To be a group of people who radically love Jesus, each other, and the world.
For everyone in Albany to:
- Know someone who loves Jesus, others, and the world.
- Attend something that helps them love Jesus, each other, and the world.
- Become someone who loves Jesus, others, and the world.
We believe that Jesus is both human and divine. Jesus is God’s only Son, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, voluntarily died on the cross for every person’s sins, and was bodily raised from the dead. He ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father and acts as a mediator on our behalf. One day, Jesus will return and establish a new heaven and earth that will endure forever. (John 1:1-18; Acts 2:22-41; Philippians 2:1-11; 1 Peter 3)
We believe that the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. The Holy Spirit provides us power to overcome sin, insight into God’s Word, and personal direction in life. The Holy Spirit gives us the power and motivation to pursue spiritual maturity in Christ. Through the Holy Spirit we are given spiritual gifts to serve God and people. (Luke 11:13; John 16:13; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:11)
We believe that there is one true God, the Creator of the universe, who eternally exists in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God extends grace, but never compromises justice. (Matthew 28:19; John 1:1,14; John 14:26; 1 Peter 1:2)
We believe the Bible is God’s inspired Word and is given to provide instruction for what we should believe and how we should live our lives. We believe that the Bible is accurate and reliable, was written under direct inspiration from is to be followed by all Christians. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
We believe that a human being’s central purpose for existence is to have a close and personal relationship with God. We are created for that purpose. As humans we defied God, choosing to go our own independent way, and because of this were separated from Him. This separation took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since have been separated and are in need of God’s forgiveness and grace. We all can be forgiven by God and have a close, personal relationship with Him by believing that Jesus is God’s son, repenting of our sin, and confessing our faith in Jesus’ power to save us. In obedience we are immersed in water as an outward sign of our inner faith. There is no salvation from sin apart from Jesus. (John 3:16; Acts 2:38; Romans 3:23, 10:9; 1 John 1:9)
We believe that God has chosen the Church as his instrument of change in the world for this period of history. The Church is to accomplish its mission by modeling God’s love, telling the story of Jesus, and inviting all people to know Him. (Acts)
We love Albany
We partner with the great organizations, events, and projects that are already at work in Albany. We want to help Albany reach its highest potential. We enjoy living, eating, and playing in Albany.
We are understandable
We believe that the message of Jesus is for everyone. We work hard to make sure that people of all backgrounds, biblical understanding, and church experience, understand this timeless message.
We take next steps
As a church we have two important dual priorities:
- We want to be the most accepting place on the planet. Each week we want to make sure all people (regardless of sin, doubt, past, reputation, etc.) are welcomed with open loving arms.
- We want to help everyone take steps to better love Jesus, each other, and the world.
This creates messy, inconsistent chaos. We love it!
We are generous beyond reason
We believe that all we have, we have been given by God. We give to the church to help everyone to know, attend, and experience life change with Jesus, each other, and the world. We give to help the poor and the oppressed. We view our “stuff” (houses, cars, decks, food, etc.) as tools to love those around us.
We believe that children matter and will orient what we do to support their growth and nurturing:
- in the home.
- in our church.
- in Albany.
- around the world.
We multiply who we are
We believe that through being a group of people who love Jesus, each other, and the world around us that we will invite others to live transformed lives that are also more loving.