“We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 ESV
We want to exemplify the weeping prophet (Jeremiah), calling the lost to come home, return to the love of the Father. This man of God was known for the truth he spoke and the Christlike love he displayed for them. Concerned so deeply for their spiritual well being that he was moved to tears for them when sin prevailed and judgement fell.
We are striving as a church to see these three attributes (Faith, Hope, Love) cultivated for the Lord by sound teaching.
How Can We Do This?
For the Individual
Cultivating Faith by sound teaching and by discipleship/apprenticeship.
Cultivating Love by our collective efforts for more cohesive and substantial spiritual growth. Connecting as family.
Cultivating Hope by providing opportunities through serving for each person to see God work miracles in theirs, and others lives.
For the Church
Growing Faith in the church by presenting obedience to Gods commands to be known by our love and to go out and make disciples
Growing Love in the church by building community and providing opportunity for the acts model of ministry to be cultivated within the body.
Growing Hope in the church by celebrating Gods miracles of salvation and graciousness with one another and from the pulpit.
For the Community
Restoring Faith in the community by regularly seeking out the overlooked (saved but abandoned) and ministering to the lost.
Restoring Love in the community by being part of it enough to weep when weeping is necessary and to celebrate as celebration is necessary.
Restoring Hope by being present enough to remind the lost and forsaken that that there is a God who desires them and is willing and wanting to save them from the world they live in now. Restoring their hope in God and the church by being the tangible hands and feet of Christ where they are.