We get it. There is a lot of confusion, inconsistency and hurt associated with church. Church history is full of the damaging effects of religion. What began as a beautiful expression of community, grace, and faith can often times act like the complete opposite. Jesus intended for His Church to function like a community. The reason Jesus came is the reason we exist.
We will not offer people empty religion, but a fulfilling experience with Jesus.
We will not exclude anyone, but give of ourselves to provide a safe place to ask questions, be in process and become more like Jesus.
We will not turn away from the brokenness in ourselves or in this world, but bring the sacrificial love and healing message of Jesus to it.
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What affect would that have on religion, culture and life? Well we believe God has done just that, and it serves as the foundation for all that we teach and believe. We realize it's a big world out there, and there are many beliefs religously and otherwise, but if God has personally revealed Himself wouldn't it make sense to allow Him the right to define Himself? Wouldn't it make sense to take the time to get to know Him and listen to what He has to say?
We believe that Jesus is God. He actually and personally introduced Himself to humanity so we would know who God is and what He was like. Jesus' message reveals what He intends for humanity, why the world is full of pain, and explains why suffering and separation from God exists. Jesus' life and message is recorded in what we call the Bible. Christians refer to this collective message as the Gospel, which means good news.
The good news is that even though humanity rejects what God intends and creates their own verion of god and morals, Jesus chooses to love us and offer the way for us to be forgiven and restored. His death on the cross shows us that the pain we have expereinced and the pain we have caused others is not trite. His offer of forgiveness and resortation is not based on us trying to make it right or fix ourselves. It is based on us turning to Jesus, trusting Him to define what's good, and allowing Him to change our hearts and restore His character in our lives. He even invites us to help restore others.