Always growing to be more like Jesus, allowing Him to transform our motives, thoughts, and actions.
(Romans 12:1-4; John 15:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
As followers of Jesus, we are “saved by grace”. We recognize that we are separated from God and that there is nothing that we can do to earn our way back to God. It is only through the death and resurrection of Jesus and our acceptance and belief of this reality that resolves this. And yet, there is an amazing life that God calls us into. That we can never experience the incredible joy that comes from following Jesus without learning what this life is all about and entering into it.
Romans 12:2 states: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
We need to believe that there is a way of life that is the best life for us. We need to step into the reality of this life. This is not simply a list of do’s and don’ts, but a transformation of how we think and engage. It isn’t trying to do the “bare minimum” to make God happy with us, but a recognition that the life we are called into is the most amazing life ever.
2 Corinthians 3:18 declares: “So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into his glorious image.”
As beings made in God’s image (Genesis 1), it is that very image that God wants to be reflected through each of us, to be fully exposed, to express the beauty that we were intended to be about. As a church, we are committed to embracing this ongoing change in our lives. We individually want to desire this, and we collectively want to desire this. As this transformation takes place, we are convinced that we will enjoy relationships like no other and that we will be a haven of peace for others to enter into and ultimately experience what we enjoy.