Col. 1:16, 18; Is. 48:11; 42:8; Ez. 36:22; Jn. 17:1; Php. 2:9-11; 1 Cor. 10:31; 1 Pet. 4:11
God’s glory is supreme over everything else in all creation. Everything that exists does so to bring glory and honor to God. We should see our lives through the biblical filter that God’s glory is the highest and greatest thing and that his glorification is the best possible thing for us, his children. In every situation, throughout history, God has always acted in the interest of his glory. Because he is the most glorious thing, it is right for him to do so, and our lives are best utilized and most fulfilling when we spend them to magnify the glory of God.
Centrality of Scripture
2 Tim. 3:15-17; Col. 3:16; Heb. 4:12; Ps. 19:7-11; Pr. 30:5; Lk. 11:28; Acts 6:2, 4: 1 Th. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:23
The Bible is the inspired word of God and applies to every area of life in every culture throughout every generation. It should be at the very center of our lives, impacting every decision we make and guiding our thoughts and actions from beginning to end.
Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 4:19-20; 8:4; Ps. 96:2-3; 1 Pet. 3:15
As Christians, we should live our lives on-mission with God in the world. We should look for opportunities for God to use us in his redemptive plan every day of our lives. As we live every day on-mission with God, we should also turn our hearts to the call and need for workers to go to the ends of the earth with the message of the gospel. As missional people, we will join God at work both in our immediate location and around the world.
Devotion to the Local Church
1 Cor. 12:12-27; Rom. 12:4-5; Acts 2:46; Rom. 15:19b; Heb. 10:25; Eph. 3:10-11
The church is God’s chosen agent to make much of himself in all the earth. The New Testament clearly shows the pattern of establishing local churches to carry out that mission. God has equipped every believer to serve by giving them spiritual gifts that are intended to be used in the context of community within a local church. But it is about more than just cold commitment. Devotion is the fusion of commitment with affection.
Embracing Biblical Community
Heb. 10:24-25, 33-34; Acts 2:42-47; Col. 3:12-14; Jn. 13:34-35; Pr. 27:17; Ecc. 4:9-12; Rom. 1:12
The Christian faith was meant to be lived in community. God exists in community as well as one. God has designed us so that we long for and thrive in community. When we embrace community the way the Bible describes it we experience the mutual openness, accountability, encouragement, refining, and support that God intended it for, and we grow in spiritual maturity as we are sharpened by each other.
Everything we do, from studying the Word to serving to fun times together, is designed to move all of us into maturity in our relationship with Christ Jesus. This relationship is one of master and disciple. Christ Jesus being the master and we are all his disciples. Growing in spiritual maturity is our goal. We begin to mature in Christ Jesus as we study His Word, prayer for one another, serve one another, teach one another and lead one another. This is all done in the context of the local church.
We believe Christ left us a great model for making disciples. This is not a step process, except the one step you do need to take is having faith in Jesus Christ, but beyond that here is how our strategy unfolds.
Our Community Groups are the “front door” to our ministry. Though this is not the only way one can enter into our ministry, our Community Groups are based on campuses so that way we can be where the students are and connect more of them to the body of Christ. These Community Groups are intentional about reaching out to students around them and are still a great place to connect with other believers and grow as you study God’s Word together. As one gets connected to a local body of believers, discipleship begins to take place.
2Twenty2 is the place where we meet on Sunday mornings worship, prayer, meeting with each other, and studying God’s Word. This is where we introduce and study the passage for the week. This is also a place where one can enter into our ministry as well. Or even bring others to join in on our time together.
Family Events are times planned for us to get together and build our relationships with one another. These range from one day outings to the retreat that we go on every year that is solely for the purpose to draw closer to each other as we draw closer to God. These can also be places one can enter into our ministry.
So, no matter where you come into our group, you will begin to grow in maturity as you faithfully get connected and plugged into the body. As you plug into the college ministry, you will become aware of many opportunities available for service in our church.
Our major area of emphasis in the larger body of the church is a kids’ ministry called Leaders in Training (LIT). LIT is a small group discipleship program for kids, and is a great way to invest in the lived of kids, be part of discipling younger believers, and get to know families in the church.
There are other areas in the church to serve, and we want to help you plug in. You can find out more about serving here.