if our church had a "program" this would be it. I believe that transformation and discipleship happen best along relational lines and our call to be disciples and make disciples is clear. Relational Discipleship is engaging in every relationship purposefully, to encourage growth and to grow. My hope is that this will drive much of our context, equipping, and interaction.
CITY ON A HILL
The New Testament language for describing our relationship
with God and others who follow God is familial. God is our father. Jesus is our brother. We are children and brothers and sisters. I see this type of relationship as a primary example of how those in the Body of Christ are to interact. I don't think we are primarily friends, a team, or even a community to "do life together." I see the Bible describing a family. Proverbs 17:17 says "friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity." I think that our primary responsibility to each other is to help, encourage, and provide when it feels like there is no way out of where we are. I think we can also be all those other things above but those are secondary bonuses. I dream of a church known for helping each other in adversity and not just because they like each other or look alike.
FAMILY OF GOD
This is the concept that that people of God are supposed to be a light that can serve as an example to the world around them of how to interact, respond, and process, especially in difficult and dark times. I see a church that is very interactive in the community building bridges, loving thoughtfully, making a way when the world would say there is no way. I dream of a church that makes people say "I hate the church, but we as a community would be less than without THAT church."
TRANSFORMED BY THE SPIRIT
We believe that it is the Holy Spirit who transforms hearts and lives so we root our mission in prayer and the power of God not in human strategies.
Highlands Church is part of an outreach to the Marietta Community. We strive to be
A Church of the Community: The New Testament language for describing our relationship with God and others who follow God is familial. God is our Father. Jesus is our brother. We are children and brothers and sisters. The ideal of family serves as primary example of how those in the body of Christ are to interact. For Highlands, family starts at our weekly gathering. Here we gather, get refreshed in our hearts and souls, get to know each other, and laugh, cry and wrestle through life together. We love for people to visit the family.
A Church to the Community: If our church had a "program" this would be it. We believe that positive transformation and happens best along relational lines We believe that the call to work for positive transformation in the community is clear. Relational Discipleship is engaging in every relationship purposefully, to encourage growth and to grow. It begins with creating environments to listen to others in our community, to reflect, and then to share what we’ve learned and are learning. Our hope is that this will drive much of our context, equipping, and interaction.
A church building Community: We believe loving, purposeful community is an essential need in a developed society. We believe that the hope, love, and community God offers are not confined to a location or a day. We want to help people in our community build these in the world that they interact with each day. We are committed to this goal with our time and resources.