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Who We Are: We’re a Church That’s Going to Grow

[Today, we continue the series about “Who We Are.”]
 
When a person is committed to Jesus, he/she will focus on a personal walk with Him, worship of Him and work for Him. Faith will grow and this person will be transformed into His image “from one degree of glory to another” (2 Cor. 3:18). When this happens in a body of believers, we are like living stones, “being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood” (1 Peter 2:5). That’s why:
 
We’re a church that’s needed. We’re a church that’s going to grow. We’re a church that’s not going to settle for mediocre experiences and status quo Christianity.
 
Of course, we’re not the ONLY church that’s needed. In this broken, weary world, all churches that offer unapologetic preaching of God’s word, unashamed worship, unceasing prayer, and unafraid witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ are needed.
 
We are believing God for growth, knowing that “unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain” (Ps. 127:1). Christianity is not the “same old, same old.” We don’t want to plateau in the faith. We want to go deeper, understand more fully, use our gifts, and continue to mine the depths of our salvation in Christ and what it means to walk faithfully before Him – individually, and collectively. This is both our high calling, and our joy.
 
Father, help us to be a church that’s needed, that’s growing, and that hungers for more than mediocre and status quo, so we can exalt Your Name and see Your glory magnified in the world.

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Who We Are: We’re FOR Spirit-filled Influence

[Today, we continue the series about “Who We Are.”]
 
Who has your ear? Who influences you? After teaching, Jesus said “He who has ears to hear, let him hear” (Luke 8:8). There’s only one voice of truth, and it’s Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit always points to Him (John 16:14, Rev. 19:10). That’s why:
 
We’re FOR Spirit-filled influence that will change the world.
 
Not just any influential spirit, but the Holy Spirit. False spirits can be quite convincing. “… do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).
 
We believe in the total deity of the Holy Spirit and that His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit regenerates the sinner upon belief in Christ, baptizing this believer into one body of which Christ is the head. The Holy Spirit indwells, guides, instructs, fills, comforts and empowers the believer for godly living (Mark 13:11, John 14:26, John 16:13, Romans 5:5, 1 Cor. 3:16). He convicts the world of sin, of God’s righteousness and of coming judgment (John 16:8-11).
 
We want to fill up on the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:52) and walk by Him (Gal. 5:16). The gospel goes out with power (Rom 1:16) when the Holy Spirit is behind it, and it WILL change the world. Father, help us to be FOR Spirit-filled influence, so we can exalt Your Name and see Your glory magnified in the world.

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