what we believe
We believe the reason people feel unsettled and unhappy in life is because they have rejected God’s rule. We have under-valued the benefits of following His Word, the Bible. And we have chosen to live our lives outside of His will. This rejection has left us under a state of corruption and condemnation, and His absence has left a void in our hearts. Jesus, God in the flesh, in great love, absorbed God’s righteous wrath against our sin and bridged the gap between us and the Father.
At Family Life, we’re not into superficial answers or spiritual quick-fixes. We don’t believe the way to restore our hearts or our families is found in psychological techniques or behavior modification strategies. We must turn from our self-worshipping, self-serving lifestyles and experience the radical, life-changing love of God in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and become the followers of God we were created to be.
The gospel is not just the A-B-C's, but the A to Z of Christianity. The Gospel is not just the way we enter God’s kingdom, but the way we thrive within the kingdom. We are not saved through the Gospel and then forced to maintain our salvation through obedience. The gospel is God's answer to our greatest need. It is the way we grow (Gal. 3:1-3) and are renewed (Col. 1:6). It is the solution to each problem, the key to each closed door, the power to face every roadblock of life (Rom. 1:16-17).
LOVING EACH OTHER
The Church is a new community
Love. That is the mark of a real follower of Jesus. And we show that love by how we relate to one another. We are friends with each other. We eat together. We’re with each other when children are born. We’re there when someone dies. In a statement, “We do life together." The church is not just a building we meet at once or twice per week. The church is a family. It is people coming together to BE what God has called us to BE not just DO what God has commanded us to DO.
There is nothing like the local church when it’s working right. Its beauty is indescribable. Its power is breathtaking. Its potential is unlimited. It comforts the grieving and heals the broken in the context of community. It builds bridges to seekers and opens its arms to the forgotten, the downtrodden, and the disillusioned. It breaks the chains of addictions, frees the oppressed, and offers belonging to the marginalized of this world. The local church is the hope of the world.
LOVING OUR WORLD
Blessing our community
At Family Life, we want to be known by what we’re for rather than what we’re against. We’re for people. We’re for our community. We don’t believe the church should be a cultural fortress, isolated from the rest of the world. We believe that God is the Author of culture and the original Master of creativity. We want to take the kingdom of God into the arts, business, education—and every other dimension of our community. We believe that “ministry” happens outside the church, not just inside our auditorium on the weekend.
In other words, we’re not here to condemn our culture or simply survive it. We’re here to transform it for God’s glory. Our love is not just talk. And our commitment is not just personal. We want to make a lasting impact on each person that comes in contact with our church. We know as a local church we can’t change everyone and we can’t meet every need. But, we can change someone and we can meet some needs. Therefore our serving motto is, “we do for one what we wish we could do for everyone.”
Whatever it takes
When it comes to reaching people with the gospel, we are willing to let go of just about anything. Seriously. Scriptural values and the essential message of the gospel will never change, but our methods of outreach will. Our cultural traditions are expendable, because we believe sacrificing for the gospel sometimes starts with giving up what is comfortable to us.
We believe that if Christ left the comfort of heaven and clothed Himself in our flesh in order to reach us, we should be willing to go to whatever extents it takes to reach those in our community He died for.
We do not believe, however, in growing large at the expense of truth or growing healthy disciples and healthy churches. Our "end game" is not large audiences, but thriving communities of disciples. We believe God is looking not only at the breadth of our ministry, but also the depth.
Partnering with You
We can’t raise your children. We can’t fix your marriage. What we can do is partner with you in those things. We can help equip you. Our children’s student and family teams are, hands down, the best things going at this church. We’ll teach you how to raise your children, love your spouse, and impact your community. We’ll partner with you. But we want to empower you to be the minister.
We believe the greatest asset of the follower of Jesus is the access to the power of God He has in prayer. Two things are limitless in the heart of God: the passion He has for people to see the glory of His name, and the compassion that He has for people. So, when we ask with those two things as our motives, there is no limit to the power God will pour out for us! The reason we do not have is that we do not ask.
We meet all throughout the city weekly to pray--for each other, for our families, and for what God is doing in our city and around the world. We gather often as a church body to call out to God for Him to pour out His love and salvation through our church!