What We Believe

OUR MISSION
Inviting all generations to follow Jesus on the bold, reckless adventure of grace.

OUR VALUES
» Grace-ignited Worship
Demonstrated by:
• Inviting all generations to actively participate in worship and the Sacraments
• Creating a climate of acceptance and welcome
• Celebrating what God has done for us in Christ
• Creating an expectation that new comers will be present
• Creating fun, participatory activities for children in worship
• Providing an inspirational uplifting music experience
• Proclaiming a Biblical, Gospel-centered message of grace
Ephesians 2:8-10, Matthew 9:9-13

» Grace-ignited Homes
Demonstrated by:
• Committing to the church (worship together; give together; serve together; grow
together; etc.)
• Church/home partnerships (i.e., Rites of passage)
• Building grace-ignited, faith-filled homes (i.e., FAITH5; Devotional tools for
• Offering church-led, home-focused seminars (i.e, Parenting; Marriage; How to
Pray Together…)
• Multigenerational approach to service/outreach (homes participating in church-
led outreach programs and/or doing outreach as a home)
Proverbs 22:6, Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Joshua 24:15b, Psalm 78:5-8

» Grace-ignited Following
Demonstrated by:
• An active commitment to grow in faith and in the Gospel personally, in the home,
and through active participation in the mission and ministry of Grace
• Loving our neighbors as ourselves
• Inviting others to follow Jesus
• Personal generosity—giving of one’s time and financial resources through Community of Grace
• Serving others
Luke 10:25-37, Mark 1:14-15, Matthew 28:18-20, Colossians 2:6-7

» Grace-ignited Mission
Demonstrated by:
• Actively engaging the local community through on-site campus events, or off-site
(i.e., concerts; Easter Egg Hunt; Seminars; All Pro Dads; etc.)
• Actively supporting and participating in domestic and global missions (Rwanda;
FMSC; ELCA; Trips; etc.)
• All generations financially supporting the mission and missions of Grace
• Actively interacting with local community (LPE).
• Multigenerational approach to service/outreach.
John 3:16, Luke 10:30-37, Matthew 25

OUR STRATEGY

• Home
• Church
• World


OUR MEASURES:
What is my life about?
(What does it look like to follow Jesus on the bold, reckless adventure of Grace?)

“Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a person could stake his/her life on it a thousand times.”  -Martin Luther

GRASPED BY GRACE
…through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Modeled by:
• What does it look like for me to be grasped by grace?
• What does it look like for me to be a new person?

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old is gone; a new life has begun! All of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ.
(2 Corinthians 5:17-18a. NLT)

Beware of ascribing to such purity that you no longer wish to be looked upon as a sinner, or to be one. For Christ dwells only in sinners.
(Martin Luther)

ROOTED IN GRACE
…through Faith-Saturated Homes.

Modeled by:
• How are we/I immersing our/my home in faith?
• How are we/I immersing our/my home In the Scriptures?

So keep my words in your hearts and minds. Write them down and tie them on your hands as a reminder.  Also, tie them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home. Talk about them when you walk along the road. Speak about them when you go to bed. And speak about them when you get up.  (Deuteronomy 11:18-19, NIVR)

The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands; it lays hold of me… (Martin Luther)

AFFIRMED BY GRACE
…through Word and Sacrament.

Modeled by:
• How am I/how are we making worship a priority?

They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. (Acts 2:42)

Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church. How could anyone know where Christ is and what faith is in him unless he knew where his believers are? (Martin Luther)

What is the benefit of communion? That is shown us in these word: Given, and shed for you, for the forgiveness of sins; namely, that in the Sacrament of Communion forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are given us through these words. For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation. (Martin Luther, Small Catechism)

CALLED BY GRACE
… through being “little Christ’s” in our homes, relationships, job, or wherever God calls us.

Modeled by:
• How am I being a little Christ in my daily life?
• How am I being a little Christ in the church, home and world?

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  (Ephesians 2:10, NIV)

“As our heavenly Father has in Christ freely come to our aid, we also ought freely to help our neighbor through our body and its works, and each one should become as it were a Christ to the other that we may be Christ’s to one another and Christ may be the same in all, that is, that we may be truly Christians…”
(Martin Luther: The Freedom of a Christian, 1520)

EMPOWERED BY GRACE
…through loving others as I love myself.

Modeled by:
• How do my actions towards others reflect God’s love and grace in my life?

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27, NIV)

“A Christian is the most free lord of all, and subject to none. A Christian is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to everyone.”
(Martin Luther)