Treasuring Jesus Christ
In Mark 10:17-27, a rich young man comes to Jesus with the most important question that one can ask:“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus tells him to follow the law as it relates to other people. When the young man replies that he has kept all of these commandments from his youth, Jesus offers one more command: “Go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” This commandment is the first and greatest commandment to love God supremely (you shall have no other gods besides me), and what it looks like is following or treasuring Jesus more than all other riches. It is by treasuring Jesus above all else that we exalt and exult in the supremacy of God in all things. To treasure Jesus is to confess our (spiritual) bankruptcy and is therefore the only true response to the Gospel of God, being synonymous with a living and true faith. Our goal as a church is to lead one another to a supreme delight in God. God has disclosed Himself in none other than Jesus Christ (“that in everything [Christ] might be preeminent. For in [Christ] all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,” Colossians 1:18-19). Therefore, we will encourage one another to a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ. Accordingly, we will exhort one another to forsake the fading pleasures of sin for the fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore in and through Christ.
As God has and will always exist in the perfect and loving community of Father, Son, and Spirit, so God has created human beings for community with Him and with others. Though sin has severed and perverted this most precious design, it is being restored because of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ by His Holy Spirit through the body of Christ (John 17:20-26; Acts 2:42-47; 1 John 1:1- 4). We believe the community of God in Christ to be diverse in many ways among its members, yet united as one body by one spirit with one hope, one lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all (Ephesians 4:4-6). Fundamental to this community is the command of Christ to love one another. This Gospel love is a glad, sacrificial love for one another; modeled after the cross of Christ, aimed at our edification and joy in God (John 13.34-35; 15:9-17). We seek to nurture this community by offering community groups. These groups will aim at the spiritual growth of all believers until we all attain to “the unity of faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).
Loving the World
God created the world, making every nation, tribe, tongue and people group, and even apportioned for us our place in it (Acts 17:24-27). And God loves the world, which He demonstrated in the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ as the savior of sinners, and the firstborn from the dead (John 3:16; Colossians 1:15,18). The most loving thing that God could do for sinners all over the globe is to turn their hearts to himself through Jesus Christ by the Spirit of God. This God has done, and so Christ’s followers are commissioned by Christ’s sovereign authority to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:18-20), and this to the end of this age. Our proclamation of and labors for Christ are foremost in our love for the world as it hears and sees God and His glory. in this way, this church will seek to do good to the peoples of Greater Boston, Massachusetts, New England, the United States of America, and all the peoples of the globe both in our local community and to the ends of the earth. We will do this by exhorting our members to daily labors of gospel love and to the maturity of a bold and humble faith, intentionally ministering the gospel indiscriminately, planting new gospel churches in areas of utmost need, and encouraging and replenishing existing gospel churches.