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THE FACTS

WHO WE ARE

 
 

We are people called by God to gather.

This means that we are a local, practicing, loving and serving collection of people and families committed to Jesus Christ and each other. We gather to learn to love God fully (the Great Commandment) so that we can love our neighbors in the same way. God calls us together to be equipped for specific missions as we pursue the vision of who He sends us to in the neighborhoods we serve. By connecting ourselves to one particular faith community we announce to the world our commitment to participation, service, giving and prayer in Jesus’ name.

 
 

OUR MISSION

 
 

In the Youngstown-Austintown area, the teen birth rate is 15% (Austintown) and 7 (Youngstown) Over 30% of Austintown families are single parent households with 56% single parent households in Youngstown. One out of seven children have some type of mental health, developmental, or conduct problem. Over 16% of area adults abuse alcohol and many battle a host of other crippling addictions of which opiates rank highest. Thirty-eight percent of Youngstown’s population, live below the poverty line. The culture around us is disconnected from the Judeo-Christian values that once influenced our way of life. Never before has it been so culturally unfriendly to be a family with convictions, standards and boundaries. Where can families turn for help in dealing with the complex challenges of raising children in this new world?

We believe that our congregation, our community, and our nation will only be as strong as the families and individuals who live in them. So, we commit to being a church that invests in equipping men and women to love and care for their families as servant leaders. We live to be a gathering place where: parents are equipped to nurture their children as treasures who can be sent into the next generation to boldly share the light of the gospel; and members

are grown as faithful followers and as next generation leaders. Gathered, we journey together to be mature disciples: mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, grandmas and grandpas who see themselves as a critical part of the faith development of all of the children entrusted to us. We dream of a future where people from over 250 households risk living a faith adventure together in a thriving, vital community. This is an intentional community committed to building strong, healthy families who can help transform our culture for Jesus Christ as we proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. We will be a church where children, students, singles, single parents, the newly married, young families, empty-nesters, blended families, widows and widowers all have a place at the table...a table set by God where all labels are forgotten except for that of brothers and sisters. We dream of being a church that leaves no doubt who its loving Father is and from where its identity and purpose come.

 

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WHO WE ARE

 
 

Since the Word of God is our sole authority for faith and life, we are committed to the prayerful study of God’s Word.  In this way the Word is made flesh is us.   The prophet Jeremiah captured it, “Your words were found and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of Hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:16 ESV) 

We study God’s Word so that we know it, take it to heart and apply it.  This means we study for obedience to Christ’s commands.  God’s Word exposes the false gospels of the world around and within us.  It instructs and builds up the body of Christ.  If we are to evidence the fruit of the Spirit in our lives and display spiritual maturity as we make disciples who will faithfully follow Jesus, we will commit to grace-filled, loving lives of ongoing accountability.  Then, life becomes a form of worship as everything we do is shaped and directed by the Spirit-inspired Word.

Disciples are forged in a variety of ways: one on one, in triads, through twelve individuals regularly gathered (small groups), and in large groups.  We grow in the quality and fruitful quantity of our discipleship through short-term missions.  Leaders are raised up when we expect everyone to lead someone. This is how we build our bench and increase the pool of leaders from which we draw.  This allows us to expand the missional footprint of the church and God’s kingdom.

Disciples are shaped through the authenticity, integrity and safety of small groups.  These are places where we are loved and cared for as we lock arms and grow bit-by-bit toward Christ-likeness.  Ninety percent of the problems people confront could be solved by having one good friend.  Jesus reminds us that we are his friends

and we learn friendship through committed relationship with him.  Hebrews 10:19-25 sharply defines the communal reality of disciple-making.  Over and over again there is a refrain…”Let us!” A disciples’ life is a “together” life! It is a shared life because we need meaningful relationships with other believers to grow.  This is family life redefined and broadened as only Jesus can do it.  Our new families in Christ have room for more relationships and members than we ever imaged possible.  

The life of a disciple is also a life formed in part through mentoring and coaching provided by a mature, discerning disciple and through shared service where the Word is practiced and applied in the real world. We not only need older brothers and sisters in this journey of faith, but aunts and uncles, parents and grand-parents who have followed Jesus over a life-time.  

Through God’s power, we impact the world as we proclaimJesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  

The Great Commission thrusts us back into the world and into a deep relationship with the world.  This means that we are focused on making a difference in people’s lives in the church, the community and the world.  Disciples are those who as ‘ambassadors’ represent God and His Kingdom purposes and re-present the Gospel of reconciliation in the nitty-gritty of daily life.  They are prepared to be witnesses to the grace they have received.  They know that disciple-making requires a Christ-like life that transforms every relationship they have with: God, others and God’s creation. 

This ends up looking something like this:

We gather…to love God, so that we can love others,

We journey together…as we share Word shaped life and grow into Christ’s likeness, and

We proclaim Jesus…as we impact the world through the power and purpose of God.  

 

 

 
 
 
 

THE ESSENTIALS

 
 
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WE STRIVE FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITY

All Scripture is self-attesting, and being Truth requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God—the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments—is a complete and unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation, we affirm these additional essentials of our faith.  

We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory, and praise forever! 

Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator. 

The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior, indwelling our hearts. He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption. 

Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life. 

The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible yet imperfect expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity, where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting she awaits the return of her Lord. 

Jesus Christ will come again to the earth personally, visibly, and bodily—to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20). 

The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).