Sunday worship at 1:00pm in the Education Chapel

Our Vision

Pursuing happiness in Christ together.

True happiness is rooted not in circumstances, things, or people but in one person: Jesus Christ. When we are in relationship with Jesus Christ, we find complete happiness. This is why Paul lived his life crucified with Christ and trusting in Him. The love of Christ shown in His death and resurrection is what makes us happy when circumstances may disappoint and fail us. Jesus illustrated this truth in John 15:

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit....These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
— John 15:1-2, 11 (ESV)

Healthy relationships are growing relationships. Growing relationships are connected relationships. A healthy branch has fruit growing on it. Fruit can only be grown on a branch when the branch is connected to the vine, receiving all that it needs from the vine. This is what Jesus calls discipleship and discipleship happens together. The "you" in John 15:5 addresses not one person but a community of people.

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing....By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
— John 15:5, 8 (ESV)

We are called to go into the world to testify to Christ's saving love. When we testify to Christ's love in the world, it is not a choice we first made for God, but it is choice made in response to God's incarnational love for us. Loving one another in a world that doesn't need to reciprocate can be difficult, but Christ has given us a Helper who will not only help us in testifying to this great love, but who Himself will testify along with us. The message is clear: we are not alone in this calling and God Himself will thoroughly equip us for the calling. This is why the love we share with people in this world does not need reciprocation, because the Holy Spirit will help us be happy with the love that God gives to us as we fulfill this high calling.

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another. If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you....But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.
— John 15:16-18, 26-27 (ESV)