Who We Are

About

Vision & Values 

As a family being transformed by grace, we exist to help our friends and neighbors find and follow Jesus for the flourishing of Lake Highlands. 

Toward this end, we aim to be shaped by four core-values:  

 

Our CorE Values

 

Jesus-Centered

Because God’s Word and story of redemption centers upon Jesus: 

  • We focus our teaching on Jesus and his life-transforming grace
  • We are Christians first, everything else second (politics, theological distinctives, etc.)
  • We embrace Jesus’ view of Scripture, trusting its authority and relying on its truth 
  • We seek followers of Jesus not merely decisions for Jesus

Mission-Driven

Because God is on mission to reconcile the world to himself in Christ: 

  • The church is not a place, but a people sent to bring Jesus into every place
  • We welcome skeptics and seekers and take seriously questions of unbelief  
  • We welcome guests as family and seek to be contributors not just consumers
  • We build strong but few programs to preserve time for all of our callings  

Neighborhood-Focused

Because Jesus lived and ministered in a particular place: 

  • We focus on the Lake Highlands neighborhood, loving its people and places to life 
  • We intentionally welcome our neighbors into our lives and homes
  • We identify needs, share resources, and partner with those serving Lake Highlands 
  • We desire to reflect the diversity of our community  

Family-Connected

Because God our Father has adopted us into his family: 

  • We believe we are not our own but belong to each other as a family in Christ
  • We show up for family gatherings and are involved in one another’s lives 
  • We relate to each other with vulnerability, accountability, and grace 
  • We embrace every generation in the family and seek integration over segmentation

 

Our Family of churches

In our shared love for Jesus, we are glad to pursue the flourishing of our city alongside our family of churches including our planting congregation, Highland Park Presbyterian Church; Peak Street Church in Old East Dallas; All Nations, a fellowship for African immigrants; and the Mandarin Chinese Church. 

We also welcome opportunities to partner with other neighborhood churches and organizations who share a common commitment to the good of Lake Highlands. 

On a broader scale, we are affiliated with a Presbyterian denomination called ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, and the beliefs of our church leadership are grounded in the ECO Essential Tenets. 
 

Our Beliefs

We believe the Bible isn’t primarily a manual for how to live or a collection of moral examples. It is a unified story of what God has done to rescue and restore his creation through Jesus. Jesus himself says to the religious leaders of his day: “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; but it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life” (John 6:39-40). And after his resurrection from the dead, Jesus teaches his disciples about how all of their known Scriptures (what we call the Old Testament), speak of him (Luke 24:27, 44-47). When rightly interpreted, every page of the Bible shows us our need for Jesus, what Jesus has done to meet that need for us, and how trusting in Jesus’ love and leadership can enable us to flourish in the way that God intends. Centered on this good news, we affirm the following core teachings of the historic, Christian faith:  

God

The one, true, and living God is a God of love, holiness, and righteousness; God is sovereign, the Creator and Ruler of all (Is. 6:3; Acts 4:24)

Scripture

Scripture is the Word of God, the first and final authority for faith and life (Ps. 19:7; Heb. 4:12)

The Trinity

God is three-in-one: God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:26; Jn. 8:58)

The Fall

Because of human sin, we have fallen from our perfect relationship with our Creator; as a result, human beings are subject to death, the consequences of rebellion, and the holy judgment of God (Gen. 3:17; Rom. 3:23)

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is Lord, fully God and fully human, and the only way to eternal life (Gen. 3:15; Jn. 14:6)

The Cross

Jesus Christ, the innocent Son of God, died in the place of fallen, rebellious humanity to satisfy the holy judgment of God and was raised bodily from the dead in the power of the Spirit (Isa. 53:5; 1 Pt. 3:18)

Reconciliation

By grace through faith in Christ alone, which comes as an unmerited gift from God, a person is reconciled with God, guided and comforted by the Holy Spirit, and assured of eternal life (Ezek. 37:14; Eph. 2:8)

The Return of Christ

When Jesus returns to earth, he will consummate his Kingdom and establish the new creation (Isa. 60:19; Rev. 21:5)

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