The Gospel is God’s message of good news; good news that Jesus Christ came to live, die, and rise again for the forgiveness of sin to bring redeemed sinners under God’s gracious reign for the renewal of all things. Jesus changes everything and is for everyone, both believers and not yet-believers. He gives his disciples a new identity, a new record, and a new future. The gospel is the driving center of everything we are and everything we do as a church.
We are not meant to follow Jesus on our own, but as a community of faith. We were made for community—relationship with God and with each other. The local church is not merely a place that we attend but a people to whom we belong. The Bible calls us members of the body (1 Corinthians 12:12-31) with the expectation that we contribute to the body for the glory of God and the good of His people.
Boston is the city to which we have been called. This is where we live. This is where we show others the love of Christ. Working for the renewal of the city means discovering your purpose and vision for joining in God's restorative work in the world through your life. Every one of us is sent by Jesus into the world to bring the kingdom, steward the gifts and resources he has given us for human flourishing, and to model His servant love to those around us. Our mission is to glorify God through our worship and our everyday lives. There is no greater joy in life than to enjoy God’s presence and to make Him known.
Life consists of constant worship. Every thought, word, desire and deed involves the ascribing of worth and value—glory. Each attitude, affection and activity is an expression of our allegiance, whether to our Creator or His creation. God alone is worthy of our worship.
Jesus never intended for us to live the Christian life and follow Him out of our own strength and power. Even Jesus waited for the Spirit to come upon Him before He launched His ministry. Jesus teaches and instructs us to pray. Prayer is helping us continually call up on the Lord, proclaim his goodness and worthiness to the world, and invite him to do a new thing in our lives, in our community, and in our city. We believe the church is at its best when it prays.
Buildings, programs and methods do not define church. We are the church as we deepen our commitment and connection to Christ. Therefore, our growth as a church is the result of knowing Jesus through immersion in His word, prayer, communion, fellowship and song. Our emphasis is growth that results from people hearing and being changed by the gospel, not simply growth from attracting spectators or attendees.