United to Christ, pardoned and at peace with God through him, we immerse ourselves in Scripture seeking to make wise connections to life’s sometimes stark realities. We launched Hope Counseling Services in 2017 to help make these connections in some of life’s darkest moments. We pour lots of resources into our children’s Christian education, knowing the immense importance of training a child’s heart while they are young. We take global missions seriously, seeking to plant churches around the world. We encourage thoughtful, compassionate, and theologically robust life-on-life discipleship.
We want to emphasize the present grace of God, abiding in Christ and walking in step with the Spirit.Scripture indicates that this new birth involves pain and sacrifice--it’s not something that can happen to us without a significant disturbance. In Christ we train ourselves for godliness and love people who are very different from ourselves (Phil 2:1-9).
It runs counter to the Gospel to structure a church to make the influential, rich, or proud feel at home. It runs exactly in line with the Gospel that the weak, poor, and humble should feel at home
(Matt5:3; 1 Pet 5:5-6) .
Whenever the church has been a comfortable place for the powerful, rich, and proud, it has drifted away from being the church. So we come needy, trusting in Christ alone as he is offered in the gospel.The central work of a worship service is that of the people hearing God's word, digesting it, and applying it. The work of a biblical worship service is bringing every thought, intention and choice captive to obedience to Christ (2 Cor 10:5). In our entertainment-intoxicated culture, this is a real challenge.