We exist to glorify God by pointing the affections of all people's to the all-satisfying person of Jesus Christ. God has been so faithful in expanding the impact of His satisfying person in this local body since the church's inception in 2003.
The Lord has matured us as a body and we are anxious to continue spreading the message of his greatness. We pray that through the following ministry commitments Jesus' name will be advanced in the Treasure Valley!
1. Commitment to God and His Word
2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12
The Bible is the truth and the way we know Jesus. Knowing the Bible only has value so long as it leads to Jesus Christ. The Pharisees sought truth as an end in itself but Jesus scolded them severely because they worshiped truth and not the God of the truth. We never want to lose this focus. We want to be hungry students of God's Word because we are hungry to know God himself!
2. Commitment to Worship
Luke 4:8; John 4:24; Hebrews 12:28-29; Acts 2:42; 2 Corinthians 4:6-7
Believers gather to worship and to be equipped and then spread out to evangelize. Our church services are primarily to exalt the name of Jesus, make him look absolutely awesome, and enjoy focusing on and worshiping him. This happens through singing lyrically powerful songs that engage our culture without severing the rich history of those who have gone before us. Singing songs of worship is an important part of giving our affections to Jesus. Preaching is the main way in which we engage the mind that Jesus is in fact all-satisfying. This focus on Christ results in the progressive maturity of His people.
3. Commitment to Proclaiming Jesus as Lord and Savior
Luke 9:23-27; 14:25-33; James 2:14-26; 2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus Christ is both our good Lord and loving Savior. Proclaiming Jesus means proclaiming the distressing lifelessness of an existence without him. Meaning, purpose and identity are hopeless, shallow and unfulfilling apart from him. We were made to find joy in him; the default bent of our heart is to resist, reject, despise and run from him. This puts men under the wrath of God and future judgment. The gospel calls men to repent of their sin and yield to Christ's authority and his good plan for their lives. We desire very much to be salt and light in the treasure valley and to bring this life-giving message of restoration and hope to men and women who are trying to unnaturally find life in all the wrong places.
4. Commitment to Making Disciples Locally and Globally
Matthew 28:16-20; 1 Timothy 1:16
The church should foster disciple-making within its own community through the relational witness of the body but especially (and intentionally) in the world through church planting and missions. Both individually and corporately, we desire to purposefully and aggressively pursue evangelism to the unreached peoples of the world.
5. Commitment to Grace-Motivated Spiritual Growth
Galatians 3:1-3; Romans 11:33-12:2; Philippians 2:12-13; 1 John 1:9
Encountering God's grace has a very unexpected effect. Realizing we are forgiven for all our sin causes us to renounce the sin that needed forgiving. One might reason that if all sin is forgiven and the more liberally one sins, the more liberally grace is dispensed, then why not just continue to sin without regulation Grace never works that way. Knowing Jesus teaches a believer to say "no" to ungodliness, and to hunger for righteousness. While there are many factors in spiritual growth, we believe grace is the most powerful and should be the primary focus.
6. Commitment to Dependent Expectant Prayer
Matthew 7:7-11; 21:13; Acts 1:13-14
Prayer is very much an indicator of our professed dependence. Often we think our doing has power, but the church works in the realm of the spiritual, a realm in which we are powerless. Spiritual change, a thing we deeply desire in ourselves and others, turns out to be an area in which we cannot affect any change whatsoever. For this reason, every aspect of ministry must be saturated with humble surrender and confident intercession. Whether secret or public, whether personal or corporate, prayer needs to be seen as the channel through which power is received.
7. Commitment to Plurality of Servant Leaders
1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; Acts 20:28; I Peter 5:1-3; 2 Timothy 2:2
Multiple qualified elders who respect and value one another, who are humble, who have the ability to self-evaluate and who have a heart for shepherding are asked by God to serve his people and lead the church. The church needs to always be thinking about preparing future leaders who understand the application of truth and who are able to apply it with wisdom to the needs of our culture.
8. Commitment to Authenticity and Small Groups
Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 4:32
Believers must go beyond superficial relationships and see the value of sharing the real heart motives that are driving behavior. This is scary and certainly counter-cultural! We want to create places of safety to share real life failure. But safety is not the end goal. Often times the safety that produces authenticity drifts into the unhelpful culdesac of "misery loves company." The goal of small groups is to be honest about our heart motivations and then selflessly encourage one another toward the source of life, Jesus Christ. Selfless, sacrificial love is the defining mark of Christ's disciples and one of the main ways we can encourage each other toward ultimate and lasting motivations.
9. Commitment to Relevant Youth Ministry
Proverbs 22:6; Deuteronomy 6:6-9
The next generations of leaders will come from today's generation of young people. The church's relevance is directly connected to its ability to reach its young people. We desire a thought-out Sunday school curriculum and a robust youth ministry that helps shape affections from an early age.
10. Commitment to Corporate Ministry
Ephesians 2:10; 4:11-16; James 1:27
Every believer is made for ministry and has a place of service or outreach. Ministry should never be viewed as the job of the "trained professionals". We desire to help people to discover the unique ways in which God has gifted them and empower them to use their gifts to spread the glory of Jesus Christ to the cities of Boise, Meridian, Nampa and the World!