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Defining renew


One of the best ways to determine what a Church believes is what actions it takes, that is, what it decides to do based on those beliefs.  To understand what we believe at Renew, it is important to understand these decisions that define us.

We have decided:

  • teaching the gospel without demonstrating the gospel in love is not enough.  

  • having a good church club is not enough, good fellowship is not enough, and just being a member of that club is not enough. 

  • having good programs is not enough, that change without transformation is intolerable, and that staying where we are is not an option.  

  • singing songs without worshiping is empty, and having meetings without inviting and acknowledging God’s presence is pointless. 

  • to let the Bible be our authority and guide for life; not opinions, preferences, or creeds. 

  • reading about the book of Acts without living the book of Acts is unthinkable.  

  • confident faith is good but bold faith is better.  

  • to be a distribution center of God’s blessings, not just a warehouse.  

  • to be Holy Spirit filled, led, and empowered – anything less doesn’t work for us. 

  • to be the ones telling the stories of God’s power – not the ones only hearing about them. 

  • living saved but not supernatural is not living at all, and short of what Christ died for. 

  • we are a battle ship not a cruise ship, an army not an audience, Special Forces not spectators, missionaries not club members. 

  • to love God and love others and be outrageous givers. 

  • we are a mission station and not a museum. 

  • to meet people where they are – but love them too much to let them stay there. 

  • to welcome people with tattoos or not, piercings or not, suits or shorts, fat or thin, young or old, rich or poor. 

  • it is better to fail while reaching for the impossible that God has planned for us than to succeed settling for less. 

  • to be disciples, make disciples, baptize disciples, and continue to teach disciples to obey Jesus. 

  • in all that we do, it is for the Glory of God’s name…not our own. 

  • we are not limited by 4 walls of a building and our influence is not restricted to one location. The people are “the church”, and we are a church in motion. 

  • we will not be satisfied until our world cries out, “Those who have turned the world upside down have come here too”. (Acts 17:6, NKJV)



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