- Zion is a group of people redeemed by Jesus on the Cross.
- This, and only this, separates us from the world around us and makes us Christians
Zion is a group of people redeemed by Jesus on the cross which He did because He loves us. None of us comes to the church, or stays here, because they are a good person; we aren’t particularly good and what good we do is done with the aid of the Holy Spirit. Instead we come because we want to turn from the sinful, troublesome ways that we had lived and to follow Jesus’ life giving ways and accept the saving grace he offers us. This, and only this, separates us from the world around us and makes us Christians.
- We do, with Jesus’ help, avoid sin
This desire to be redeemed (saved) and follow Jesus leads us away from the sinful life into ways that are good. We do, with Jesus’ help, get rid of sin.
- We express our thanks and worship.
Just as a person rescued from drowning expresses thanks to the one who rescued him, we also get together on Sunday mornings to thank, worship Jesus (and God the Father) and listen to a talk about God (preaching). Some of us take some time before worship to study what God has written to us in the Bible. This activity flows from our salvation; doing this activity is not a requirement for our salvation. We also take encouragement from seeing our fellow believers.
- Jesus has room for all of us; spread the word
Most of us like to share a good thing especially when it can be multiplied without loss to the giver. This life in Christ is a lot like finding a wonderful dance hall big enough to hold all of your friends and more besides. Why wouldn’t we invite others to this dance? Although it is true that many of us are like that shy teenage boy who wants to ask the girl to the dance but is too shy and tongue-tied to ask.
- We also respond by helping others.
Another way that we respond to the amazing love that Jesus has shown us is to help others. This leads to the ministries that the congregation does such as the TAP program. A ministry is some activity that helps others without asking for anything in return. There are several of the in the congregation, some are public and well known, some are internal such as teaching Sunday School and known to a few and yet more are a private known only to giver and the one given the gift.
- What is in our hearts and our focus on Jesus that it is more important than the part that you can see.
It is the public things that you see as what the church is, worship, preaching Sunday school and some of the more public ministry. This is the tip of the iceberg; it is what is in our hearts and our focus on Jesus that it is more important than the part that you can see.
We want to invite you to join us, to be part of this community of redeemed people, to join us to be lead away from our sinful ways and enter into the joy of being with Jesus forever.