Ours is a congregation, which desires to reflect the preeminence of Christ in all things through the power of the Holy Spirit unto the glory of God the Father.
So we preach Christ crucified in all of Scriptures as the only Redeemer of the world, able to forgive us of our sins, no matter how big or many; able to transform us, no matter how broken or vile; able to unite us, no matter how diverse our backgrounds; and able to give us true joy and peace, no matter what our circumstances may be.
We believe that our mission is impossible apart from the life-giving, life-transforming power of the Holy Spirit, which is made available to us through prayer.
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Justification highlights how our salvation is God's work, not our work. It is not that we don't do anything and just wait around for God to lift us up out of this world into heaven. No, we do have a lot to do, especially in our sanctification. Even in justification, we must believe. But none of what we do actually counts toward our salvation: "all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment…" (Isa. 64.6). If what we do as Christians is acceptable to God, it is only because Christ's righteousness covers the deficiency of our actions.
How, then, are we justified in Christ? In Rom. 4:5 we read, "And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness…." This is a wonderful statement, affirming the amazing grace by which sinners like us are saved. But to know how truly wonderful this statement is, we need to first understand how troubling this statement is from a legal perspective. Here, God is described as the One "who justifies the ungodly…." If we take our gospel lens off and read this statement, we should be horrified. To justify in the legal setting is to declare someone innocent because he is innocent (cf., Deut. 25:1, NASB).