Leading families to live gospel-centered lives UP towards God, IN towards the church, and OUT towards the world
Leading: We desire to lead families by example in living gospel-centered lives UP, IN, and OUT, and by teaching and serving families to be and do the same.
Families: Our ministry is aimed towards younger families. Some families are Christians and some are not. Some parents disciple their children, and some parents do not. We desire to help all families take steps to live gospel-centered lives UP, IN, and OUT.
Live gospel-centered lives: The Bible’s core is the gospel (1 Cor. 15:3-4). The gospel is for non-Christians and Christians. God created us to live in relationships, and through the gospel, we have a new posture in relationships and direction in how we live. Therefore, how we live our lives and lead others must be founded and filtered through the gospel according to the Bible.
UP towards God: Our #1 relationship is with God. Through the gospel, we are saved from the penalty of our sins but also saved to live for Him (Rom. 6:23; 2 Cor. 5:15). We must love Him and follow Him (Matt. 22:36-38; John 14:15). In order to live UP towards God, we strive to spend time with Him through reading the Bible and praying.
IN towards the church: Through the gospel, we now have a new family: the church (1 Cor. 12). If we love God, we will love each other (1 John 4:19-21). God’s design is for us to spend time together with this family to live UP, IN, and OUT (Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:24-25). Therefore, we strive to gather regularly at our worship services and gather regularly with a smaller group of believers to help each other to live UP, IN, and OUT.
OUT towards the world: Because God has rescued us through the gospel, we also have a responsibility to reach out to those who have not turned and trusted in Jesus and to help them follow Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17-20; Matt. 28:18-20). Therefore, we strive to do this with non-Christians. This could be a family member, neighbor, co-worker, someone who attends church, or even a stranger. The key is spend time reaching out to others in love.