We accomplish our mission by living into our core values.
God made himself visible and accessible to us by living with us in the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:14, 18). Just as Jesus showed us the Father’s glory by living a life of grace and truth, we want to be “visible grace”, God’s hope and healing, by serving the needs of our world in community service and global mission. “What does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
God has accepted us in Christ with no strings attached (Romans 15:7). When we truly understand God’s love for us, we are able to extend that same nonjudgmental invitation to transforming grace to each other and to the world. We invite everyone to taste life in our community through relationship building event, perhaps as a prelude to finding out more about God through other activities of our common life, such as Sunday worship or home groups.
The common life of the people of God should reflect the joy of being in God’s presence (Philippians 4:4, cf. Psalm 16:11). Our understanding of God may be circumscribed by our experiences with our fathers: often insensitive, sometimes distant, perhaps even abusive. But when our spiritual life is formed by experiencing our loving Father, we can enter into wholeness and joy. Worship at Grace Community seeks to make the strong, loving Father God of the Bible visible and accessible, using all the artistic forms at our disposal. We present God’s story of love and renewal through Jesus Christ so that we can each find the context and significance for our own stories. And we rely on the Holy Spirit as the agent for God’s work in our lives.
One cannot be spiritually formed apart from participating in the common life of a spiritual community (Hebrews 10:24-25). Two questions inform our life together. “When someone’s hurting, who knows?” – It is when we are vulnerable and asking for help that life-changing connections happen. That's what our home groups are for. "What's God saying to you and what are you going to do about it?" Following Jesus is a spiritual journey of transformation that happens when we are willing to listen to God and cooperate with his work in us. Listening to God often means listening to others. And that happens best in the intimacy of small groups.