How will we create a church that the unchurched love coming to?
We will have approachable and relevant teachings from the Bible that you can apply to your life today.
We will bend-over backwards for guests. They are not a nuisance. Jesus is the main point, and we will make reaching those far from God the focus of our mission.
This will be a safe place for people to explore Christianity. You don’t have to have all the answers. You don’t have to have any of the answers. You won’t be singled out for being new. Someone exploring faith is not looked down upon for being late to the game. Rather, this person will be celebrated.
We will create environments that are disarming to new people. There will be refreshments. There will be smiling and inviting faces. Honesty, not superficiality, will be encouraged. Our environments will scream, “We’re glad you’re here;” not, “You must conform, then you’ll be accepted.”
People are invited to wear clothes they feel comfortable in.
We will be intentional at using language that is easily understood. We will make sure that the methods we use to teach are as easy as possible to understand and apply.
We will have contemporary music. When people come, we want them to think, “Wow. This is awesome music. This is the kind of music I would like listening to when I’m in the car.”
Graceful & Truthful
We will be a church that like Jesus did not lean towards only grace, or only truth. We aren’t even trying to find the perfect balance of grace and truth. Instead we will seek to be completely truthful, and completely graceful.
As a church body, we will remember the fact that there are people who are far from God. We will remember that these people are our neighbors, coworkers, friends and family. We will build a culture that champions and celebrates inviting these people to our church.
We will seek to be our neighbor’s best neighbor.
We will be a generous church. We will leverage the temporary for the sake of the eternal. We will be generous in big things and in small things. We will be generous in partnering with organizations in Huntsville. We will be generous in serving our community. We will give every first time guest a free gift that they will actually want to use. We will always have Bibles people can have for free. We will give away free coffee. From the biggest thing to the smallest we want to exude generosity.
We will love Huntsville. We will be a church that if it ever disappeared, our community will be genuinely sad; even the community that does not yet know Jesus.
We believe the Bible to be completely true and authoritative in all areas of faith and practice. It is God-inspired and a source of strength, direction, and wisdom for those who apply it to their lives. (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe in one God, who unconditionally loves all people, regardless of their race, gender, or nationality. He eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is fully and completely God, sharing all of the divine attributes in a perfect loving community. (Matthew 28:19; John 1:14; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6)
We believe Jesus Christ is the perfect revelation of God to humankind. He is fully God and fully man. After voluntarily coming to earth and living a sinless life, He died on the cross as the substitute for humanity’s sin. His resurrection from the grave affirms His victory over sin and death. (Matthew 1:18-2:12; John 1:1-18; Romans 3:21-26; 1 Corinthians 12; Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:15-23; Hebrews 1:1-13; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 1:1-2:2)
We believe God created humans, both male and female, in His perfect image. Because of our rebellion, we were all separated from God. However, we can all be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:26-31; Romans 3:10-18; Ephesians 2:1-3)
We believe that all who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Lord and Savior will receive the forgiveness of sins and the free gift of eternal life. True peace and fulfillment in life are only found in a relationship with Jesus. (John 3:16, 6:35-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:28-39; Philippians 1:6; 2 Timothy 2:13; 1 Peter 1:3-9; 1 John 5:11-13)
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who indwells the followers of Jesus at the point of salvation. He also equips them with spiritual gifts for serving others, and guides them in the journey to become like Christ as they relinquish control of their lives. (John 14:15-26; Acts 2:1-33; Romans 8:1-27; Galatians 5:16-23; 1 John 2:20-27)