By God’s grace and for his glory, we seek to cultivate personal transformation, an uncommon fellowship, and the flourishing of our neighbors in Christ.
We believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to profoundly transform every human life. When his grace takes hold of our hearts, he transforms us from selfish people into loving people, from cynical people into hopeful people, from greedy people into generous people, and so much more! We desire to see the people of our city come into contact with this life changing grace. To that end we seek to share the gospel with those who do not yet believe, and to create a space where doubters, skeptics and seekers are free and safe to bring their questions and explore the Christian faith. We seek to help all of our people grow up into maturity in Christ through teaching, worship, and helping them to commune with God through Scripture reading and prayer each day.
An Uncommon Fellowship
In our world, most people tend to cluster with those who look, live and think like them. This leads to a fragmentation of the human community, and increasing polarization and prejudice. We believe that the church is called to transcend this by becoming an uncommon fellowship made up of people of different races, socio-economic groups, cultures, and political views. We desire to be a cross-cultural and multi-ethnic church where the reconciling power of the Gospel creates a new kind of family. We believe that this kind of reconciled community is a compelling and beautiful witness to the reconciling power of the gospel in a divided world.
The Flourishing of our Neighbors in Christ
We believe that the church does not exist for itself, but for its neighbors.So we seek not only our own health and wholeness in Christ, but our neighbors’ as well. We desire to see our neighborhoods and our city renewed spiritually, culturally and socially. We believe that the church is God’s agent for the holistic transformation of our community. We want to be good news for our neighbors as we generously give of our lives, our time, our abilities and our resources for the common good.
We are joined together with the other churches of our Christ Church family of churches in a common mission.
Our mission is to seek the renewal of all things in Jesus Christ, by cultivating a Gospel-centered community that multiplies churches and develops partnerships in Jacksonville and around the world.
Because this mission calls us to multiply churches in Jacksonville, we are committed to the continual planting of new churches that share in this mission and are shaped by a common set of core values.
We aren’t into scorekeeping, earning points, or balancing the books with God. Grace liberates by putting us into right relationship with God because of what Jesus has done for us, not what we do for him. Our security lies in the status God gives us in his Son, not a status we gain through our performance.
God loves us the way we are, but too much to leave us that way. Grace not only puts us into right relationship with God, but also frees us from sin’s control, giving us real hope for real change. Alive in Christ, the Spirit doesn’t settle for cosmetic change, but renews us inside and out.
Everybody worships something, seeking to satisfy the deepest longings of the heart. Unfortunately, the things we serve, like money, relationships or appearance don’t deliver. In Christ, God captures our wayward hearts and satisfies them in Himself. We gather each week to redirect our desires as we commune with God together.
God made us not only for himself, but also for each other. We accept one another ignoring common boundaries like race, age or class because God has accepted us in Christ. Within this community Jesus turns selfish, isolated individuals into a family that seeks to love one another, share life together, and embody God’s Kingdom.
God loves our city. Given this, we move towards our neighbor in sacrificial love, denying the fear, arrogance and indifference that keep us at a safe distance. We seek to proclaim his love in word and deed by caring for the vulnerable, serving others in our vocations and planting neighborhood churches for the renewal of our city and world.
The church is not a passive crowd of consumers, but an active body of servants. We seek to equip our members, uniquely gifted by God, to serve in our church, at home, and in our workplaces. By equipping God’s servants we multiply the gospel’s impact in Jacksonville and around the world.
We cannot do this alone. Our commitment to the renewal of all things requires strategic partnerships that extend our reach into the world’s many broken places. We labor alongside others in joyful expectation of the coming Kingdom of God.
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