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“The only thing that counts is faith
expressing itself through love.”

Our Why

Our “why”, our reason to exist, is to experience God’s love and to share God’s love with everyone. Our purpose, focus, and gauge is love: to love others as we love ourselves, to serve one another in love, and to carry one another’s burdens, thus fulfilling the law of Christ. Ultimately, the only thing that counts is our faith expressing itself through love! The more we experience God’s love for us and share His love with others the more we discover that there is more to life!

 

Our How

How our “why” becomes a reality is through the transforming power
of our relationship with the Holy Spirit, who works in us and through us, transforming us to become more loving. The more we live relying on the Spirit the more sway He has in and through our lives. Then, together with the Spirit, we begin experiencing such fruit in our lives as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control, and more! The more we are led by the Spirit, the more we keep in step with the Spirit and we begin to experience how He exponentially transforms us to become more loving: more loving at home with family, more loving at work with colleagues, more loving everywhere, at all times. If you desire to experience the promise of Jesus when He said that He came to give us life, and to experience life in all its abundance (John 10:10), then this is how to find more meaning and purpose in life. It’s not an easy path to take, great sacrifices will be required, but it is the most rewarding and selfless path to take. Only on the journey will you discover that there is much more to life! 

 

Our What

We believe it is possible to become spiritually healthy. For this to be possible we aspire to be a safe community where everyone can grow in their relationship with God. A community where everyone is encouraged to start fresh, to heal, to grow and to be transformed through a real relationship with Jesus and through relationships with fellow believers.

Everyone needs a safe place where they can be real with without being judged. It is vital that we have a safe place for relationships, so we can share our struggles as well as our victories with one another. 

We hope that you will find a community filled with genuine friendships that are humble in nature. A community with whom you do experience God in meaningful ways – ways that will bring refreshment to your heart, mind and soul. We know that we are all recovering sinners who continually need the great Physician, Jesus, working in us and through us, healing us and strengthening us, through worship in its various forms: singing, sacrifice, prayer, study of Scripture, serving, fellowship, and more. There is so much more to life when we are in relationship with Him and His church family!

We believe it is possible to have unity by being sanctified with the truth and we seek such unity with any and all, and we hope that you will find in us caring and loving hearts that reflect this high ideal of our Lord when he prayed:

“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me (John 17:17-23 ESV).”

We desire to be sanctified in the truth so we may all be one even as the Father and Son are one. We want to share the love that the Father has for Jesus and that Jesus has for us with the world. According to Jesus, being unified in the truth and love is what counts. Paul, writing to the Christians in Corinth, explained:

“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers.What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? (1 Corinthians 1:10-13)”

In short, we desire to be a community where we study the Bible together. Where we strive to understand its truths while also understanding and loving one another, knowing that we all need time and space to process the truths that we learn from our study of God’s word. And to be a community of Christians where we desire to be transformed by the truth and the love we experience through our relationships that are brought into unity through our common participation with the Holy Spirit. Consider Paul’s words to the Philippian Christians: 

“Since there is encouragement in Christ, comfort from love, participation in the Spirit, affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. (Philippians 2:1-2)”

If this kind of Christian community sounds healthy and refreshing to you then we look forward to getting to know you (and your family, or maybe you’re single). Of course, our fellowship will fall far short of perfection but with your heart and our hearts striving together through the Spirit to attain to the appeal that the Apostle Paul made to the Roman Christians (Romans 12:1-12), we will have more than a fighting chance of building God’s beautiful kingdom in Council Bluffs.

Come, let’s grow together as we seek to serve God, care for one another and serve others. We hope to see God do remarkable works in our lives and through our lives. We not only want you to help us build God’s kingdom but we believe that you (and your family) are indispensable for accomplishing God’s will in Council Bluffs. 

We hope we will get to journey together with you (and your family) as we continue to grow in our relationship with our Lord Jesus and one another.

 

 

 

Galatians 5:1–6:5

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery… the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love… For you were called to freedom, brothers.

Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one 
word:
 “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirityou are not under the law.  

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, 
enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries,dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

 

If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 

For each will have to bear his own load.