this is us.
Every now and then we like to revisit what our core values are as a church. Our current series, “This is Us,” will spend five weeks looking at our Mission of “We Follow Jesus” and how that looks through the values of Abide in Jesus, Pass The Baton, Go Together, and Heat and Light. Join us every Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Center for the Arts. Or if you can’t be with us, check out our podcasts.
we follow jesus.
what we're about.
We exist to bring glory to God through the ministry of reconciliation as outlined in Colossians 1:18 and 2 Corinthians 5:11-21. Everything we do, corporately or individually, serves to proclaim His name and His goodness to a broken and hurting world. As the well-known hymn by Edward Mote says, "My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name." Everything we do, everything we are, and everything we strive for revolves around Christ. He came to live the life that we are unable to live. And He died the death that we deserve to die. Our lives are forever changed by that truth, and that is good news.
what it means.
It's ok not to be ok. Hurting and broken people are not excluded from the church, they are the church. When we gather together for OBJC supper clubs, corporate worship, or special events, we do so not as people who have it all together but as people who have a common need for a savior. His name is Jesus.
Our DNA statements are a concise way to express what we are all about. They are at the absolute core of who we are. Setting one of our DNA statements above the others is tough, but if we had to do it we would make "Abide in Jesus" the foundation. The importance of abiding in Jesus cannot be overemphasized—everything else flows from this core value. In teaching us to abide, Jesus gives us a beautiful analogy that well describes our reality. We are grafted in to Him when we become believers, we are adopted, we draw our life from Him, and that relationship transforms our life and our world.
We Abide in Jesus. We believe in the Bible. We devote ourselves to Him. We rest in his unchanging quality. He is our hope, our song, and our desire.
We Pass the Baton. We engage with upcoming generations of Christians in the knowledge that they are future leaders of the church.
We Are Heat and Light. In Matthew 5:14, Jesus' tells his people that they are a city on a hill. We long to reflect Christ to our community.
We Go Together. As people made in the image and likeness of God, we are deeply relational and we long to live in authentic community together.