Vision & Beliefs

God, our Father, runs after his lost children like you and me. People who are near to him and people who are far from him. His heart is the why behind all we do.

Our mission is to be and make disciples of jesus.

“Disciple” for us means we learn to receive and live life in the way of Jesus.

Our Core Values

These values give us expression to the heart of the Father, and we aim to be growing in each of these every day.

1. Jesus Makes Us Family

We are welcomed into the family of God by the grace of Jesus, no matter who we’ve been or what we’ve done. Jesus gives us a place to belong, sometimes even before we know what to believe. So in our church family, we strive to share life together in an interconnected web of authentic relationships, and we are committed to seeing the generations love, bless, and serve one another.

2. Deep Roots Make Good Fruit

No one wants to live a fruitless life, and Jesus taught people how to live with abundant fruitfulness. He said “Remain in me, like a branch remains in the vine.” We put down deep roots in the Spirit of Jesus—especially through prayer, Biblical engagement, and other spiritual disciplines and practices.

3. Love Pours Out

God poured out his love for us, to fill the emptiness in us that we try to fill in so many other ways. But we are not filled so that we can keep God’s love to ourselves. We are filled to pour out love for others, and so we join God’s commitment to justice and compassion for those who are hurting, and we practice sacrificial generosity with our time and resources so that we may be a blessing to others.

4. Invite First & Next Steps With Jesus

Every relationship with Jesus is a growing relationship with Jesus. His invitation to “Follow Me” invites us to next steps of life and love, no matter where we are. We invite those who do not yet know Jesus to “come and see,” and we invite one another to next steps of faith and service.

5. Be The Church In The World (3/165)

The average church member spends 3 hours a week “at church” and 165 hours being the church “in the world.” We strive to spend our 3 hours together to connect practically and spiritually with our 165 hours apart, and we are committed to bringing our authentic 165 selves to our 3.

Our Beliefs

The best explanation of our beliefs is very simple: we believe in Jesus.

The very first Christians all agreed on one very simple creed: Jesus is Lord. We don't all have to agree on everything at Community of Grace Lutheran Church, but we agree on that. Everything else that we believe follows from that commitment. For example:

  1. Because of Jesus, we believe that God loves us unconditionally. This is because he is gracious and forgiving, not because we deserve it. We don't. Christian theologians usually call this "Justification by faith through grace and not by works." We agree with that 100%, but it's awfully technical for describing a living relationship.
  2. We believe the Bible is a Jesus-centered book that reveals God's character, God's love, and God's plans for the world. We believe what you really think about the Bible is not revealed in what you say about it but in how you use it. We read the Bible a lot and with lots of humility, and we strive to apply its message to our lives. We believe God's Spirit draws us closer to Jesus and makes us more and more like him. Nobody's perfect, but because we love God and each other, we keep trying. Christian theologians have usually called this "sanctification." We believe this is very important, with or without a theological label.
  3. We believe the church is a Jesus-centered community of sinners. It's a hospital for the sick, not a museum of saints. The church is certainly not a building. Jesus said, "Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, I am there with them." Whenever we gather in Jesus' name, we are the church.
  4. We believe Jesus didn't only live in the past. He's alive now, and we're looking forward to his return. The Bible says the return of Jesus will bring the completion of God's new creation. Evil will be destroyed, the universe will be healed, and the people of God will enter into life without end. God speed the day!

If you are theologically inclined, you might be interested in a more complete or precise statement of our beliefs. We recommend you talk with one of our pastors who could explain all of this in a much more personal and detailed way. You might also like to know we affirm the historic creeds of the Christian church (The Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds), and we are a Christian church in the Lutheran tradition. This means we think the historical writings of the Lutheran Reformation (such as the Augsburg Confession and the Small Catechism) helped Christians become more Jesus-centered and Biblically faithful.

Our congregation is part of a larger association of Christ-centered congregations called Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). We are committed to Jesus' Great Commission, where he commissioned his disciples to go and make more disciples, and Jesus' Great Commandment, where he taught his disciples to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love their neighbors as themselves. In fact, our mission as a congregation is drawn from these teachings of Jesus: Our mission is to be and make disciples of Jesus.

We believe God loves you, and we'd love to help you experience that truth as a disciple of Jesus Christ.