The most important news that we have to share at West Jackson is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And the most important thing we do week after week is proclaim that message so that people from all backgrounds and every generation can come to know and receive God’s grace. We want to be a church that experiences the transforming power of God.
We believe that our church is not a gathering of perfect people. Rather, we are gathering of imperfect men, women, and children, spanning every generation, who have found their only hope in Jesus and His Gospel. We believe the good news about Jesus is more than just a story or set of written beliefs. It is the life-changing power of God that is meant to be woven into every area of our lives.
But that change doesn’t happen when we are on our own. That change happens through authentic and godly relationships within the church. The Gospel knits us into a community of believers who are loved by God, and being changed by his grace day after day as we speak the truth in love to one another (Ephesians 4:15). As we commit to share our lives with other believers in biblical community, we begin to see God do amazing things in and around us!
Under the authority of Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Church has been given a Great Commission: “Go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19) Jesus has also given us a Great Commandment that should mark our lives and our churches: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart… and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27).
From these two great teachings of Jesus, we believe that the church is called to a life of sacrificial worship (Romans 12:1-2). The love of Christ in us leads us to worship God alone, and love our neighbors as ourselves in light of the grace we’ve received. The heartbeat of a church consumed with God’s grace and glory continues to overflow as we see the nations and people groups around the world that do not know the Gospel of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14-21).