We believe that strong Christian relationships make for strong Christian lives. Jesus established His church as a group of interconnected individuals. The Bible teaches that God Himself sets believers in the body where it pleases Him (1 Corinthians 12:18). The scripture also strongly emphasizes the idea that we grow when we stay planted in the house of God (Psalm 92:15, John 15). Part of the reason for this is that the life and the love of God actually flows into and out of our lives through these divinely ordained relationships.
As we interact with other believers, and work together to accomplish the Great Commission, we have opportunity after opportunity to walk in the fruit of the Spirit, or to walk in the flesh. We are challenged by one another, upheld in tough times by one another, and we find constant opportunity to love and forgive one another. All of this spells spiritual growth.
Furthermore, we believe that local churches have specific callings that are accomplished not so much by professional ministers, but as believers, set in place by God, express their various gifts in harmony with one another. And finally, we believe that we should all have a few close and trusted friends in our lives that will hold us accountable for our actions. This provides safety for us, and protects our witness.
For all of these reasons, we encourage believers to actively build strong Christian friendships into their lives. We provide opportunities for you to meet and get to know other believers at every service.