OurMission

Jesus said the greatest commandment is "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Luke 10:27)

We believe that everything we ought to do falls under this simple mission:

Love God. Love neighbors.

When people asked Jesus who our neighbors are, he responded with the story of the Good Samaritan, which illustrates that everyone is our neighbor. As Neighborhood Church, we are to love everyone.

BeingPeacemakers

Human beings were created to extend peace.  In the Old Testament, the word shalom means peace, well-being, harmony, prosperity, and much more.  God created humans to be peace-makers, shalom-makers.  Our task is to help other people and the world around us to thrive.  Whenever you bring order, beauty, or abundance to the world around you, you are making shalom


“Wanting God’s best for the people around you” is a brief way to define love according to the Bible.  So, being a peacemaker for others can be summed up in the word love.  Love is all about prioritizing other people’s shalom over your own. 


Unfortunately, all of us act in ways that are self-centered.  We end up trying to make ourselves thrive instead of prioritizing God’s mission of extending peace to other people and the whole creation.     


What word describes our own self-centeredness?  Sin. 


Most people view sin as “doing bad things.”  Really, though, sin means thinking of yourself first.  We all are designed to think of God’s desires first.  And God’s desires are for us to extend peace to others first, to be people of love.  So, when we think of ourselves first we are missing God’s plan.  When we act out of our own self-interest, what we do hurts others, ourselves, and God.  You can describe the actions we take as “bad,” but at the core, sin is simply putting yourself first. 


All of us put ourselves first from time to time, but Jesus shows us how to live a life of love.  By choosing to follow His way and put Him first, we are united with Him, and forgiven for being self-centered.  Then, we are free to be the way God wanted us to be—to be peacemakers, to be people of love. 


Now, instead of only contributing to the brokenness of the world, we are able to contribute to its restoration.  We can be people who put others first (love).  We can make the world more orderly, beautiful, and abundant—we can be peacemakers. 


What'sNext?

We know that we are each on a journey along the Way. Just as a physical journey is made up of steps, our spiritual journeys develop over time. We use a map to remind us of what our next steps are.

Typically the first step in getting connected at Neighborhood Church is to join our Sunday Worship Celebration at 10:30 am. We call this step "Celebrate," as we join together and celebrate the new life we find in Jesus.

The second step in our journey together as a church is to Accompany each other along the way. We do so through our home groups that meet on a weekly basis. We don't just come together to be stationary, but to accompany each other along our spiritual journey.

The third step we take together is to Serve, both by serving our community and serving others in our church. God has given each person skills, talents, gifts, and a unique personality. We each play an important part in our church and the world around us. We value finding ways to serve our church and the community around us.

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