Our Vision (How we do it)
The way we pursue our mission as a church is by having a vision to do three cardinal things:
We want to be a community of the body of Christ that is most excited about one thing; the gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that loving Christ is to be pursued in every facet of our lives—with our time, work, money, and more—as we consider the all-encompassing implications of the gospel. Corporately we grow this love for Christ through gathering as a church as we worship the Lord by remembering the gospel through preaching, teaching, singing, praying and celebrating the sacraments of baptism and the holy Eucharist (1 Corinthians 10:31, Psalm 145:1-21, Isaiah 43:6-7, Colossians 3:1-17). Loving Christ is a three in one act, because in Christ, God the Father is fully revealed (John 14:9) and the Holy Spirit is the person that does the work (John 14:26). Our desire is that the Holy Spirit of God would so fill us with love for the Son of God, that the Father God would be glorified in our hearts and through our lives.
Love Each Other
Truly loving each other is a radical call in a church culture of mere Sunday morning attendance and casual involvement. It involves mutual care, consistency and authenticity as we seek to worship God and encourage the work of Christ in our lives. Though each Christian has a personal relationship with God, we believe the Bible teaches that our relationship with God is meant to be fleshed out in family, the church as we fellowship together. The Bible calls us members of the body (1 Corinthians 12:12-31) with the expectation that we contribute to the body for the glory of God and the good of His people, serving each other in words and especially through our actions.
Love Our Town
Loving Christ and loving each other leads us to reach out in love to those in our immediate vicinity. As people who live in Nibo, we are committed to loving our town in word and deed. With our words we we proclaim the Gospel, that people might hear and put their faith in Jesus (Romans 10:13-15) With our deeds we want to display the radical love that God has for the town and the world at large – the love that made him send his only begotten son, so that people might see our good works and give glory to God (Matthew 5:16). By saying that we love our town, we aren’t trying to be exclusive. We believe that if we allow God’s love for our town to be our love for our town, then God can take those small steps of faithfulness and use them to turn us into a multiplying community that will spread beyond our city to wherever God leads.