Stettler Alliance Church Vision Statement
Our church vision statement is: “We are created in Christ to Know, Grow, and Go”. We believe the Christian life is simple, but not necessarily easy. The desire of God for every person is to experience the depth of His love by first entering into relationship with Him through Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. Christ died in our place, taking on himself the sins of the world, including yours and mine, and He was raised to life (resurrected) to offer us forgiveness, eternal life and purpose. Having received Christ as lord and Savior, we are adopted into God’s heavenly family! We are called to Know Christ in an intimate way, inviting Him to walk with us in our daily lives as we draw close to Him in worship, prayer, and spiritual intimacy. We are called to Know our identity as believers, to walk in freedom from sin and shame, to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit as He continually cleanses us and fills us with His presence. We are called to Know our purpose in this life by discovering the Spiritual Gifts that He has given each of His children for the purpose of strengthening His people towards spiritual maturity, and to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to a lost, hurting and dying world.
We are also called to Grow in our faith. Once we enter into relationship with Christ (we call this salvation, or being “saved”, or being “born again”), we are called to continue on in our faith. Like a seedling that shoots out of the ground, we need spiritual nourishment to grow in our faith and become mature followers of Jesus Christ. There are many facets to growing in our faith, but some of the more important elements are: studying God’s Word, engaging in authentic worship, connecting with other believers for prayer and fellowship, allowing Christ to mold and shape our heart and character to become more like Him through faith and obedience. A very important part of growing in our faith is to be in Christian community – as we worship, pray, learn, serve and resolve differences together, our faith is strengthened faster and stronger – there is no such thing as a “Lone Ranger” Christian, we are designed to live in relationship with other believers and to grow together – not just in our individual Christian lives.
Finally, we are called to Go. The Good News of Christ’s death and resurrection to give us new life is good news indeed, and designed to share with others. Jesus’ first words after His resurrection included thiswonderful phrase: “Go and tell my brothers…”. When He gathered the disciples together after the resurrection, He gave them these final instruction: “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations...” and it was a joyful command! Everyone in the world should hear this good news – His death is the key to forgiveness from sin, His resurrection is the key to eternal life and power for living a victorious Christian life – we definitely have great news to share! It is a typically “Canadian” approach to avoid intruding into the lives of others and to avoid being “in your face” with our Christian faith. We desire to share the good news in a way that is relevant and friendly – so we believe that a crucial part of the command to Go is to build relationships with people in genuine friendship, love and compassion. We believe that people don’t care what you know, until they know that you care – so we believe the best approach to sharing the good news is to be authentic in our Christian life and simply inviting others around us to experience the love of Christ as well.
For some bible passages that inspired this vision statement, you can go to:
1 Timothy 2:1-5;
2 Peter 1:3-8;
1 John 3:2-6;
Ephesians 4:15-16; 2
1 Peter 2:2;
1 Peter 3:18;