Leaving A Resounding Legacy

Into Eternity | For the Glory of God | To the Next Generation | From Oak Ridge to the Ends of the Earth

Over the next three to five years, we want to leave seven legacies.

1. Unchurched families will be reached and renewed throughout the greater Oak Ridge community

2. Our homes, workplaces, and community will be transformed by our faith.

3. Every attendee will be connected meaningfully to God and His Church.

4. Every member will be cared for, discipled, and mobilized.

5. Every ministry will be empowered to produce leaders.

6. Local, national, and global missions partnerships will be formed.

7. A core team will be sent to plant or revitalize a church.

We scatter to plant Gospel witness, gather to cultivate fruitful disciples,  and send to multiply Gospel-centered churches.

While we plant and cultivate, God gives the growth (1 Corinthians 3:6-7), so we will pray that God grows His church.

We are passionately and intentionally devoted to…

1. Being Gospel-Centered — The Gospel is the complete story of Scripture, the message of salvation for all, and the framework for growing in and living out our faith. The realities of our sinfulness, God’s holy love, and Jesus’ work on the cross shapes everything we do. (Rom. 3:21-26; Eph. 2:1-10; Col. 2:6-7)

2. Submitting to God’s Word — We cherish the Bible as God’s authoritative Word to us. We affirm and follow all of Scripture as our final authority. Biblical preaching and teaching are foundational to the life of our community. (Deuteronomy 32:46-47; Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 4:2)

3. Gathering for Worship — As a community of worshipers, the weekly gathering of our church family is vital for our growth in Jesus. We gather to worship God and encourage one another through remembering and realigning with the Gospel. (Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:24-25)

4. Sharing Life Together — New Testament koinonia—fellowship or community—is all about sharing our lives with one another: our burdens, our joys, our needs, our resources, and much more. As family with one another, we show hospitality, vulnerability, and sacrifice toward one another, and we welcome others into our family. (Matt. 25:31-46; John 13:34-35; Acts 2:42-47, 4:32-37)

5. Serving Sacrificially —  As Jesus came not to be served but to serve, we are called to serve one another and our community. We help one another discover and use our gifts. (Mark 10:45; John 15:13; Galatians 5:13; Philippians 2:1-10; 1 Peter 4:10)

We are passionately and intentionally striving to become devoted to…

6. Pursuing God Personally — Loving God is the first great commandment, and every individual needs a growing relationship with God that is characterized by reliance on Him through prayer, Bible study, and other spiritual disciplines. (Mark 12:29-30; 1 Cor. 9:24-27; Col. 3:16-17)

7. Multiplying Whole Disciples — Jesus’ final words gave a clear mission to His Church: make disciples. As missionaries, we are called to reach the lost, teach and equip followers of Jesus toward maturity, and send them to engage the world with the Gospel. (Matt. 28:18-20; John 20:21-23; Acts 1:8)

8. Caring for the Outsider —  Loving our neighbor is the second great commandment, and we are called to do this with justice, mercy, and humility. We pursue and care for those on the outskirts of our community and society with the love of Jesus through prayer, relationship, advocacy, and personal sacrifice. (Deuteronomy 10:17-19; Micah 6:8; Mark 12:31; James 1:27; Hebrews 13:2-3)