The Bible is our foundation and source of inspired and inerrant truth. We want to be known as a people with an unquenchable thirst for knowing God more deeply and loving him more (Philippians 3:8). This is no mere intellectual pursuit, but one born out of astonishment at the grace of God as it is expressed in the gospel and revealed in our fellowship. Because all of theology is practical, the adherence to sound doctrine and the application of biblical truth is an ultimately useful endeavor.
The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ lived the life we should have lived, died the death we should have died, and rose again defeating death forever (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). By grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, his perfect life and record is transferred to our account, and our record of sin and rejection of God was taken by Christ to the cross, where Jesus Christ received the wrath of God and rejection we deserved (2 Corinthians 5:21). Astonishment at this amazing grace should be the heartbeat of every ministry of the church – informing and shaping the way we go about even the smallest details of ministry (1 Corinthians 15:1-2).
A community that believes the gospel should be one marked by the grace of God, and one that consists of deep, authentic, and caring relationships. Because we’re saved by grace alone (not by anything we’ve done), we’re freed to admit who we really are – the worst of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15) – and, therefore, enabled to embody a culture of repentance, forgiveness, growth in Christ-likeness, prayer, and joy (Acts 2:46-47).
Everyone who comes to trust in Christ is a minister of the gospel (2 Corinthians 5:18). Every facet of life should be viewed as an opportunity to display the all-surpassing worth of Jesus Christ and no area of our lives – work, play, church events, small group fellowships – should be separated from our mission to make disciples and spread the good news. Our community does not exist simply to create deep relationships, but to be directed outward in mission. This desire to see disciples multiplied has also given us a desire to be a church that eventually plants other gospel-centered churches in Harrisburg and its surrounding areas.
Though we enthusiastically desire that all would know Christ, we are called to love and serve others in our city, regardless of whether they follow Jesus or not. Christ’s love for outsiders, like us (Romans 5:8), must urge our fellowship toward acts of service, care for the poor, and a willingness to lay our lives down for our neighbors.