A gospel-centered life is a life lived in a gospel-centered community.
We worship a triune God, Who has eternally existed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In identifying the tri-unity of God, we recognize that God is communal. The Godhead has perpetually dwelt in perfect harmony, unity, joy, love and bliss. Bearing the image of God, mankind is called to reflect this reality. In other words, we are called to be a community reflecting the Trinitarian nature of our God.
Public Not Private
Though each Christian has a personal relationship with God, that relationship is not individual or private. The Christian faith is not intended to be lived in isolation. We are made for community. We need a relationship with God and with one another in a local church.
Mutual accountability is a critical component of the Christian life. The local church is not a place that we attend but a people to whom we belong. The Bible calls us members of the body with the expectation that we contribute to the body for the glory of God and the good of His people (1 Corinthians 12:12-31).
What is a gospel-centered community?
A gospel-centered community is a radical call amid a culture of casual church attendance, a consumerism mentality and a “what-is-in-it-for-me” approach to church. The church is a gospel-centered community of baptized believers that are committed to one another through the means of mutual love, care, consistency and authenticity. Where these elements are lacking, we have moved away from gospel-centered community and into the realm of a mere social club. We hope our gospel-centered community would result in gospel-centered connections, gospel-growth and gospel-centered service.
The church is the covenant people of God. Covenant Membership is our process whereby people learn what it means to connect with a church that practices covenant church life together. Therefore, we strive to have only regenerate church members. Our goal is for our Covenant Members to be able to articulate the gospel clearly, to have a life that bears the fruit of repentance, displays a love for God and neighbor, has a hunger for the word of God and strives for humble accountability.
We desire our people who have covenanted with Christ to covenant publicly to do life together as a local church family. Covenant Membership is a corporate affirmation by those in covenant with God to covenant with one another to do covenant life together as we travel through this world to our heavenly home. We practice church discipline through the regular teaching of God’s word, exhortations among our membership and shepherding by the elders.
Diversity in the Local Church
We value diversity in our church body. We hope and pray God builds us into a church that is not only inter-generationally and demographically diverse but also ethnically, culturally, and socio-economically diverse. We know that heaven will be filled with people of all tribes and tongues. Therefore, we hope to be a church body that is reflective of what heaven will be like.
How gospel-centered community is expressed
We hope our gospel-centered community is expressed through our small groups, one-to-one discipleship and a host of other connections within the local body of Christ. Believers are not perfect and our relationships will be messy at times. However, our hope is that the members will be radically committed to one another. This takes time, prayer, effort, patience, love for one another and trust Christ (Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 3:12-13, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31). It takes the gospel of Jesus Christ to transform a community.