What We Are All About

These three are at the core of who we are and together they are what we consider our DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), or the basic genetic code of who we are as a church. What this means is that, for us, these three ought to underpin all that we are and all that we do. More fully, these three actually reflect our church’s vision:

Pilgrim Community Church exists to cultivate Christ-centered communities where the Gospel shapes lives and missions together, for the good of the City, the Nation, and the World.

What sets Biblical Christianity apart from all other religions and life philosophies is that at the heart of our religion is not a moral or ethical code. The Christian mission is not primarily concerned with spreading a prescribed code of conduct for the betterment and continued survival of the human race. Rather, at the heart of the Christian faith is a person: the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the message that we proclaim and it is to Him—the true center—that we call all sorts of off-center people to. In all that we are and in all that we do, we yield to the central supremacy of Jesus Christ the Lord.

Greatness, truth, and beauty affect us in profound ways. We never walk away the same. In a sense, we never really walk away—the experience, or the music, or the art–they stay with us, changing us. It is no wonder that the Gospel—the Christian shorthand for the beautiful and glorious truth of who Jesus Christ is, and what He has done to save His people—has this transforming effect on those who truly come to believe. As Christians we seek to be shaped by the Gospel in every area of our private and public lives—in thoughts, in deeds, in affections, and in speech. The good news, the Gospel, makes us good news people in this bad news world.

The Gospel brings sinners like us into union with Christ and communion with God and His people. When Christ saves us, He does not leave us to remain in our former human affiliations but rather He saves us into a community that transcends all other human ties and relationships we may previously have connection with. We are saved into a community of sinners and pilgrims who have likewise been saved by grace. As such we become part of a family of brothers and sisters whom we otherwise would not have had any relation to. As a community, we are called to love and serve people with the gospel both within and outside of our fellowship. Inwardly, we are called to love, serve, and do good to one another as we together seek to be shaped by the Gospel. Outwardly, we are called to love, serve and to do good to others by calling the lost to faith and by taking a stand for justice, mercy, and truth–doing good to all men as we have opportunity to do so.

The good news is that—for us and for our salvation—Christ became incarnate and lived the perfect life, died the perfect death, and rose again from the dead. When we truly repent and believe in Christ, we are united to Him by faith and delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of Christ, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (cf. Colossians 1:13-14) Now that we are in Christ, this new reality ought to be marked by a new normality. Following Paul’s thought in Ephesians 2, we are saved by grace through faith for good works. Obedience, doing God’s will, doing work that is good —this is the new normal of the Christian life. And this takes on two expressions: private (as individual Christians in our respective vocations) and corporate (as a collective body of Christians known as a local church).