We consider reaching people who do not know God personally one of our greatest responsibilities. Our ministries are for people at all stages in their spiritual journey but we always lean in the direction of those who do not yet have a genuine relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Our ministries focus on six values:
Relentless Grace-God never gives up on you and neither will we.
Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. Grace is God’s un-coerced initiative of extravagant demonstrations of love, care, and favor. We say that God loves us right where we are and offers us life through what He has done for us. No one is beyond the grace offered to us in Jesus Christ. Therefore, we will orient our church and our individual lives so as to be givers of grace that leads every person toward an opportunity to encounter and respond to Jesus.
Romans 3:22-24, Ephesians 1:7, Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 5:17
Biblical Truth-The Bible is God’s Word and the final authority in all we believe and do.
We believe the Bible is the absolute and final authority on all matters of truth, correction and direction. The scriptures are inerrant in their original writings, infallible in their instruction, eternal in duration, and sufficient for counsel in every issue of life. The Bible is completely trustworthy as a guide to salvation and the life of faith and will not fail to accomplish its purpose. There are no other writings similarly inspired by God. Therefore, developing a biblically literate congregation is essential if we are to make disciples who make disciples – which is why the careful study and application of the Scriptures are foundational to all we do as a church.
Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Colossians 1:5,6, Ezra 7:10, John 15:7, Mark 4:26-29
Hope-Filled Experiences-Encountering the love of God through the people of God.
We believe Jesus is the hope of the world and everything about our gatherings should reflect the hope we find in Christ. Just as God took the initiative to show us how valuable we are, we will take the initiative to show others how valuable they are. As we have been loved, we will love; as we have been welcomed, we will welcome; as we have been encouraged, we will encourage; as we have been forgiven, we will forgive; and as we have been brought from death to life, we will joyfully show others in whom that life is found. Our gatherings should be the most alive place people can be. After all Jesus said that He came to give life in all its fullness Therefore, through our attitudes and actions we will demonstrate the hope we have found in Christ. We will be welcoming, real, and ready, creating signs of a promised future – here and now.
Forward Movement-Growth through Next Steps.
Christians are called to grow and mature. We encourage our members to grow mentally, emotionally, relationally and spiritually. A growing Christian will mature in the faith, discover their spiritual gifts, put them into practice through serving, and develop a heart for the lost. Therefore, we will encourage every person to take their next step in their relationship with God, with the church, and with others. Likewise, Mountain West Church will grow numerically and in its vibrancy as a spiritual community. John 10:10
Unified Diversity-Coming together around the Gospel.
We believe every person is loved and valued by God. We are different colors, different ages, different socio-economic statuses but we lay down the titles the world uses to describe us and instead choose to do life together as brothers and sisters, God’s family, praying for and caring for each other. It is our hope that the things that ultimately define us are those that speak to the needs of the entire human race, not only specific ethnic or demographic ones. Therefore, we stress spiritual concerns such as forgiveness, redemption, significance, peace, meaning, truth, and reconciliation above styles, tastes, and partialities. We willfully set aside our personal preferences and intentionally find a path forward together. We gather together as Christ’s Body no matter the age, income, demographic, or race.
1 Peter 4:10; Colossians 3:17, Revelation 7:9, Acts 10:34-35
Authentic Relationships-The quality of our lives is determined by the quality of our relationships.
We truly experience the reality of Jesus Christ as we are in community with others who are seeking to know Him. What we receive from God is always matured, tested, developed and applied in relationship with others. Authentic relationships allow us to know one another deeply and to be known. Through intentional relationships we share and encourage each other toward spiritual growth, develop deep friendships, and find accountability. Therefore, loving relationships will be found in every area of our church’s life. We will also seek to build authentic relationships and friendships with those who don’t yet know Jesus.
Colossians 3:12-14, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10