To worship the Living God.
To share His Love with the world.
To grow in the image of Christ.
Raising up the next generation of worshipers and disciples of Jesus Christ to change the world.
CHRIST—Jesus Christ is the source of all compassion—He came to heal the sinners, not to jail them [John 3:17]. Ultimately, He demonstrated unadulterated compassion by sacrificing Himself on the Cross for us [John 3:16]. He is the essence and example of a community because the Trinity (The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit) itself is three persons in one—and intimately so [Matthew 3:16-17]. Lastly, He is also the Creator who created everything in the universe. It was through love that He was able to exercise creativity for us [Genesis 1 & 2]. We believe that without Christ, there would be none of the aforementioned principles in the church.
COMPASSION—We believe that we are commissioned to live a life of love as a Christian. Within the church, we are to “…be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing…” (I Peter 3:8-9). Outside the church, Jesus exemplified a compassion He expects from Christians: When a man with leprosy asked Jesus to heal him, He did so without reservation [Luke 5:12-13]—we also believe in loving sinners without reservation and ultimately bringing them to the saving knowledge of Him.
COMMUNITY—We believe that we should fellowship with one another in Christ because the Christian life is NOT a lone ranger life [John 13:34-35]. Every Christian needs a community to help facilitate growth, discipleship, accountability, and the opportunity to exercise love. The point in life is about the relationships you make, first with God and then with people. We believe in being there for each other, in good times and bad.
CREATIVITY— "And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was [….] When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven you.’” (Mark 2:4-5) We believe that creativity is an important aspect of the spiritual life because it is driven by love. When we have passion for someone—when we love someone—we are driven to become creative for that very person. When situations become difficult, when we need to overcome an obstacle, when we need to get an important point across, a measure of creativity emerges from within us (inspired by God) so that we can accomplish what needs to be done. The men who helped the paralytic meet Jesus had to get creative; otherwise it wouldn’t have been possible. Therefore, Xaris believes in providing opportunities for creative expression.