We Strive

We Strive

We have one goal: since all our hope is found in what Jesus did on the cross and in his resurrection and ascension our one goal is to see Jesus face to face with the joy of knowing we will enjoy him forever. We strive for this one goal in three ways: Gospel, Mission, and Community.

In our conversations, we strive to bring the Gospel front and center, whether speaking with someone who doesn’t know Jesus or encouraging a believer who needs to remember the gospel. It is the center point of all our preaching, teaching, and counseling. It is the message upon which everything we are and everything we do rests.

Mission consists of focusing the gospel or Jesus’ ministry of reconciliation on five primary areas where we are broken the most: in our relationship with God, in our relationships with other people, in tensions between ethnicities, in those addicted to specific sins, and in those who are suffering or have suffered loss.

Mission takes place through relationships or in Community. The members of The Exchange strive to build community workplaces, schools, and city. More than these places, however, we strive to build community in our homes. This means spending time with neighbors, close and extended family, co-workers, and anyone else who wants to come over for dinner or a movie so that we can minister the gospel word to one another with the certain hope of one day seeing Jesus face-to-face.

In this endeavor, we hold to these core values:

The Bible–2 Timothy 3:16-4:4; 2 Peter 1:3-4, 16-21; Nehemiah 8:1-12

Prayer–Psalm 5:2; Matthew 5:44, 6:6ff; 9:38; 26:41; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; 1 Timothy 2:8

The Gospel–Romans 1:16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10

Mission–Matthew 28:18-20; John 20:21-23; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21

Community–Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-37; Hebrews 10:19-31; 1 John 1:7; Jeremiah 29:4-7

Love–Leviticus 19:17-18; Luke 10:27-28; 1 Corinthians 13