Mission in Western Henrico County:
For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. (Hebrews 13:14)
We are seeking to live as the body of Christ in worship, discipleship, and mission for the glory of God and the good of all people.
Vision and Values
So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2:41-47)
Biblical teaching for head and heart
The Church’s teaching centers on Jesus Christ. He has revealed God to us, and is thus the source and substance of our teaching and the key to our understanding of the Scriptures. The Bible contains all that we need for life and salvation, and, as God’s word, it is to be taught faithfully, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, by each generation of the Church. We learn and teach best by listening to the Christians of all ages, the Church universal. The goal of our teaching is not simply that we might know more, but instead that we might see God himself, and so we teach to the whole person, to the head and to the heart.
SPIRITUAL formation through sacrament and liturgy
We are formed and transformed by our habits and practices. We celebrate the sacraments regularly because they are a means of God’s own life and transformative work on our souls. In baptism, the Father, through the Spirit, acts upon us to clothe us in the Son. In the Eucharist, Christ gives us his own life. They are also habits or practices that reshape our minds and affections, for they remind us, and cause us to reenact, what we believe. The liturgy (the Church’s common prayers, worship, confessions, and readings) also works upon us so that we begin to think, feel, and act as the body of Christ, rather than as a isolated individuals separated from the One who created us.
A life of prayer together
Just as Jesus did throughout his earthly ministry, the early church devoted itself to prayer. Their prayers were not merely petitions, but instead included worship, confession, thanksgiving, affirmation, intercession, and petition. As the body of Christ, united in his life, the Church prays as Christ did, because it prays his prayers. He prayed not merely to strengthen his ministry or in times of difficulty, but because prayer is the point when the church enters (and bring others) into the presence of the Father. In the presence of the Father, his kingdom is realized and his will is done. As the body of Christ, the Church first prays corporately, and then individually. As disciples, the members of the Church pray what they have been taught to pray.
Care for those in need
The radical hospitality and generosity of the early church was the natural overflow of the fact that they had been made into one body and united in Jesus, and it mirrored Jesus’ own self-sacrifice, acceptance, and generosity. We treat others’ needs as our own because they are - for we are one body in Christ! The Church is also called to practice sacrificial care for those outside the Church, so that we might share the love of God with others, just as it has been shared with us. As the image of God, we are called to act like him, which means that we are to rescue those in need.