Beliefs and Mission
- We believe that Jesus is the Son of God and is the only way to the Father and life eternal.
- We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God and the only infallible guide to faith and practice.
- We believe the Holy Spirit is God and actively is at work in our lives and world today.
- We believe in the importance of the local church in our community and world.
- We believe that though God loves all people not everyone will be saved. People who repent of their sins and turn to Jesus in faith are promised salvation – on the merits of His sacrifice on the Cross alone.
- Through His bodily resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ has been given the preeminent and exclusive title of King of kings and Lord of Lords. He will one day return to earth to judge the living and the dead, and every person who has ever lived will give an account for their lives.
A Community united in
Following Jesus Christ
Celebrating His Love and
Sharing Him with our neighbors
- A Community United. The model of the early church is as relevant today as it was in the time of Acts. It’s still true that we can only demonstrate the unity that points the world to Christ when we purposefully build meaningful relationships with one another. (John 17:22-24) (1 Peter 2) (1 Corinthians 12:12-31)
- Following Jesus Christ. We are invited, before all else, to follow Christ. To live a new life, purchased with His blood, being transformed continuously into a more intimate relationship with Him through prayer, worship, spiritual gifts, and a growing knowledge of the Word. (John 14:6) (1 Peter 2) (John 10:14-18)
- Celebrating His Love. By the work of the Holy Spirit we celebrate Christ’s love for us by desiring and sharing the fruits of His Spirit with the world for the good of all; love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal 5:22-26) (1 Corinthians 12:1-11)
- Sharing Him with our Neighbors. God sent His Son to save the world. In saving us, He has called us to view all humanity as our neighbors. We seek to share Christ with the world through local ministry and worldwide missions so that many will come to believe. (John 3:16-17) (Matthew 28:16-20) (Acts 1:8)
We believe that the number of people we “send” is very important. While we measure things such as attendance, baptisms, and giving, we believe a far better metric of church health is how many people have we trained, mobilized and sent into the harvest? How many home group leaders have we raised up? How many groups have we multiplied? How many Sunday School teachers have we equipped and released into ministry? How many missionaries have we sent? How many churches have we planted? These metrics are far more profound and telling than simply, “How many people came to church today?” Or, “Did we get the bills paid this month?”
Rather than growing to become a larger and larger church, that has more and more of a corporate feel, we prefer the more relational model of the middle sized church. But this doesn’t mean we must stop growing. Rather it means that we must continually multiply. We must be willing to release our best to whatever God is calling them to do. Blue Ridge was a church plant from Christ Community Church in Charlottesville back in 1989. Since that time we have planted two daughter churches in the area. Multiplying is important to us. Church planting is in our DNA.
Our model has been to grow to about 200 people and then bring on an Associate Pastor for church planting. When we reach 250 people we send 50-60 people out to plant a new church.
We are prayerfully looking at additional models for planting as well. Some exciting things are developing in this area.