Our Vision and Values

To redeem broken narratives in the greater narrative of the Gospel story.

“I had always,” wrote G. K. Chesterton, “felt life first as a story, and if there is a story, there is a story-teller.” We are all carefully placed in a larger story than our own. It’s only when we hear the voice of the story-teller that we learn to find our place in the larger narrative. Our vision is to redeem broken narratives in the greater narrative of the gospel.

We live in a disenchanted world — a modern world many deem to be absent of the sacred. This absence we observe in the hollowness of our wonder that’s been replaced with an eye of skepticism. But in the words of Wendell Berry, there are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places. For every soul — skeptical or filled with wonder — is made in the image of the God of sacred wonder. Our aim is to offer spaces for sacred friendships and bonds. For all of us bring stories filled with fractures, wounds, regrets, mistakes, and misplaced trust. But we know of a story that covers over missed opportunities and gaping holes. Our deep desire is to bring to convergence broken narratives with this greater and sacred story of the gospel.

As author Sally Lloyd-Jones writes, the gospel “is an adventure story where the Hero comes from a far country to win back his treasure. A love story where a Brave Prince leaves his palace, his throne — everything — to rescue the one he loves. ... [A]nd it takes the whole Bible to tell this Story.” Only a story so drastic and radical has the power to guide the journey of the traveler whose feet have been shaped by the contours of this disenchanted world. The celestial city may seem too distant, as the weight of days meet us in heavy dread.

But that distant traveler from a far country comes to meet us in our stumbling and weariness. As he’s examined each footstep of our journey, he invites us to observe his journey up a hill on a dark Friday afternoon. For the central promise of God’s story is that he is with us. He’s with us in our moments turned patterns of brokenness and hurts, and we’re with him in his story of upside down victory and hope. This convergence takes what the Bible calls faith. And while some call it a leap into the dark, we’d like to say it’s a leap into the light. For there was only one who truly leapt into the dark, and yet the darkness did not overcome him.

We are a mixture of puzzle pieces finding our placement in the mess of everyday reality. But we trust that Jesus is with us in our navigating, and this navigation occurs through the weekly re-telling of his story — for forgiveness, acceptance, transformation, and renewal. Everybody needs a redemption story, and it starts with the acknowledgement that we are not the solution to our own problems. Yet, we know the one who is, and it’s his story we continue to tell. G. K. Chesterton writes: “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” Each week, we tell the story of the great dragon slayer who defeated the ancient dragon once and for all.

Our values describe how we behave as a community animated by the power of the Gospel.

01. GOSPEL CENTRALITY

02. CULTURE OF REPENTANCE

Our conviction is the centrality of the gospel in all of Scripture contained in the Old and New Testaments (Lk 24:27). Our commitment is to be grace-driven and not works-driven or shame-driven, for our belief is that there is power in the gospel of Jesus (1 Cor 1:18).
Our desire is to be a church that expresses our deepest need for Jesus and the gospel of his grace regularly. As we live in the reality of his grace, our hope is that we would grow together through regularly looking upon the nail-pierced hands of Jesus bringing about healing and restoration for our sin-stained hands.

03. ROOTED DISCIPLESHIP

04. GOSPEL TRANSFORMATION

The question is not if we are being discipled but who or what we’re being discipled by. Our commitment is to be rooted and grounded in the Scriptures that teach us the greater narrative that empowers us to live in true gospel counterculture.
True gospel transformation occurs not with our efforts for betterment but in receiving God’s grace for renewal and restoration (Rom. 12:1-2). As we speak and engage in gospel fluency, it’s our commitment to engage together in gospel transformation for our personal renewal and the spiritual renewal of our communities, neighborhoods, and city.