Keeping the main thing the main thing leads us into humility, teaches us how to love others more, and creates a unified spirit among believers.

Live from the stage/my workspace

Live from the stage/my workspace


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We exist to remind Christians why we exist. Had God never spoken a Word, and had that Word not become flesh in the form of Jesus, we would be lost without hope. God spoke through humans and those humans were led by the Spirit to write down the very words of God. We have those words recorded for our benefit in the Bible. The Bible is not a handbook for a happier, wealthier life. The Bible is not a tool for hurting others. The Bible is God's story revealed to us so that we can have hope.

We believe that Jesus-style discipleship must be demonstrated and led by the leadership of the church because discipleship is the reason why we gather. Healthy discipleship flows from loving, self-sacrificial, life-long relationships that are centered around God's Word.

We believe that unity is destroyed when leaders prioritize gathering around anything other than God's Word. Centering around vision statements can destroy unity. Focusing on doctrinal statements can destroy unity. Loving tradition more than truth can destroy unity. Having a heart of legalism can destroy unity. Centering around politics can destroy unity. And centering around cult-like personalities will always destroy unity.

Furthermore, we must continue to practice the activities that are the very life-blood of growing in our faith, with priority over all other activities. Our goal is to help you keep the main thing the main thing.

In Jesus’ final prayer with his disciples, we see a clear connection between the Word of God and our unity as believers.

"After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they KNOW you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your WORD. Now they KNOW that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the WORDS you gave me and they accepted them. They KNEW with certainty that I came from you, and they BELIEVED that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be ONE as we are ONE. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your WORD and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.  My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; your WORD is truth.  As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.  For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will BELIEVE in me through their message, that all of them may be ONE, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may BELIEVE that you have sent me.  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be ONE as we are ONE— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete UNITY. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."

JOHN 17:1-23 (NIV, emphasis mine)





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