The simple vision for this church is that it would be an authentic community of believers who desire to live in gospel community as the Body of Christ and family of God while being missionaries to Bend and to reach the not yet saved. This community would desire to be characterized by the following values:
God’s Glory not Ours:
Jesus is our Savior, Master, and lead Shepherd. It is for His Glory that we exist and it is for His glory that the Church Exists. We desire to make HIS name famous and to proclaim the glorious gospel that reveals HIS truth
Word driven not Fad Chasing:
Because God’s Word is the ultimate authority and completely sufficient for all matters of faith and practice, Scripture (and Scripture alone) is to dictate how we live our lives and guide our ministry (2 Pet. 1:3; 2 Tim. 3:16-17). In our current post modern culture that exists without absolutes, the church, and its leaders, must have the bedrock of Scripture as their one and only measuring device for all things. That is why we are committed to expository preaching and the proclamation of the full counsel of God’s Word to mankind.
Family not Consumers:
The church is not a location you go to, it is a family that you belong to if God is your heavenly Father. Eph. 2:19 says, So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. 20 Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. (NLT) For us to be the church that God truly desired for us to be we must realize we are covenant family committed to each other through good and bad and not consumers looking for a “spiritual product.” As a family we serve one another as Christ has served us.
Body Not Professionals:
The church is not a just a building, it is a body of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 12:27 says, “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” As the Body of Christ we are all of equal value and importance and are interconnected through the work of Jesus Christ. We live in community as the Body and when one member suffers, we all suffer. And when one member is honored, we all are honored (1 Cor. 12:12-26). As a Body we use the gifts that God has given us to benefit the whole body, serving one another.
Gospel centered not Fear centered:
The gospel is the glorious story of God redeeming mankind through the sacrifice of his beloved Son, Jesus Christ. The gospel is the focus of all of Scripture and must be the center of all teaching of Scripture. The wondrous balance of grace and truth demonstrated by Jesus Christ and found in the gospel must be the goal of a church desiring to stay gospel centered. The gospel is best demonstrated to the world around us as we love and serve people through the Spirit of God.
Never too big to not be small:
It seems like the trend these days is to be a “Mega Church.” Somehow churches have adopted the idea that “bigger is better.” Our desire is that no matter how “big” we get, people would not get lost in the crowd, and that we would always feel small because people would be living in community where they would be known, cared for, and encouraged in their faith.
Warfare not theater:
Church today sometimes feels more like a theatrical production then the family of God gathered to encourage each other to “Fight the good Fight” We understand that the Christian life is a battle where we fight against an enemy that hates to lose. We gather together as the Body of Christ to encourage each other in the battle, to pray for each other in the battle, and to help rescue people from the enemies of sin, Satan, and death. We gather to celebrate the ultimate victor in the Battle: our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Maturity not Size:
The focus of the church is “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ,” (Col. 1:28). Maturity comes through repentance and discipleship, and is never easy.
Service not Consumption:
Many people are looking for a church that will be able to meet their needs. We desire to be a church that helps people ask, “How can I serve the body of Christ with the gifts I have been given?” We believe each person has been given special gifts and that those gifts are intended for the building up of God’s church (1 Cor. 12).
Simplicity not Busyness:
We desire to be a church where our activities do not determine our priorities, but rather our priorities determine our activities. Loving and discipling our families, reaching the lost, maturing in Christ… These things rarely occur during activities at a church and more often happen when the Body of Christ is “being the church.” We desire our calendar to reflect that.
How will it affect the surrounding culture as the Gospel redeems it?
The Name of Christ will be honored, the Glory of God will be displayed, the true gospel of Jesus Christ will be clearly lived out and presented for people to accept or reject.