The glory of God’s nature was fully expressed in Jesus, His Son. As the Apostle John writes:
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
GRACE AND TRUTH
This is who Jesus was and as the body of Christ, this is what the church should be.
At The Brook, we seek to be a church full of grace and truth. In the matter of grace, any and all are welcome to attend our church. We open our arms wide for people to come and discover God's love. Regardless of choices or lifestyle, everyone is free to worship with us and seek to grow spiritually in our church. In the matter of truth, the church has a responsibility to address issues of sin and convey God’s standards of moral living to which we all are called to aspire.
Becoming a member of the church holds a different responsibility beyond those who attend. When one joins our church he or she becomes a part of a spiritual family God has established. They are now members of a local Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27). The New Testament clearly teaches that this family is accountable to one another for spiritual growth and to display God's grace and truth to the world. To do this, we must uphold the family of God in many ways — one of which is to call all members to moral living and challenge our people to remain true to the holy standards of God. Otherwise, we lose our ability to influence the culture toward what God deems important. We want the world to see and come to value the things that God does! Also, we want people to experience God’s very best. God’s moral standards are designed to protect us from harm and provide for us the most fulfilling human existence possible (i.e., they exist not to punish or control us, but are given as acts of love). We experience this amazing love when we as the Body of Christ have the faith and courage to align ourselves with what God says.
Therefore, with this heart and clarity, below you will find statements on certain matters of moral living. These particular ones come into question in our culture and therefore we feel the need to be clear regarding them. We ask that all members of the church, when joining The Brook through our church membership process, agree to these basic moral tenets along with the member covenant.
As the body of Christ it is our joy and responsibility to reflect God's heart to the world. It is a heart of love and grace. It is also a heart of truth and holiness. I hope that you join us in this great mission!
Pastor Mike Ayers, Ph.D