WHO WE HOPE TO BE
Unified in our Proclamation that Jesus is Lord.
We are a gathering of believers who proclaims Jesus Christ as our Lord. We strive to be unified in this proclamation and embrace each other and our differences with the Gospel of Jesus shaping us. This is why we can be from many different backgrounds, ethnicities, socio-economic statuses, and still be unified in Christ.
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock (proclamation that Jesus is Lord) I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.Matthew 16:18, parenthesis added
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.Galatians 3:28
Unified in Prayer and Communion
In our unity as believers, we are unified in prayer and communion. A constant reminder that we are one, that we partake weekly in remembering who Jesus is, what he’s done, and what he will do. We pray as one, as people who know God and pray for his will.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.Acts 2:42
And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.Acts 4:31
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.1 Corinthians 11:26
Unified in Authentic Family
When it comes to a gospel-centered community of believers, the idea of the family cannot be ignored. In the Gospels, Jesus uses family terms to describe God (father), to describe his followers (brothers and sisters), and then Paul describes the church as a family. In our unity, we desire authentic family, where we can share our struggles in light of the love and grace we receive from Christ, our Savior and Lord. We confess our sins to one another. We believe that as a church, we must be unified to survive. We all have a part to play, no one sits on the sidelines. We show each other love and grace as we strive to be like Christ and carry each other along when needed. We may not always get along, much like a family, but we continually care for one another.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.Hebrews 10:24-25
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,Romans 15:5
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.James 5:13-16