The 8 Core Values of the Root
- To be a Christlike Community that reflects His character, life, and activity by making an intentional corporate study of the Gospels to model our lives on the example of Jesus, preferring no lesser hero from our tradition.
- To be a Holistic Community that seeks to offer up all of life to the Lordship of Jesus by de-emphasizing Sunday and equipping all followers to hand over every sphere of their lives and every day of the week to Jesus.
- To be a Peace-Loving Community that is considerate, submissive, merciful, fruitful, impartial, and sincere by moving outward to serve others as Jesus did, knowing that community is forged by our collective commitment to a cause beyond ourselves.
- To be a Worshipping Community that exalts Jesus and declares His sovereignty by understanding that worship includes singing but is never limited to it and involves a whole-of-life exaltation of Jesus.
- To be a Devoted Community that experiences intimacy with Jesus by practicing the presence of Jesus in prayer, solitude, fasting, and missional action.
- To be a Graced Community that relies on the work of Jesus for salvation by insisting continually that it is not by our own efforts that we are saved-that is, through a continual re-evangelization of believers.
- To be a Holy Community that seeks after the righteousness of Jesus by learning and living the values of Jesus as distinct from the piety of middle-class good-manners conventionality.
- To be a Healthy Community that feeds on God's Word and the ministry of His Spirit by corporately devoting ourselves to the Scriptures and the exercise of the Spiritual gifts.
*Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch,
Rejesus: a Wild Messiah for a Missional Church
The Root of Our Faith:
- The Bible is the word of God
- There is one true and living God who exists in 3 persons: God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit
- God created all things for His glory
- Men and women were created in the image of God
- God alone is the architect and finisher of our salvation
- The Holy Spirit gives gifts to His children for the advancement of the Kingdom
- The church consists of all who have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ for their eternal salvation
- Heaven and Hell are real places
- Jesus Christ will one day return
- Our full statement of faith can be found at http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp
Who is Jesus?
The world is given diluted versions of the Son of Man; getting just enough to make it nearly impossible for us to fully experience Him. The truth is that for all we know about Jesus and all we think we know, He is still a mystery. He is described as the Creator who was present at the foundation of the world in Genesis 1 and John 1. His miracles and powerful teaching are recorded in both the Bible and by secular historians. He was revealed as fully human as he was beaten, and crucified. Yet, even as He died, a Roman soldier who had observed Him that day declared, "Surely this is the Son of God."
If you are still figuring out what you believe about Jesus, you are welcome at the Root. We believe that your faith is so important that you should take your time and ask questions. We hope you’ll do some contemplating, soul-searching, praying, and studying. We believe that God will be faithful to His promise to be found by those who are really looking for Him. (His word says that in Jeremiah 29:13–14). We fully believe that once you know who Jesus is, then you will be able to determine what your true identity is. And, once you know what your identity is, then your purpose and your mission will become apparent. Let us know if you want a partner on the journey. We’d love to join you.
HOW DO WE KNOW?
If you want to know who Jesus is, start in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). Most everything we know about Jesus we learned from the Bible. We believe it is really, truly God’s word...and we really believe that Jesus is the God-Man.
We recommend starting with John but Matthew, Mark, and Luke are also really great.