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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And through these trials, God clarifies our vision to see what is truly important. Why is it that the deepest and most heart-felt thanksgiving comes from those who find themselves in the depths of despair and discover the light of God's grace anew in those dark places? They want to get out of there so desperately--but not if they have to lose God's intimate presence they are experiencing there! They are even able to say with Daniel's three friends, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up" (Dan. 3:16-18). Or with Paul, "For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Cor. 12:10)! If our past, including and especially those dark moments of disappointment and pain have led us to Christ, should we not bless the Lord for them, as so many Christians have done over the years? When this happens, we know that the gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to change even our past--not what happened but what it signifies--not by some kind of arbitrary revisionist manipulation of the mind but by bringing our mind to see through the divine perspective--how God has brought us through many dangers, toils, and snares to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.