Where the mission of the Church is solid, static and not open for change, the vision is a growing and flexible understanding of God’s specific purpose for our local body in our local context.
Our vision is to be a church that faithfully gathers and scatters, edifies and evangelizes, builds community and burdens itself with Christ’s commission for the Greater Fort Lee area and beyond. We hope to cherish our vision thru Gospel-centered & Gospel-driven weekly corporate gatherings, community groups, community engagement, church planting, and missional lifestyles that reflect our missional Savior, Jesus.
CHRIST, COMMUNITY, REDEMPTION, RENEWAL
Christ is the epicenter of our lives and our church. Nothing else compares to Him. Scripture makes it crystal clear that all of creation and history is about Jesus, “For from him and through him and to him are all things” (Romans 11:36a & Colossians 1:16). He is the Son of God—the One who lived a perfect life, died in the place of sinful people like us, and then rose from the dead. His work on the cross brings forgiveness of sins, salvation, and eternal life to everyone who repents and places his/her trust in Him. That’s the gospel, and that’s why we make much of Jesus Christ in every sermon, song, ministry, meeting, relationship… It’s all about Jesus Christ.
The Gospel is clear that life in Christ involves being saved from sin and condemnation, but it also involves being saved from alienation. Through Christ’s work, we are brought from isolation into relationship—relationship with God (vertically) and relationship with others (horizontally). In the Old Testament, God declares, “I will be your God and you shall be my people” (Leviticus 26:12, Jeremiah 30:22). In the New Testament, Jesus teaches His disciples to direct their prayers toward “Our Father.” In other words, through the Gospel, God welcomes us into His community—His family. And it’s in this family where we find community with other people. Jesus still intends for His disciples to gather in communities (churches) where they can learn, live, grow, and work together on a shared mission.
The Gospel brings radical freedom. Because of Christ’s work, we go from being prisoners and slaves to free men, women, and children. In other words, we’re redeemed by Jesus, our great Redeemer! In Him we’re freed from sin, condemnation, and death, and we’re freed to pursue holiness, love God, and love others as we follow Jesus on His mission.
The Gospel of grace brings transformation. Through Christ we are given an entirely new identity. This results in a new life with new desires, affections, and purpose, all lived out in a new community on a new mission. And as we experience daily renewal in our lives both individually and as a community, we in turn also become agents of renewal in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, cities, and beyond. As a community of transformed (and transforming) disciples of Jesus, Maranatha Grace is committed to serving and renewing the Greater Fort Lee area by spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through word and deed.