Ours is a congregation, which desires to reflect the preeminence of Christ in all things through the power of the Holy Spirit unto the glory of God the Father.
So we preach Christ crucified in all of Scriptures as the only Redeemer of the world, able to forgive us of our sins, no matter how big or many; able to transform us, no matter how broken or vile; able to unite us, no matter how diverse our backgrounds; and able to give us true joy and peace, no matter what our circumstances may be.
We believe that our mission is impossible apart from the life-giving, life-transforming power of the Holy Spirit, which is made available to us through prayer.
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But if even that were not enough, what should the Israelites have done? What did God want? You see, God did not point out Israel's inability as a tyrannical moral Police. He did it as the divine Physician. He pronounced His diagnosis of our sickness in order to treat us and make us whole with His healing touch. We said earlier that the self-help religions of the world cannot imagine how good and gracious God is--how patient God is not to punish sinners according to what they deserve. They can never imagine what distance God is willing to go and what price He is willing to pay to show His love for His people--as He did in fact in sending His Son Jesus Christ for our salvation! Joshua's blunt words to his fellow Hebrews pointed out a simple truth that may be unsettling but true nonetheless: we cannot save ourselves so we need God's appointed Savior. We need a Savior to do what we cannot do. He must fight the battle and defeat sin and Satan for us: He must serve the Lord in perfect obedience and unswerving loyalty on our behalf; and He must suffer and lay down His life to pay the penalty of our sin for us. And that is exactly what Jesus Christ the Son of God did for us as our wonderful Savior!