We value opportunities to connect with God and His truth through Scripture reading, teaching, prayer, and times of inspirational worship.
We value the image of God in all people, everywhere. We believe that we were created to live deeply with one another, carrying each others burdens, sharing our possessions, to pray for and confess our sins to each other, to suffer and celebrate together. It is in these honest, loving relationships that God transforms us and truth becomes a reality. The way of Jesus cannot be lived alone. 1
The “gospel” is the good news that through Jesus Christ’ life, death, and resurrection the power of God’s kingdom has entered history to renew the whole world. We take great joy in partnering with God in the “renewal of all things.” We believe that the church is Jesus’ ongoing presence in the world and so we are committed to sharing the gospel message and sacrificially serving our neighbors whether they believe as we do or not, expecting nothing in return.
We believe that God wants to bring about a new humanity by redeeming every part of us, an ongoing process that begins when we first believe and will come to completion when Christ returns to rule the earth. We embrace the salvation and eternal life Jesus offers as the only hope for the healing of our relationships with God, each other, ourselves, and creation. We believe that all of our fears, failures, and brokenness can be restored and made whole and that God has the power to make us into people that reflect His image into the world. 1
We have no illusions that our single church is sufficient to renew all of Massillon and beyond spiritually, socially, and culturally. We are therefore committed to partnering with other churches and organizations in order to maximize our impact on the world for God’s kingdom.