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God's love has motivated us to love Him and others. There are three all-embracing themes that resonate with us and inspire us as a community.
1. Reaching Up
The foundation for who we are at Main Street Church is Jesus Christ. Setting and resetting our hearts, minds, and hopes on Christ alone is our first priority. Through our own experiences both individually and as a community we have learned how easy it is to allow other affections to pull us away from simple devotion. We are committed first and foremost to voicing and being living examples of the Gospel of Christ. This means we will not add to nor subtract from the timeless testimony of the life, mission and works of Jesus. Reaching up to Christ gives us the strength and perspective we need for daily living.
“He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” Colossians 1:18-20
2. Reaching Out
Because we value the community we live and worship in, it’s only reasonable that we want to be involved in that community. So we make community service an important part of who we are. Locally, MSC is currently involved in family food assistance through Oasis Food Pantry, serving in festivals and other Historic St. Charles activities, and sponsoring Christmas Traditions events such as the Las Posadas Parade and Gingerbread Village. Globally, MSC works with Global Horizons to help fund poverty relief and community enhancing activities around the world. The members of MSC are given many opportunities to passionately and practically reach out to the community.
For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14
3. Reaching Across
Since our approach to life as Christians is a long-term approach, we make passing our understanding of God from one generation to the next a high priority. Through activities like the AWANA kids club on Wednesday nights we mix grandparents, parents, siblings, and peers together to explore the Scriptures. Teens are specifically challenged through mentoring relationships, youth retreats, and special activities. In all of our church planning, we work to include generations working together. For us, this begins with an emphasis on doing all we can to integrate our activities to include every age group. It also involves creating a community awareness of our individual needs, and to think about how we can relate positively to generations other than our own. We understand this type of generational awareness to be central to the long-term health of any church.
“We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.” Psalms 78:4-5