THIS IS WHO WE ARE
WE WANT PEOPLE TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST
Life to the fullest refers to the quality of life you lead not the amount of stuff you have. We believe that God has designed us to live an exciting, creative, and deeply connected kind of life. Life to the fullest begins with following Jesus and we want to celebrate the freedom and excitement that comes through him.
John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”
WE ARE FAMILY
John 1:12-13 “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in His name, he gave the right to become children of God- Children not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will but born of God.”
1 Corinthians 12:25-26 “So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”
WE ARE GENEROUS
God is generous and he created a benevolent universe for us to be a part of. Generosity is not just what we do, it’s the very fabric of the created order. Generous living aligns us with the nature of God and gives us the ability to change the world.
Proverbs 11:24-25 “One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”
Luke 6:38 “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
WE GET OUR HANDS DIRTY
God has called us to actively participate in setting the world to rights. We roll up our sleeves and join him in the reconciliation of all things both in our local community and the world.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sin against them And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”
WE ARE AGENTS OF GOD’S GRACE
Everyone has a unique set of gifts and talents that they can offer the world. God also blesses us with spiritual gifts through baptism that he can use to work through us for the benefit of others. As such we become his agents through which His grace can be distributed. It’s pretty awesome. We were going to give everyone secret code names but we changed our mind…
1 Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
WE BRING HEAVEN TO EARTH
We believe we’ve been called to bring Heaven to Earth. That Heaven is not some far away place in a distant land, the second star to the right and straight on till morning… But rather Heaven can become a present reality based on how we live in the here and now.
Matthew 6:9-10 ” This, then, is how you should pray. “Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven”.
WE ARE A PEOPLE IN PROCESS
You don’t have to be perfect to be here, nobody here is. We understand that life and faith can be messy. We want to acknowledge the mess and help each other walk through it and out of it together.
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this, that we who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform 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.”
WE BRING HOPE TO THE POOR
Poverty is not defined by a lack of material things alone. People can be poor emotionally, relationally, spiritually and financially. We want to meet people where they are, demonstrate the love of God, and introduce people to the life-giving power of Jesus.
Luke 10:8-9 “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.'”
Psalms 82:3-4 “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause if the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from what they have done.”
WE ARE THE FOUNDRY.