Who we are begins with who Jesus is and what he has done. God in his unimaginable grace, purposed in himself even before creation, to rescue fallen man. Jesus entered human history as the God man. He lived the perfect holy life we could never live and died a death in our place that we fully deserved. Jesus then defeated death by rising to newness of life; thereby, accomplishing everything required for man to be made right with God.
Jesus then accounts his finished work to us, and in doing so brings us into Union with himself. It is from this Union with him that all grace, joy, and blessing from God flow: In him, we have redemption, in him we are raised from death to newness of life, in him we are forgiven, in him there is no wrath or condemnation, in him we are sealed, in him we receive all blessing, in him we are adopted and brought into the family of God as sons and daughters. Union with Christ encompasses all aspects of our salvation and relationship with God - This is why we are called Union Church.
We exist to KNOW Jesus, DECLARE Jesus, and make DISCIPLES in Jesus,
all for the Glory of Jesus.
FOUR THEOLOGICAL DISTINCTIVES
We believe that in any faithful, biblically informed Christian church, there will be much carryover in identity and purpose—And yet each local church also has distinctives that make up that local body’s DNA. Here are a few of ours
God’s Sovereignty in Saving Sinners
We wholeheartedly embrace and rejoice in the sovereignty of God in and over all things, particularly in his work of salvation in the life of man and the security of that salvation by the power of the Holy Spirit.
(John 1:12-13, 6:44, 10:28; Acts 16:14; Romans 9:14-18; 2 Cor. 5:5; Eph. 1:13, 2:4-10, 4:30)
We are deeply committed to men as responsible servant-leaders in the home and church and the fundamental spiritual and moral equality of male and female. We are devoted to the training and equipping single men and women to faithfully carry out their roles in future marriage, family, and church leadership.
(Gen. 1:26-27, 2:18; Acts 18:24-26; 1 Cor. 11:2-16; Gal. 3:28; Eph. 5:22-33; Col. 3:18-19, 1 Tim. 2:11-15, 3:1-7; Titus 2:3-5; 1 Pt. 3:1-7)
Spirit Filled Living
We recognize and rest in the necessity of the empowerment of the Holy Spirit for all of life and ministry. We are fully committed to pursuing the fullness of God in our personal holiness and in the use of his spiritual gifts in the life of the church.
(Lev. 11:44-45; John 14:15-17; Gal. 5:22-24; Rom. 5:5; Eph. 1:3-4; 1 Pt. 1:13-16; Col. 3:12-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 12-14; Jude 1:17-25)
We embrace a missionary understanding of the local church and its role as the primary means by which God displays himself in the world to reach the world.
(Matt. 16:18, 28:18-20; Rom. 1:8; Eph. 3:10; 1 Pt. 2:9-12)
HOW WE PURSUE OUR MISSION
We are committed to the clear thorough teaching of scripture and the centrality of the gospel in doctrine, life, and ministry, desiring to know more of Christ and him crucified.
(1 Cor. 2:2, 15:1-8; Gal. 1:6-10; Phil. 3:7-14)
Outward Facing Disposition
The gospel makes us a people for others. God has taken the church as a people for himself, a people to display his glory to and through. The gospel of grace frees and empowers us not to live self-centered lives, but rather other-centered lives. We will be conscious of the fatherless, widows, and lost people all around us, caring for them and welcoming them into our church, lives, and homes. We will communicate with them not only what we believe but why in a way that invites questions, engages in dialogue, and builds friendships.
(Luke 5:29; Acts 2:47; 1 Cor. 14:23-25).
Training & Releasing Leaders
The mission of God to redeem fallen man for the glory of his name flows from plans he made within his own counsel before creation in the Covenant of Redemption. Mission then, is not an optional program, but an essential element in the identity of the church. The primary way we fulfill this mission is through training pastors and leaders and sending them out to do the work of the ministry, particularly to plant churches that plant churches.
(Is. 52:7; Matt. 10:5-25, 28:18-20; Luke 4:18-19; Acts 28:31; Rom. 10:14-15; Eph. 3:10, 4:11-16; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; Heb. 10:23-25; 1 Pt. 2:4-5, 9-10).