“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” ~Colossians 3:17
We believe that, among other reasons, God sent Jesus to this world to show us what it looks like to live in a righteous relationship with him. When Jesus commands us to follow him, he does so with the intention of transforming us into his holy image. Following Jesus means to enter a way of life that is given its character and shape and direction by our Lord. It means living life visibly and audibly and obediently like Jesus. Christ-like behavior means what we do, why we do it, and how we do it all comes from him.
Disciples of Jesus are marked by the same traits that characterize the one we follow: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience; love, joy, peace, goodness, faithfulness, self-control. Christ’s life is defined by unflinching love and selfless sacrifice. And so is mine. And so is yours. Right?
OK, we’re working on it. So am I.
We take very seriously the words of our Savior: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
Our worldview places Jesus at the very center and purpose of our lives. Christ is the urgent and absolute guideline to our everyday activities and interactions. He is the constant companion to our thoughts and values. We live in Christ’s name and are enmeshed in his death and resurrection. It’s not just “What would Jesus do?” It’s also “What is Jesus doing?” Every minute of every day we are conscious of his calling, his commands, his promises, and his provision.
We walk in the Jesus Way, the way of the cross.