The very first words of Jesus’ ministry announced that the Kingdom of God had come near. “Kingdom language” is not something used very often in 21st-century America, but it is the central teaching of Jesus and is key to knowing who we are as Christ Church.
While the Kingdom of God is available now to all who wish to enter, until Jesus returns again, it is not yet seen in its fullness. Our kingdom-centered vision compels us to embrace this tension – to be a “both/and” kind of people. In a world increasingly characterized by extremes, we try to hold together what is often kept separate.
Here are the balances we try to strike in four key relationships:
* We relate to God by embracing WORD and SPIRIT
In every part of our life together, we look to God’s Word for direction and encouragement. We are committed to the authority of Scripture, even when it challenges convention and contemporary culture. At the same time, we believe that the Word alone is not enough to change our hearts. Thus, we are also committed to experiencing the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, eagerly desiring the gifts and fruit of the Spirit in our church, family and personal lives.
* We relate to people by reaching DEEP and WIDE
* We relate to tradition by staying ROOTED and RELEVANT
We are part of the multi-ethnic, multi-national, multi-cultural Anglican Communion and trace our roots to the English Reformation. We cherish (and leverage) this heritage, believing it offers disoriented, post-modern people a reliable way to be Christian. Yet we’re not beholden to the past. If anything, we find that tradition enriches innovation. We pair new ideas with established forms to create trustworthy and unique expressions of worship.
* We relate to culture by looking at it in an APPRECIATIVE and CRITICAL way
Every culture expresses beliefs about God, the meaning of life, right and wrong, and the solution to the core human problem. We strive to love, understand, and identify with our local community and social setting. We host concerts, art shows and other cultural events for no other purpose than to celebrate the beauty and artistry of God’s creation. In all our preaching and public communication, we affirm the places where our culture aligns with the Christian story while revealing where it falls short of its vision of human flourishing. Our hope is to bring the good news of the kingdom to bear on our time and place.