Ours is a story of humble beginnings, big dreams, and a God who has been faithful to walk with us through the highs and the lows into the places He has for us. Ours is a story about people from different generations, different backgrounds; some of us have been in church our whole lives, some of us have been in many churches--for others of us, this is our first church, or we swore we would never set foot in a church--but here we are.
We are friends and acquaintances--a covenant community of people who are increasingly orienting our lives around examples and teachings of Jesus, learning what it means to love and care for each other as family, and to sacrificially serve the world without fear.
We're not conventional. We don't always get it right. But what people over and over say is that they appreciate the warmth and friendliness they find here, the safety to be honest about what's really going on without fear of being condemned, the unpretentiousness and vulnerability of our leaders, the willingness to thoughtfully wade through the tensions of how to winsomely live out our faith in a post-Christian era, and the creative ways we seek to demonstrate and proclaim to people that God is for them and that the good news is even better than they thought.
Following Jesus in authentic community for the world.
A movement of discipling missionaries, contending for the flourishing of Fox Island and establishing an additional outpost in the South Sound.
Resting & Receiving
The good news of the gospel is not what we do but rather what Jesus has already done. We begin where he finished and receive what we didn't achieve. In a culture defined by busyness and 'you get what you earn,' we regularly remind ourselves to stop, to sabbath, to not find our identity in our productivity or performance but to receive our identity as children of God and to trust him to provide all we need for everything He's calling us to.
"So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, 'Abba, Father.' For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?" Romans 8:15-16,32
Listening & Following
Jesus modeled for us what it looks like to live in dependence and obedience when he said, "I don't speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me to say and how to say it" (John 12:49). Before we speak and lead, we first want to listen and follow. These are his plans and purposes and only by spending time reading God's Word and listening to his voice will we walk in the fullness of what He has for us. We define maturity by those who are sensitive to his voice and quick and complete in their willingness to obey.
Confessing & Forgiving
No one is perfect, so why do we pretend to be? Inevitably we will sin against and be sinned against--what marks us is a willingness to tell on ourselves, to own our sin and to forgive each other's sin. We don't need to lie or hide, we are all safe, in the light, with our sin. People can change when they can tell the truth about where they are, without fear of rejection. We don't want to live in prisons of our bitterness and anger but rather to release others, and ourselves, through forgiveness for the things done to us.
"Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed." James 5:19
"Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." Colossians 3:13
Healing & Growing
Whether that healing is spiritual, emotional, mental or physical, we believe Jesus still heals and as such we value being honest and vulnerable about the ways we struggle and suffer in order that we might be healed. Jesus not only wants us to heal; he also wants us to grow. We value everyone being 'on the team' and 'in the game,' and we seek to create a culture where people step outside their comfort zones to grow more and more into the character and competencies of Jesus.
"Growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love." Ephesians 4:15b-16
Giving & Serving
For God so loved the world that he gave... and Jesus came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life for many. God has abundantly blessed us, and calls us to join him in being irrationally generous, trusting him to meet our daily and future needs. We also honor those who serve--who look not only to their own interests but also the interests of others. We serve at home, in our church, in the neighborhood, and among those who suffer and search.
"Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others." 1 Timothy 6:18
The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and women. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.
The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the Gospel to all nations. The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper.
Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body. Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age.
The Holy Spirit is a divine person, sent to indwell, guide, teach, and empower the believer and convince the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service. This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion.
There is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice. All who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures and is now at the right hand of the Majesty on high as our great High Priest. He will come again to establish His kingdom of righteousness and peace.
Men and women were originally created in the image and likeness of God. They fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men and women are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God and can be saved only through the atoning work of Jesus Christ. The portion of the impenitent and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment, and that of the believer in everlasting joy and bliss.
Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God.
There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment.
The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal, visible, and premillennial. This is the believer's blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.
We exist as part of a worldwide movement called the Christian & Missionary Alliance, or the C&MA. The C&MA is passionate about bringing the good news of the gospel to every corner of the world, from our next-door neighbors to the distant nations.
Visit the C&MA's website to learn more about our global family.