Being Christ in Community.
At Johnston River of Life, we believe we are called and sent. The Great Commission tells us, "Go and make disciples."
At Johnston River of Life we don't have a building. We don't desire one. We believe faith is not about once and week Church attendance. Faith is about putting it into action with out hands and feet to benefit those in need. We host events for the community to strengthen faith and family, and we serve wherever we can find a need. James 2:17 says, "Faith by itself, if it does not have works is dead." At JROL we put our faith into action by, "Being Christ in Community."
Johnston River of Life is a United Methodist community of Faith. As such, one of our formative documents is the Apostles Creed. A brief look at some of our Christian roots:
The Bible is the inspired word of God for all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is relevant to our daily lives and "useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16
God exists as one substance in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God has been active in all of history as creator, redeemer, and sanctifier. God is all knowing, all present, sovereign over all of creation. God is loving, grace-filled, just, compassionate, holy, and is present with us in every circumstance of life.
Humanity is created in the image of God to have fellowship with God. Through freewill and disobedience that relationship is broken only to be restored through the atonement of Jesus' death and resurrection.
The Church is a local community of believers unified through faith. It is committed to the teachings of Christ; the Great Commandments, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind, and Love your neighbor as yourself," and the Great Commission, "Go and Make disciples of all nations." At JROL, we do these things through the mission statement of "Being Christ in Community."
If you would like more information on United Methodist Roots, click this link.
Three Questions I dare you to answer!
Why do you believe in God? Do you realize it is a choice for each person? What makes you claim faith in a divine creator instead of chance? Do you find evidence in the beauty and magnitude of creation that defies randomness? Do you find strength and hope in the words of other believers who have preceded you? Why do you choose to believe in God? Or better yet, why would you choose to reject belief in God?
Many people today don't think they need to attend a church to be a person of faith, and that is true. Personal faith is of vital importance. However, corporate faith is equally valuable. We need to be in community for several reason.
There are several things that make JROL unique. We are relevant, sermons, worship, service projects, and allthings are relevant to today. We are casual, real people who reach out and care for each other and our community. This is a church where people feel at home and comfortable no matter how they show up. Our size is not overwhelming. When you show up you will find people from a wide variety of vocations and backgrounds who are friendly and welcoming, and our Pastor is always available to meet outside of church or make hospital calls as needed. He loves building relationships and being together in ministry with every person. Finally, we are a community focused on serving together and, "Being Christ in Community." We hope to see you soon.