"Work for the good of the cities where I have sent you to and pray to the Lord for this. For if it is well with the city you live in, it will be well with you." (Jeremiah 29:7)
Bringing the goodness of Jesus to our homes, our cities and our world.
Homes...cities...the world. What do they all have in common? People. It all comes down to people! People matter deeply to God, so they matter to us! Jesus said that the entire Bible (and all of life) could basically be summed up in two simple phrases: Love God; Love people. That's it!
It's all about relationship---an intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ that overflows into authentic, loving relationships with people. That will impact homes. Homes impact cities. Cities impact the world! It's a big job, but it's profoundly simple!
How do we define success in our mission?
We know when we've hit a home run and are succeeding in our mission when people are actively pursuing what we like to call the THREE VITAL RELATIONSHIPS:
? Intimacy with God
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." Mark 12:30
? Community with one another
". . . we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love." Ephesians 4:15-16
? Impact on the world
" . . . let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16
When a person is growing in all three of these relationships simultaneously, we are winning as a team! This is the basic picture of a growing, devoted follower of Jesus. These are the three vital relationships we passionately pursue!