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We lift up Jesus Christ in our lives together and individually to express our love for God.
"Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment." –Matthew 22:37-38
“I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.” –Psalms 69:30
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name." –Psalms 100:1-4
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.” –Hebrews 12:28
We bring people together to provide suppport, love, care, and encouragement for each other.
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” –Matthew 22:39
“…so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. … Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” –Romans 12:5, 10
“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” –John 13:35
“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” –1 Corinthians 12:26-27
We help people to grow in Biblical knowledge and understanding, to grow spiritually by developing convictions and skills, which all work together to produce Christ like character.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom,…” –Colossians 3:16a
“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” –Proverbs 2:1-6
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” –Matthew 7:24
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” –Romans 12:2
We give people the training and tools to serve others in love with their God-given talents and gifts.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” –2 Timothy 3:16-17
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” –Ephesians 2:10
“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” –Ephesians 4:11-13
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” –1 Peter 4:8-10
We provide people with training and opportunities to communicate the gospel locally and around the world.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” –Matthew 28:19-20
“He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” –Mark 16:15
“Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” –John 20:21
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” –2 Corinthians 5:20