“You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”          Morpheus to Neo in The Matrix 

That has to be one of the best lines in film history. It’s universally understood. Everyone has seen The Matrix and all of us would like to believe that given the chance, we’d choose the red pill.

The truth is, we’re offered that choice all the time. The blue pill life of self service and comfort is always there for the taking. The red pill life of self sacrifice, for the sake of Christ and the benefit of others, is often overwhelming.  Still, there is something in us that wants to live for something greater than us, even if it’s harder. This tension persists and irritates, “like a splinter in your mind,” to again quote Morpheus.

This past Sunday, we called our church family to choose to be “red pill people.” We talked about the vision to which God is calling us and what it will take to get there.  We also went through our vision statement and core values, which are listed below.

Only time will tell if we’ll have the faith to enter God’s promised land for us or whether we’ll end up wandering in the proverbial desert, having succumbed to our problems, obstacles, and fear. Many of us are betting our lives that the Spirit of Christ within us will win out over our human nature, in the end. Thankfully, Jesus said that all that is required of us is a small amount of faith in a really big God. Now that’s doable; difficult at times – but definitely doable.

Our Foundation 

Jesus Christ crucified and resurrected, by the power of God 

Our Vision 

We exist to build a God honoring church filled with thousands of changed lives

Our Mission 

Moving people toward Christ 

Our Way 

We start conversations that lead to turning points, one person at a time.

Our Core Values 

We believe in a great commitment to the greatest commandments and the great commission.

We believe that people deserve to be treated the way God feels about them.  

We believe that the proper response to the cross is to become a generous sower

We believe in empowering the next generation to take ownership of the church

We believe that everything is an experiment. 

We believe that people should discover and serve from their SHAPE

We believe in having a culture of mutual submission

We believe that every member is a minister

We’re not trying to build a ministry.We’re trying to build a family.

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