The following distinctives define our identity and explains who we are and what we strive to become:
The Gospel is not only to be understood as the power of God that saves sinners through Jesus Christ's substitutionary death, but also the power of God that sanctifies us and transform us (Romans 12:1-2). The Gospel is our lifeline; our only hope and the only way the Church can functionally live out our calling as a holy, righteous, unified, and loving family. This understanding is critical, so we would not lean on human efforts cloaked in religious clothing and be void of the supernatural power that changes lives. The Church, like Capitol Hill, may have power to create laws, but it has no power to change the heart. Calvary Hill, where Jesus died, is the ultimate power that changes us from the inside out and empowers us to love all peoples, serve all peoples, equip all peoples for the joy of all peoples. That's why we want to create a culture where the Good News of Jesus is central in our preaching/teaching, our community groups, our fellowship, our outreaches, and whatever we do, so that we would not lean on human efforts cloaked in religious clothing. We need the power of God. We long for a Gospel saturated culture.
Disciple making Commitment
Jesus made our mission clear when he commanded in Matthew 28:18-20 "to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them...teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you." A disciple is a learner and we are all apprentices of Jesus striving to be like him until he returns, whether we are new or older followers of Jesus (Philippians 3:7-16). We are committed to the mission of making disciples in the power of the Holy Spirit combining grace and Truth in the context of a committed community. This is a hill we are constantly climbing.
We desire to magnify the beauty of God by being a multiethnic tapestry of races, ethnicities, and cultures woven together by our core identity in Jesus and not in our cultural or individual preferences. We value all cultures, races, and ages, and rejoice in our differences, as God has created us all in His image (Genesis 1:26), desires to bless all peoples of the earth (Genesis 12:2), adopts us (Romans 8:14-17; Galatians 4:4-7; Ephesians 1:5; 2:19-22), commissions us to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19), and maintains our unique ethnic makeup even in heaven (Revelations 7:9-10). We understand that it is human nature to gravitate towards what we are most familiar with and builds walls of security and comfort. But the Lord Jesus Christ broke down ethnic, racial, and cultural dividing barriers to unite all peoples to himself (Ephesians 2:11-22) to display his supernatural power that unites radically different people. So, our hope is for the world to witness the beauty and power of Jesus in our unity in diversity.
Multiplying Locally and Globally
We believe that the Church is a Holy Spirit empowered movement and not a "ship" chained safely in a harbor. The Church exists to be on Jesus's mission to make disciples to fulfill God's plan "for all the families of the earth to be blessed" (Genesis 12:3) and "for the earth to be filled with the knowledge of glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea" (Habakkuk 2:14). We want what God wants where justice, mercy, goodness, and lovingkindness reign wherever He reigns. Therefore, our goal of making disciples is done best by planting other like minded churches, who will plant churches that plant churches. Our dream is plant churches with the same DNA locally and globally.