the love of God towards others. Jesus says this, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
What does it mean to be humble? Philippians 2:3-4 says, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vein conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each others." A humble heart recognizes the grace upon grace that has been shown to wicked sinners through the work of Jesus on the cross. Because of His great love for us, we are empowered by the Spirit, to sacrificially serve and love others
One of the primary attributes of God is that He is compassionate. As we look throughout the Old Testament the people of Israel failed to meet the demands of the covenants God made with them. Over and over again they rebelled against the Word of the Lord and did what was right in their own eyes. But God showed great compassion in being slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love despite their sinfulness. Moving to the New Testament we see Jesus showing great compassion towards helpless crowds, a multitude of sick people, and blind men. Because of these examples we seek to empathize and be compassionate towards those within the church and our community.
2 Timothy 1:9 says, "God saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our own works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began." The call to holiness is a vital part of the Christian life; it means to be set apart and growing in obedience to Scripture. J.C. Ryle summarizes
it this way, "Sound protestant and evangelical doctrine is useless if it not accompanied by a holy life."
Who are we?
We are a family of broken people leading broken people to be transformed by the all satisfying Christ.
What is the Church?
The church is the family of God, redeemed by Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit to bear one another's burdens and manifest His love to the world. -D. Lewis
What is the Gospel?
The gospel is the good news about what Jesus Christ has done to reconcile sinners to God. Here’s the whole story:
The one and only God, who is holy, made us in his image to know him (Gen. 1:26-28).
But we sinned and cut ourselves off from him (Gen. 3; Rom. 3:23).
In his great love, God sent his Son Jesus to come as king and rescue his people from their enemies—most significantly their own sin (Ps. 2; Luke 1:67-79).
Jesus established his kingdom by acting as both a mediating priest and a priestly sacrifice—he lived a perfect life and died on the cross, thus fulfilling the law himself and taking on himself the punishment for the sins of many (Mark 10:45; John 1:14; Heb. 7:26; Rom. 3:21-26, 5:12-21); then he rose again from the dead, showing that God accepted his sacrifice and that God’s wrath against us had been exhausted (Acts 2:24, Rom. 4:25).
He now calls us to repent of our sins and trust in Christ alone for our forgiveness (Acts 17:30, John 1:12). If we repent of our sins and trust in Christ, we are born again into a new life, an eternal life with God (John 3:16). - 9 Marks
What is the Vision?
We seek to be a learning and worshiping community of faith that confidently proclaims the truths of the gospel in word and deed. We seek to be prayerful, joyful, and generous in all aspects of life. We seek to glorify God by leading broken people to Jesus Christ and live selflessly for the purpose of furthering the Kingdom of God in Monroe.
We are an OUTPOST of the Kingdom of God until his glorious return.