Our Mission: To build Christ-centered lives for God’s Kingdom.
Our Vision: We envision an expanding group of passionate Christ-followers, renewed by God, and empowered to make a difference with our families and friends, in our cities and in the world.
To this end, we as a church have three imperatives for our ministry:
- Reach – We share the good news of Jesus Christ in creative and winsome ways.
- Renew – We seek to have our lives changed and molded around God’s truth
- Respond – We use our gifts and talents to serve Christ in the world
Jesus told his followers to love God with their heart, soul, mind, and strength. To be faithful to Jesus’ call in our lives, we have four basic behaviors that we follow here at Wilshire Avenue.
Sunday Morning Worship (Heart) – We participate in worship services to connect with God and one another.
Personal Bible Reading and Prayer (Soul) – We seek God daily through the personal disciplines of Bible reading and prayer.
Life Groups (Mind) – We gather weekly in small groups to discuss Sunday’s message and apply the Scriptures to our lives.
Service (Strength) – We use our gifts and talents to serve God both in the church and in the world.
We also acknowledge that we live in a pluralistic age. With so many doctrines and belief systems swirling around us it can be confusing and overwhelming. How do we sort our way through this maze of beliefs? A good rule of thumb that has been used for centuries among Christians is:
In essential beliefs, we have unity (Ephesians. 4:4-6). In non-essential beliefs, we have liberty (Romans 14:1). In all things, we show love (1 Corinthians 13:2).
Which only raises the question:
“What are the essential doctrines or beliefs of the Christian faith?”
Of course, there are a number of distinctive practices and beliefs that set followers of Christ apart from each other. It wouldn’t be wise or loving to ignore or dismiss those differences. There is something worth learning from all of them. Some followers of Jesus choose to emphasize holiness, others grace, while still others expresses loyalty to a certain historical leader or a particular style of church organization. Each expression of faith has played an important part in the rich history of the church.
But some people are surprised to learn that historically there has always been a broad area of consensus regarding Christian belief. There have been a number of attempts to express this consensus in writing. Generally these efforts tend to focus on seven essential beliefs: