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MADISON ADDRESS

1702 S. Park St.
Madison, WI 53713

VERONA ADDRESS

108 Paoli St.
Verona, WI 53593

MAILING ADDRESS

PO Box 259913
Madison, WI 53725

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(608)819-6451

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Our Values

Gospel

The word gospel simply means “good news.” The central message of the Bible is the gospel, or good news, about the person and work of Jesus Christ. In 1 Corinthians 15:1– 4, Paul provides the most succinct summary of the gospel: the man Jesus is also God, or Christ, and died on a cross in our place, paying the penalty for our sins; three days later He rose to conquer sin and death and give the gift of salvation to all who believe in Him alone for eternal life. It has been rightly said that, as sinners, we are prone to pursue a relationship with God in one of two ways. The first is religion/spirituality and the second is the gospel. The two are antithetical in every way. Religion says that if we obey God He will love us. The gospel says that it is because God has loved us through Jesus that we can obey. Religion says that the world is filled with good people and bad people. The gospel says that the world is filled with bad people who are either repentant or unrepentant. Religion says that you should trust in what you do as a good moral person. The gospel says that you should trust in the perfectly sinless life of Jesus because He alone is the only good and truly moral person who will ever live. The goal of religion is to get from God such things as health, wealth, insight, power, and control. The goal of the gospel is not the gifts God gives, but rather God as the gift given to us by grace.

Religion is about what I have to do. The gospel is about what I get to do. Religion sees hardship in life as punishment from God. The gospel sees hardship in life as sanctifying affliction that reminds us of Jesus’ sufferings and is used by God in love to make us more like Jesus. Religion is about me. The gospel is about Jesus. Religion leads to an uncertainty about my standing before God because I never know if I have done enough to please God. The gospel leads to a certainty about my standing before God because of the finished work of Jesus on my behalf on the cross. Religion ends in either pride (because I think I am better than other people) or despair (because I continually fall short of God’s commands). The gospel ends in humble and confident joy because of the power of Jesus at work for me, in me, through me, and sometimes in spite of me. We are united by our common faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ, and our common belief that in Him we are changed and renewed. Because of this we seek to worship God in spirit and in truth. This is not based on a style or setting, but in the desire to bring all that I am to a God who is worthy of all of me.

Community

The Gospel is not just a message to be believed, but a power to be experienced. The gospel shapes a new community as those who were formerly God’s enemies are reconciled to Him and adopted into his family. We are not a place, but a people–a community that is continually being renewed by transforming power of the Gospel. As the Gospel transforms our hearts, minds, and lives we learn to grow in our love, service, and enjoyment of one another.

Mission

The Gospel does not merely call us into a relationship with Christ and one another, it also sends us out into the world on mission. The embodiment of the Gospel will be expressed in our love for the city as we seek its health and renewal.

 

Our Beliefs

Understanding Our Statement

Our statement of faith is simply an explanation of our foundational beliefs. It does not say everything that we believe is taught in the Bible. For sake of clarity we use the language of “closed hand” and “open hand” doctrines... Closed handed beliefs are those about which the Bible is abundantly clear and the Church throughout history has understood to be the core of true Christianity. These are nonnegotiable. Open hand beliefs are those on which Jesus-loving, Bible-trusting Christians can legitimately disagree. In closed hand beliefs, we have unity; in open hand beliefs, we have diversity; in all of our beliefs, we promote an attitude of boldness and humility. We do not expect that all those involved in our community will be at the same place on their spiritual journey. We are not interested in forcing anyone to move to another point in that journey. The Holy Spirit changes hearts, not us. People with any range of beliefs regularly come through our doors, and are welcomed. Anyone who wishes to become a member of the church must wholeheartedly subscribe to the entire statement of faith.

Our Statement of Faith

The Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. That there is one true, good, and living God who is of one substance, power, and eternal purpose yet eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. That God created all things visible and invisible for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom, and goodness. Both Adam and Eve were created equally in the image of God and without sin. Adam and Eve sinned in eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God. We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. We further affirm that whoever comes by the drawing of God through the invoking of the Holy Spirit will not be cast out. The Holy Spirit empowers spiritual gifts as God wills to His children. These gifts are designed to testify to the presence of the Kingdom and distributed to equip the saints for worship and ministry to build up the body of Jesus Christ. The Church consists of all who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for their eternal salvation and is the spiritual body of Christ. This includes all the redeemed of the ages, believers from among all peoples from every tribe, tongue, and nation. That Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are significant expressions of salvation, worship, and submission to God for the believer. The call and holy privilege of every child of God and of all churches of Jesus Christ is to go and make disciples of the nations. That Heaven is a real place of eternal blessedness prepared by God for those who have been saved by grace through the shed blood of Christ. We believe that Hell is a real place of eternal suffering for those whose names are not written in the book of life. We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom.