A Bible based church in Richmond, TX, where the Bible is taught clearly and directly. Neil McClendon lead pastor.
Our Four Core Values
By Gospel we mean the good news made available to us in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. What makes this good news is that God accomplished on the cross everything necessary to rescue us from what we deserve.
This reality makes change possible for us but it also makes relationship available to us. We believe the Gospel is how we are converted as well as the means by which we continue in the faith. As flawed yet forgiven people our desire is to subject everything in our lives to the truths of the Gospel. We believe this produces winsome, liberated, satisfied worshippers who love Christ and culture. Our desire is that in all things Christ would be preeminent and we believe that the Gospel is the means by which this is accomplished.
Being missional is to be intentional. To act and react to those around us with purpose is at the heart of mission. Because our worldview is shaped by the lens of Scripture, we understand the mission field to be our backyard, the soccer field where our kids play and our neighbors driveway – just as much as it is India, Costa Rica and Romania. At the core of our mission is Jesus' charge to make disciples of all nations. Therefore, we engage the culture with redemption, not just relief, in mind. Participation in what God is doing in the world is something each of us has been empowered and equipped to do. Whether we pray, send or go; each of us plays a part in God’s story of mission.
We are all created in the image of God, who is by nature, community. The Biblical expression of God is the Trinity- the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. The fact that God is a community of persons speaks to the undying need for us to connect not just with God, but with others. Community, the deep and spiritual connection with other people, is deep in each of our bones. This was perhaps best expressed when Jesus came to earth and quickly surrounded himself with twelve other men and committed to love them in such a way that after just a short amount of time with them, they were forever changed. Therefore, community is not just something that we “do” as a tack-on at the end of the day or at lunch (although that’s part of it). Instead, community is something that we intentionally pursue as something that is of the utmost importance. We believe this intentional pursuit of living life with others is essential to truth and transformation, first for us, then for those to whom God has called us.
When God set his affection on his people he rooted this relationship in blessing. His words to Abraham were, “I will bless you and you will be a blessing. Through you all the nations of the world will be blessed.” Because God has faithfully demonstrated this reality in our lives we are now empowered with the privilege of being to others what God has been to us. Whether through our efforts to alleviate poverty, to practice Spirit-led generosity or engage in international assistance we take serious the biblical mandate to be who the Bible says we are. All of these efforts are fueled by our desire to help others see God for who He really is and themselves for who they can be.