Wholehearted Life in Jesus
Who We Are
OUR CORE VALUES
Because God has revealed Himself through the written Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and the Living Word (John 1:1-4;14) we place the Bible and Jesus at the center of all we are, and everything we do (Colossians 1:15-20).
Because we cannot do anything apart from Jesus (John 15:4-5) and He has given us His Spirit who empowers us to fulfill His mission (Acts 1:8), we will depend wholly on the Spirit to do in and through us “greater works” than He did (John 14:12).
Because God Himself exists in eternal relationship (2 Corinthians 13:14) and made us in His image (Genesis 1:27) we refuse to “go it alone” in life or leadership, but rather, we “go together”, pursuing relationships marked by kindhearted humility and mutual dependence (Colossians 3:12-17).
Because our sinful tendency is to “hide” what is true about us (Genesis 3:7-8), and because Jesus condemned hypocrisy in the strongest terms (Matthew 23:25-28), we choose to “take off the mask” and rest in our true identity in Christ, being honest about the struggles and joys in the life of faith (Psalm 119:174-176).
Not About Ourselves
Because we were made for God’s glory and not our own (Isaiah 43:7), and because Jesus most fully glorified God in His own service and sacrifice (Mark 10:30), we will live for God’s glory and the good of others (Acts 20:24).
What We Do
We exist to glorify God and make disciples by helping people find wholehearted life in Jesus.
The Problem of a Divided Heart
In the Bible, the word heart is used to describe the core, or control center, of a person. The heart includes your thoughts, emotions, desires, and choices. While made to function as an integrated and connected whole, in humanity’s fall, our hearts became fragmented, disintegrated, separated and divided. As a result, all of our relationships are marked by brokenness – our relationship with God, with other people, with creation, and even with ourselves. (Genesis 1-3)
What It Looks Like
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What is Wholehearted Life in Jesus?
Wholehearted life in Jesus is the lifelong process of our thoughts, emotions, desires, and choices uniting through the cross to find our deepest longings and greatest hopes satisfied in Jesus alone (Psalm 86:11). This kind of life is expressed through the following four characteristics:
As God makes Himself known to us through the written and Living Word, we are continually transformed by replacing the lies we believe with the truth He reveals.
As our inner being is made whole through faith in Jesus, and through the continual integration of thoughts, emotions, desires and choices, we begin to relate to God, others and ourselves with our whole hearts, leading to health in relationships
As we turn from the things of this world and turn to Jesus to satisfy our desires, we discover that what we long for most deeply is most fully satisfied in Him.
As God speaks to us, we hear and we act – living out what we believe through immediate and tangible steps of obedience.
How We Grow
OUR DISCIPLESHIP PATHWAY
Our Discipleship Pathway is the simplest expression of how we grow as wholehearted disciples of Jesus. Your Church and Your Group are the two essential venues we engage: we gather weekly to worship and in small groups to grow. Your Walk and Your World are the two personal commitments we make: a daily walk with God that includes Bible reading and prayer, and choosing daily to love and serve where we live, work and play. The arrow moving out from Your World represents our conviction that finding wholehearted life means giving that life away by helping others also find wholehearted life in Jesus.