Posted on Mon, Apr 22, 2019
"We are a family growing in faith and love through discipleship in Jesus Christ."
After prayer and consideration, the Light of Christ Vestry has felt led by the Lord to update our mission statement, reflecting our vision and purpose as a church and as a group of believers. We wanted to keep it short and simple: "We are a family growing in faith and love through discipleship in Jesus Christ."
FAMILY: We see ourselves as a family, dependent on one another and loving each other. A frequent opinion we hear from visitors is, "You're one of the most friendly and welcoming churches we've encountered." This has been remarked by casual visitors, as well as by bishops and guest ministries (Acts 2:42; 1 John 1:6-7).
GROWING: We are moving forward in grace and truth, always striving through study, prayer and service to live into our calling as children of God and followers of Jesus. We haven't arrived, but like Paul, we are always reaching forward to what lies ahead (Philippians 3:13-14; Ephesians 6:7-8).
FAITH: Our belief in the saving power of Jesus Christ isn't merely an intellectual exercise, but devotion through a genuine personal relationship with the Son of God. We depend on him in all areas of our lives (Romans 5:1-2, 10:17; Jude 1:3).
LOVE: Love isn't always a feeling, but it is always an action. It means being considerate of others, forgiving those who have wronged us, and being willing to put the needs of others ahead of our own (Ephesians 5: 1-2; John 15:12; 1 John 4:7-8).
DISCIPLESHIP: A disciple is someone who learns from, and is trained by a master in a variety of areas or disciplines. Jesus is our master, our teacher and example (Matthew 10:24-25; 2 Timothy 1:7).
JESUS CHRIST: Everything at Light of Christ has as its source the revelation of Jesus as our God and Savior. Our church exists to glorify him (Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:6; Romans 6:4).
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