our mission, vision, and values
We are all on a journey back to God, and finding your way back isn’t a step-by-step process that happens all at once. That journey sometimes happens in fits and spurts, but it always lasts a lifetime. Because of that, we believe that finding our way back to God is what happens anytime we discover Jesus anew, become like Jesus more, or do what Jesus did.
These moments of discovering, becoming, and doing can take place at any point on one’s spiritual journey. We are community committed to helping people find these embrace these moments.
We strive toward a world where the entire Boston metro area has the opportunity to encounter the love of Jesus. This means working to share this love as a church community through how we live and worship.
This vision is also bigger than our singular church community. So, we partner with other communities and organizations who are busy doing the work of sharing God’s love in word and deed.
Our six values inform how we live into our mission and vision as a community. These are who we are as we follow Jesus together.
We are Apprentices of Jesus who embrace the radical, counter-cultural lifestyle of the Messiah. We are Good News People who are dedicated to proclaiming the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We are Just and Compassionate in our pursuit of God’s shalom for the world. We are a Joyful Community who love celebrating what God is doing in our world. We are a Local Expression of the Kingdom that aims to reflect the demographic make-up of our community.
These six values inform the decisions we make, the partnerships we form, and the goals we set as a Jesus community. They're our DNA.
We believe Jesus sends the church to carry out his mission of reconciling a lost world through Jesus. The Bible speaks of the church as Christ’s body where Jesus is the head. The church is commissioned to both care for those who are christian as well as meet the needs that exist in the community and world.
We believe there is one divine being who has existed eternally as three distinct but equal persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the maker of all things visible and invisible. The Bible reveals the story of God, Creation, the Fall, and God’s restoration of his creation. It is accurate, complete, and reliable for matters of faith and conduct in the church.
We believe that God has graciously provided the means to reconcile our broken lives and world in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the hero of the entire story. He is the eternal and divine Son of God who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He lived a sinless life as we should have and died the death we deserved on the cross. He rose from the dead three days later to rescue us from sin and conquer death. After appearing to witnesses on a number of occasions, He ascended into heaven where He now serves as the mediator between God and humanity. Jesus will again return to earth to complete his eternal rescue plan. We believe this Good News of Jesus is available to everyone.
We believe that in the beginning of time, God created the heavens and the earth and everything in them. Throughout history, God has expressed God’s desire to have a personal, eternal relationship with creation.
We believe the first man and woman rebelled against God and vandalized the good, or shalom, of God’s created world. Every human being since that time has suffered the consequences of that rebellion: alienation from God, from others, from creation, and even from ourselves. This alienation from our Creator results in death. Furthermore, there is nothing we can do on our own to re-establish our relationship with him.
We believe the final chapter of God’s story is about the restoration of God’s creation. A new and better world is coming. Evil, death, and separation from God will be no more. We believe this is when heaven and earth will become one as God intended it.
We believe God gives us a new life, an eternal life, when we turn from our sin and allow Christ to be our Savior and King. A life guided aligned with him prioritizes community, scripture, prayer, worship, service, and generosity.