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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God's wrath against Israel continued to burn until Achor was punished. And the valley, in which Achan was executed and buried, was given a name of ignominy. Even so, the valley still remained a fertile area. But when Israel continued to sin, it was turned into a desolate place under God's judgment. In fact, Ezekiel's vision pointed out that the desolate condition of the valley represented the hopeless condition of Israel: the people of Israel were like dry bones: they were as dead as those bones, dry bones. Yet, God said He would turn it into a door of hope. How can that happen? How can these dry bones be brought back to life? How can they be born again, by water and the Spirit? Such cannot happen merely by God's decree. Even God with His almighty power cannot make those that are dead in trespasses and sins come alive again, just by waving His divine scepter, as it were. The sin problem has to be taken care of.
And it is in this context Jesus spoke these famous words: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16)! What did Jesus have to do in order to deliver His people from perishing and give them eternal life? "[A]s Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life" (John 3:14-15). This, of course, signified Jesus' crucifixion.