The fabric of Grace is woven with 6 common threads. No matter the ministry, program, activity, or pursuit, we strive to weave each with these common threads. Like any finished tapestry, you will find more of one thread in one portion, others in complement, or still another more prominent in another portion, all coming together to form the colorful fabric we call Grace.
Sin matters. As we confront truth, we in turn confront sin & pursue a change of mind & heart. We consider repentance as the change of mind in the face of sin; we seek heartfelt sorrow, a willingness to confront, & allow the Holy Spirit to take charge in conquering the death grip of sin.
Repent & believe in the gospel. (2 Mark 1:15)
God is at the center. He commands praise from all of his creation. As believers learn of his magnificence we can only respond in grateful worship & join others in offering it corporately in a variety of ways.
But the hour is coming, & is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit & truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, & those who worship him must worship in spirit & truth. (John 4:23, 24)
Change is the point. God calls us to become new creatures. As we are made new, we allow him to take us from our old life to new life. This complete change—the truest metamorphosis—comes as we submit to God’s Word & to the working of his Holy Spirit.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind. (Rom. 12:2)
Growing with others is God’s plan. As we live, work, & serve together, we allow God to use others to sharpen & hone us into his disciples. We practice the dozens of commands which end with the phrase “one another,” & find that we become living gospels to those unbelievers who watch us, for they will know we are Christians by our love for one another.
...And all who believed were together & had all things in common. & they were selling their possessions & belongings & distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. (Acts 2:44, 45)
We must look beyond ourselves. As we are transformed & consider our fellow brothers & sisters, we lose our selfish ways, & look for ways to serve those in our church family & those outside our walls, whether believers or unbelievers. To serve is to solidify God’s truth in our lives.
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' (Gal. 5:13, 14)
God seeks global redemption. He desires that all men would become saved, & live life as he originally created man to enjoy. All believers play a role in God’s plan, & must be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in us whether to our neighbor next door, or to assist in sharing that hope with those in the remotest parts of the earth.
Go therefore & make disciples of all nations... (Matt. 28:19)