We embrace Jesus. Or, more simply put, we allow Him to embrace us with all of our flaws and imperfections. At our gatherings, we want to remind each other that God is open-armed toward us and that there is safety in reaching out to Him. All too often, the church is defined by rules, judgment, and guilt -- completely opposite of the central message of grace, love, acceptance, and forgiveness that Jesus brought. We keep everything centered on Jesus, not Christian culture.
The church, or Ecclesia, is Biblically defined as the gathering of the followers of Jesus. People - not a building, service, or denomination - are what makes up the Church of Jesus. We believe selflessly living life together brings experiences of true church and God’s love to the fullest. "Let me give you a new command: love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples -- when they see the love that you have for each other." (John 13:35, The Message)
Ultimately, we believe that God’s embrace of us and our embrace of each other is all for the purpose of embracing our community. We want to be known as a group of people making the plight of our community our own. It is when we are on mission together to bring grace and love to the community around us that we’ll paint a clear picture of Jesus to the world.