Our Vision and How We Do It
We pursue our mission together by having a vision to do three simple things:
We want to be a community that is most excited about one thing: the gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that loving Christ is to be pursued in every facet of our lives—with our time, work, money, and more—as we consider the all-encompassing implications of the gospel. Corporately we nurture this love for Christ by gathering as a church to worship Jesus by remembering the gospel through preaching, teaching, singing, praying and celebrating the sacraments of baptism and communion (1 Corinthians 10:31, Psalm 145:1-21, Isaiah 43:6-7, Colossians 3:1-17). Loving Christ is a triune act, because in Christ, God the Father is fully revealed (John 14:9) and the Holy Spirit is the revealer (John 14:26). Our desire is that the Holy Spirit of God would so fill us with love for the Son of God, that the Father God would be glorified in our hearts and through our lives.
Love Each Other
Truly loving each other is a radical call amid a church culture of mere Sunday morning attendance and casual involvement. It involves mutual care, consistency and authenticity as we seek to worship the person of Christ and encourage the work of Christ in our lives. Though each Christian has a personal relationship with God, we believe the Bible teaches that our relationship with God is meant to be fleshed out in community. The Bible calls us members of the body (1 Corinthians 12:12-31) with the expectation that we contribute to the body for the glory of God and the good of His people, serving each other with words and actions. (Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 3:12-13, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31).
Love Our City
Loving Christ and loving each other leads us to reach out in love to those around us. As people who live in Philly we want to be committed to loving this great city in word and deed. With our words we want to proclaim the Gospel, so that people might hear and put their faith in Jesus (Romans 10:13-15). With our deeds we want to display the radical love that God has for the city, so that people might see our good works and give glory to God (Matthew 5:16). By saying that we love the city, we aren’t trying to be exclusive. We believe that if we allow God’s love for the city to be our love for the city, then God can take those small steps of faithfulness and use them to turn us into a multiplying community that will spread beyond our city to wherever God leads.