Jesus told us that He would never leave us and that He would be with us always. We can connect with God as individuals, but the relationship changes when we gather as a Community. We shift from a son/daughter connection to that of the Bride of Christ.
We gather to strengthen ourselves, support others, and serve our communities. The symbols below capture our core values of Salvation, Freedom, and Redemption.
SALVATION - Connected to Christ
For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
Salvation through Christ is pretty simple. His part was brutal. Our part is easy.
- I need a Savior.
- I believe Jesus is that Savior.
It's His grace. It's His faith. It's His gift. We just say, "Yes."
FREEDOM - Connected to Others
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again. Galatians 5:1 (NIV)
Salvation and freedom are not the same. The former and the latter is abundant life. Christ paid the price to set us free so that we could actually be free. This freedom comes from sharing our struggles and failures. It comes from running toward the light, not away from it. Transparency with connection is the antidote for shame. That's good news and we celebrate it with you!
REDEMPTION - Connected to Service
For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
By experiencing both salvation and freedom, we are ready for redemption... identifying our God-given personality, passions, and Spiritual gifts to live out our God-directed purposes. The combination of salvation, freedom, and redemption bring a fulfillment like no other. "Discovery" is our effort to help us figure this out together.
Our logo, the conversation bubble with the capital C, really captures what we strive to do in our culture. It’s what we want to talk about. It’s what we want to build on. It’s what we want as an integral part of everything we do. The capital "C" stands for "Christ".
Jesus said that He was the trunk of the tree and we are the branches (John 15:5). In the same line of thought, He said that we wouldn’t be able to do anything without Him.
We believe that.
We don’t ask Him to bless what we’re doing, but we ask to be joined with what Christ is already doing in our world. It’s not Ourway.