We want to become devoted worshippers who study the Bible together intensively and apply in our daily lives; Who prays together to seek God’s will in what we do. Together we want to practice denying our old self and nurturing our newborn life in Christ so that we can become mature disciples and live out God’s image as man.
The body of believers is supposed to be closer to us than our own families (Matt. 12:46, Luke 14:26). Jesus said that “all people will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). He also prayed that his disciples would be so “perfectly one” that the world may believe that the Father sent Jesus (John 17:20-23). We want to be people who love each other deeply and show this by our sacrifice. We seek a bond that is no less than that of our natural families and is only possible because of our common fellowship with Jesus. We seek to obey all of the “one another” commands in Scripture. Our goal is not merely to get along but to love each other to the extent that Christ loved us.
We believe that all believers are called be disciple-makers. No one should come as a consumer, but all should come as servants. The Holy Spirit has given each of us a gift that is to be used for building up the body. We want our leaders to teach us how to lead and help us develop in character through their modeling and teaching. Our goal is that each one of us becomes like Christ, and develops the ability to lead others to Him, make disciples, and plant similar disciple groups.
We want to be people with supernatural characters, focused on sharing the gospel with neighbors and coworkers. We want to be people who are not focused on survival or higher standards of living, but devoted to the mission. For some, this will mean going to foreign countries to share Christ where He has not been heard. For others, this means supporting those who are gone. For everyone, it means sharing the gospel regularly.
We want to be people who are eagerly waiting for the return of Christ. We are willing to suffer because we believe in heavenly rewards. Christians are supposed to expect and embrace suffering with joy. (Matthew 16:24; Matthew 10:21; 2 Timothy 1:8, 3:12; Philippians 1:29) Far from seeking comfort, we thrive on any hardship we get to endure for His Name. Our focus is not on what we can see, but on the unseen world. We live as aliens and strangers on the earth, waiting for a better city.