Why We Exist

Northminster exists to connect people to life with Jesus.

Here’s what we mean by that.

Jesus matters.

Jesus matters because we all long for a better world—and Jesus is the only one who can truly make that happen.

We long for a world where there is no hunger, no violence, no crime, no war, no poverty, no selfishness, no exploitation.  We long for a world where human beings “got each other’s backs.”  A world where people are looking out for each other, instead of taking advantage of and hurting each other.

The sad reality is that the world is broken.  We watch the news, we look around, and we see so much pain and suffering.  And what’s really sad is that each and every one of us has contributed to the brokenness of the world.  Some people have contributed a lot to the world’s brokenness; some people have contributed less.  But we’re all a part of the problem.

The world is not what God intended.  When God created the world, he said that it was “very good” (Genesis 1:31).  And God’s desire is to restore the world, to make it once again into a world that is “very good.”

So…  God himself came into the world as the man Jesus.  And he taught us about the kind of world God longs for this to be—a world where people love their enemies, feed the poor, clothe the naked, visit the prisoner, care for widows and orphans, and forgive those who have hurt us.  A world where people look out for each other.  Jesus didn’t only teach about these things; he lived them out.

But the brokenness of the world is powerful.  And it has a grip on humanity.  So, in order to break its grip on humanity, Jesus took all the violence, all the cruelty, all the corruption, all the evil of the world onto himself when he died on the cross.  And in doing so, he broke their power over us.  When we entrust and commit ourselves to Jesus, we are rescued from the power of that brokenness and we become a part of God’s mission to bring healing and wholeness back into the world.

Life with Jesus.

Being a Christian isn’t just about believing the right theological doctrines or doing a bunch of religious stuff.  It’s about being in a relationship with the God who made us and loves us.  That’s why at Northminster we talk about following Jesus as “life with Jesus.”

To put it another way, we are called to live a “with Jesus” kind of life.  We are called to live every moment of every day with the understanding that we are with Jesus and Jesus is with us.  We are never without Jesus.  We are with Jesus in the sense that we go where he leads us.  We stand in solidarity with Jesus and Jesus stands in solidarity with us.

A “with Jesus” life is a life marked by a commitment to following Jesus with every ounce of who we are.

Connecting people to life with Jesus.

But a “with Jesus” life does not mean you’re perfect.  No one is perfect.  We are all still growing and learning and deepening our faith.  A “with Jesus” life is a life that is growing ever more connected to Jesus.

So, when we talk about connecting people to life with Jesus, we’re talking about growing in our faith ourselves.  We’re also talking about connecting those outside the family of God to life with Jesus.  This is how the healing of the world takes place.  It happens when people connect to the God who loves them and made them, and to his Son who died for them.

Northminster exists to connect people to life with Jesus.

At Northminster, we are committed to growing in our own connection to life with Jesus, while at the same time inviting our friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to be connected to life with Jesus, too.

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