The church of Jesus Christ is a miracle, brought into being by His creative power. It is the recipient of His love—the delight of His heart and the heir of His glory. It is the living embodiment of His intention for the world. And it is the herald of His grace—the bearer of His redemptive purposes into every time and culture, and unto the ends of the earth.
“The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams, but God is the fountain. These are but drops; but God is the ocean.” Jonathon Edwards, "The Christian Pilgrim,"
In short, the PATH church is all about God and it is our desire to help people LIVE , WALK, and SHARE the glory of God in all areas of life.
TRUTH and LOVE of JESUS
The PATH church is committed to the two pillars of loving God and Loving people. This can only be done through knowing the truth2of who He is as revealed in Scripture and the love He shows. The gospel—the good news that in Jesus Christ, God has graciously acted to bring salvation to a sin-marred world—is the redemptive hope of the church. The church exists not only as a recipient of the mission of God, but also as a foretaste of it.
For our NEIGHBORS and the NATIONS
The people of God were never meant to run and hide. The church is to go into the fullness of the culture, bearing the fullness of the gospel, for the purposes of redemption. The PATH Church seeks to follow Jesus into every sphere of creation not as an angry movement of conquest but as a hopeful movement of redemptive love; seeking not to triumph over its neighbors, but to work for their good. We are here to live, walk and share the truth and love of Jesus Christ into the fullness of culture, bearing the fullness of the gospel, and yet doing so for the purposes of redeeming love.
1 THE CHURCH IN OUR TIME: NURTURING CONGREGATIONS OF FAITHFUL PRESENCE
Charlottesville, Virginia October 2011
2 John 8:32; 14:6, 13; 18:37; Ephesians 4:15; because no one is saved except " through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth" 2 Thessalonians 2:13