Become A New Creation
Why church doesn’t “work”
If you’ve explored Christianity then these words may sound familiar. You may ask, “Why would I come to your church? I’ve tried church and it doesn’t work.” We understand that often times church doesn’t work. We believe there are essentially three ways to approach life.
- You can adopt some form of religion and work hard to please your God.
- You can live on your "own terms" and work hard to please yourself.
- You can give up the exhausting work of trying to find hope in religion or yourself and allow God to give you new life in Jesus Christ.
Religion is exhausting
Religion is exhausting. It says “try harder” and “do better.” Chasing after your own desires is tiring as well. Success, money, love, popularity…these things are never enough to satisfy the human heart. But, there is good news.
The gospel brings new life and new creation
We are a church that is centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is the good news that God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. We cannot save ourselves. We cannot heal our own wounds. We cannot pay the price for our sin and rebellion against God. And so, God sent his son, Jesus, to do the work for us.
What did Jesus do for us?
Jesus lived the perfectly obedient life that we cannot live and died the death that we should have died. He took on our weakness, our brokenness, our wounds, our sins and gave us his strength, his holiness, his healing and his right relationship with God.
Not what you DO but what is DONE for you
The good news is: in our sin, we are worse off than we know, but in Christ, we are more loved than we can ever imagine. Christianity is really about what Christ has DONE for us and not what we DO for Him. Jesus’ final words on the cross were “It is finished.” Our striving, our pain, our shame, our desire for satisfaction will one day come to an end because of Jesus’ finished work. In the meantime, we believe God invites us to walk with him and with each other as he restores the world and the people in it. He promises to be with us in the messy battles that remain, and to transform us into the men and women he created us to be.