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 there is more to our union with Christ. It is not just in the virtue or authority of Christ that we enjoy every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. This is a legal union of sorts. We have many examples of this type of union in life. It is also a mystical union. It is also an organic union. What does all this say about how we receive all the elements of ordo salutis in Christ? We said “in Christ” means “in the authority and virtue of Christ.” We now see that this is not just His divine authority we are speaking of. It is also His authority and virtue that comes from His work and experience. Our Savior went through all the elements of the order of salvation Himself. Let’s see what this means:
Our calling is in Christ because He was called as our covenant Representative and Substitute.
Our regeneration is in Christ because Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit as the Second Adam to start a new race of people who are born of the Spirit.
Our conversion is in Christ. Conversion consists of faith and repentance. It’s for sinners to turn away from the path of rebellion toward the path of obedience and righteousness. Jesus obviously didn’t need to be converted. But He submitted Himself to John’s baptism, which was a baptism of repentance! Thus He united Himself with us and identified Himself with our condition. And as our Champion, He turned the direction of our life from the path of rebellion and destruction toward the path of righteousness and life He did this so we can turn around in His “conversion”—obviously, not from His own sinful life, but from our sinful life as our Substitute.
Our justification is in Christ because Jesus was justified by His life of perfect righteousness and imputes (or, gives the credit of) His righteousness to us.
Our adoption is in Christ because Jesus was “adopted” as God’s Redeemer-Son by His resurrection in addition to being God’s Creator-Son.
Our sanctification is in Christ because Jesus canceled the debt of sin by His death and gives (or imparts) the power of His righteousness to us so we can overcome sin and conform to His image more and more.
Our glorification is in Christ because He is our Head and we are glorified as His body.