What we believe shapes what we do.
The Cornerstone at UTA is Christian ministry. Christians are the followers of Jesus Christ, a man born in Bethlehem about 2000 years ago and whose life, even now, shapes modern society, culture and daily life. There has never been and never will be anyone who has had as much of an impact on the world. This man evidently was no ordinary man. He claimed in his teaching, which we and many others follow and believe to be truth, that he himself was God.
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The whole Bible, beginning with the account of creation, teaches us who God is and what His character is like. We learn about the world God created to enjoy with us, ruined by death, disease and wrong-doing, and how a savior, Jesus was prophesied centuries before He was born. It's a pretty crazy narrative and this Jesus sounds pretty cool right?
Well, He was! In the accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John which are supported by hundreds of other historical documents, such as Josephus, we learn about Jesus' life and teaching. He concreted the idea of God's triune nature, God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit. As you can imagine He lived an incredible life. He asked God for the ability to heal the sick and feed the hungry and to change people’s lives. But He didn’t do that just because he wanted to do amazing things. Instead, He did these things to show us that God loves us and to be with us wherever we go no matter how broken or messed up we are.
So Jesus, working as God on earth obviously established His ultimate rule and authority, right?
Jesus broke our understanding of what it meant to have power and authority. Jesus came to serve us. God saw how broken His creation was and His response was to humiliate Himself. Not just by doing something simple, like healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out demons, or even washing feet of those He created but He came to pay the ultimate price. He came to pay the debt of sin by dying.
Jesus Christ, at the peak of His life, when He had thousands of followers and made the religious leaders jealous, submitted to the plan and was beaten and hung on a cross. He wanted to tell you so badly that He loves you that he died so you could understand and accept the love that God wants to give you.
This would be a pretty sad ending if that was the end. Fortunately it's not. Three days later, after being confirmed dead by the Roman soldiers who had executed Him and placed in Him a guarded and sealed tomb, Jesus rose from the dead! Jesus appeared to His disciples, even though they had abandoned Him in fear, and hundreds of others, not in a vision but in the physical, he ate and drank with them!
Jesus had conquered sin and death and was now preparing to leave the world in the hands of his disciples. Before Jesus ascended to heaven he promised the Holy Spirit to his disciples, the same spirit that filled Jesus when He was baptized by John. This spirit, sent by God, would equip the the disciples, the Body of Christ, for the mission that Jesus had prepared them for. He would be a comforter and helper, binding all believers together as a family.
Jesus commissioned his disciples telling them to go to all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey all that he had commanded His disciples, promising that He would be with them until the end of the age. This is the time that we live in. Jesus, God the Son, is seated in heaven, interceding on our behalf, and God the Father has sent God the Spirit, to work in and through us, those who decide to lay down their broken lives and receive the gift of God.
This gift of God, the salvation of our souls, is a free gift and is simply accepted by faith alone, there is nothing we can do to earn our salvation. Jesus asks that we place Him as the Lord of our lives, essentially making Him and His commands more important than ourselves and our desires. This is what it means to be a Christian and this is who we are. : ]
How we work demonstrates who we are.
he did these things to show us how to live a life that makes an impact on the people around us.
He is the perfect example of how to live life and to do so well.
Jesus is the example we as Christians follow because we want to be closer to God and to show are love to God through what we say and do. When we do this, God empowers us to keep going. To heal the sick. To feed the hungry. To love on others around us. This is why we do what we do.
Our responsibility as His disciples.
What we do is how we express ourselves as a family.
We have plans. There is stuff that we organize and plan to do on a regular basis. However these 'programs' are not like the programs computers run. We don't want monotonous, repetitive or soulless, rather we desire that everything we do would be new, fresh, unique, full of life, love and family. We want every single thing we do to bring glory to God therefore our heart should be in it.
These are the core values and motivations that we have for doing all that we do. You can read more about what we believe at our church website. We are the college ministry of Grace Community Church, so even if you're not a college-aged young adult, we still want you to be a part of the wider fellowship we have as the Body of Christ.