Sundays at 5pm
We meet on Sunday evenings at 5pm, followed by a meal at 6:30.
Here are the CORE VALUES of our Sunday meetings together
In one of the first churches as described in Acts 2, believers devoted themselves to studying God’s word, prayer, sharing a meal, and fellowship. God blessed them with spiritual vitality. No pastor, church, or small group can manufacture the fruit of discipleship. That is the work of the Spirit. We are SIMPLY FAITHFUL IN OUR DEVOTION.
We value a GATHERING CENTERED ON JESUS AND BECOMING MORE LIKE HIM. Our worship gathering is always open to everyone, but not for everyone. Struggles and victories with sin, confession and reconciliation, encouragement, prayer, accountability, and the practice of Christian disciplines are part of what we do, but we won’t “make you do it.” We trust the living Jesus to work in each of us as we become more like him.
WE HAVE JESUS IN COMMON. We lament the things that divide us, and desire conversations around difficult topics to be full of grace and truth.
We value obedience to the two, and only two, commands Jesus gave directly to the church (Greek “ekklesia”)
- In Matthew 18 Jesus says that IF A BROTHER OR SISTER CAUSES HURT WE ARE TO GO TO THEM FIRST. Jesus also taught us to both offer and ask for forgiveness.
- In Matthew 16, Jesus describes the church as an army storming the gates of hell, and promises that she will prevail. We value a CHURCH OUTSIDE OUR WALLS, BEING WITNESSES OF CHRIST TO OUR NEIGHBORS AND SERVING OTHERS AT THEIR POINT OF NEED.
We value CHRIST CENTERED FRIENDSHIP and “continuing the conversation.” After worship we will have a meal, to which we encourage invitations. Our mature Christians will seek out our young people in age and in heart to talk about their lives and faith.
We value being INSTITUTIONALLY SIMPLE AND SPIRITUALLY RICH.
We value a safe place to be honest. SAFETY REQUIRES CONFIDENTIALITY. Things shared during body life stay in body life unless permission is granted from the person sharing.
For more on the core values of our larger tradition, the Brethren in Christ, go to https://bicus.org/about/what-we-believe/core-values/