One of the best ways to determine what a Church believes is what actions it takes, that is, what it decides to do based on those beliefs. To understand what we believe at Re:new, it is important to understand these decisions that define us. To download a digital version of these decisions with biblical references, click here.
We have decided that teaching the gospel without demonstrating the gospel in love is not enough.
We have decided that having a good church club is not enough, good fellowship is not enough, and just being a member of that club is not enough.
We have decided that having good programs is not enough, that change without transformation is intolerable, and that staying where we are is not an option.
We have decided that singing songs without worshiping is empty, and having meetings without inviting and acknowledging God’s presence is pointless.
We have decided to let the Bible be our authority and guide for life; not opinions, preferences, or creeds.
We have decided that reading about the book of Acts without living the book of Acts is unthinkable.
We have decided that confident faith is good but bold faith is better.
We have decided to be a distribution center of God’s blessings, not just a warehouse.
We have decided to be Holy Spirit filled, led, and empowered – anything less doesn’t work for us.
We have decided to be the ones telling the stories of God’s power – not the ones only hearing about them.
We have decided that living saved but not supernatural is not living at all, and short of what Christ died for.
We have decided that we are a battle ship not a cruise ship, an army not an audience, Special Forces not spectators, missionaries not club members.
We have decided to be radical lovers and outrageous givers.
We have decided that we are a mission station and not a museum.
We have decided to meet people where they are – but love them too much to let them stay there.
We have decided to be clique-free / a hospital for the soul-sick / color-blind / & a place for second-chances.
We have decided to welcome people with tattoos or not, piercings or not, suits or shorts, fat or thin, young or old, rich or poor.
We have decided that it is better to fail while reaching for the impossible that God has planned for us than to succeed settling for less.
We have decided to be disciples, make disciples, baptize disciples, and continue to teach disciples to obey Jesus.
We have decided that in all that we do, it is for the Glory of God’s name…not our own.
We have decided that we are not limited by 4 walls of a building and our influence is not restricted to one location. The people are “the church”, and we are a church in motion.
We have decided that we will not be satisfied until our world cries out, “Those who have turned the world upside down have come here too”. (Acts 17:6, NKJV)