Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37-39).
We believe that our calling as a church is to love God with all of our being and to love others as we love ourselves. We are convinced that this is a calling for us as individuals but just as much a calling for us as a community of believers. Our love for God is proven in our love for each other (1 John 4:20-21); our love for each other is the most profound witness of who God is and of what it means to be a Christian (John 13:35). Our most profound witness to the world is our love for each other.
These commands of Jesus have led us to develop a vision statement for what we believe God desires for us. This brief document is intended to be a goal that is impossible for us to realize on our own; we wholeheartedly acknowledge that this vision is possible only through the power of God at work in us and through us as we journey together in Christ.
Believing we are an agent of God in Houghton and the surrounding areas, Houghton Wesleyan Church will be a place of grace and healing. Enabled by the power of the Holy Spirit, we will provide a safe refuge and a holy place to be the people of God we know we should and must be; this can only be accomplished through our individual and mutual commitment to and our corporate worship of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Empowered by God’s Spirit, we will:
- worship together, focusing on God and anticipating His presence, power, and action
- teach one another the Word of God as the foundation for our faith and life
- recognize our connection to the church of Jesus Christ throughout history and throughout the world
- acknowledge our personal and corporate brokenness
- affirm our strong dependence on each other
- embrace and love all others
- live together in ongoing forgiveness as God has
- practice gracious discernment, mutual confession, and love for our enemies
- engage in Christian fellowship, discipleship, and hospitality
- sacrifice our personal wants and desires to serve God and others
- minister to those who suffer emotionally, spiritually, materially or physically
- take on Christ’s suffering as our redemptive response to sin and evil
- God’s purpose will be accomplished here on earth as it is in heaven
- God’s kingdom will be in us and operate through us both here and throughout the world
- God’s power will be manifested through His Body
- God’s glory will reign over every aspect of His Church.
As a means of keeping our vision before us, we host an annual Vision Meeting. Here is information on our Vision Meeting.