Sharing the Compassion of Jesus
Through Biblical Hospitality,
Nurturing Spiritual Growth Together,
and Empowering the Rising Generations.
Who we are
Happy Corner Church of the Brethren is a community of believers that strives to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus to the community and world around us. Our vision statement is based on an understanding that the current culture of the western world is in desperate need of the compassion that Jesus shared with those he came into contact with. While the "Church" in America is often thought of in somewhat negative terms - the person of Jesus Christ is still very real and relevant to the contemporary problems that we face in communities, our nation, and in our world. We strive to once again bring the Missional approach of Jesus Christ to those we come in contact with.
Currently, Happy Corner is in the midst of a focused transition. Our hope is to move away from the patterns of a program church (that have emphasized institutional programs and growth) and instead we seek to grow together into the very intentional place of being a Missional community of "Jesus Followers." Becoming a Jesus Follower is based on self-discipline, God's transforming Spirit, and a growing desire to put our faith into action and not just words. True discipleship in Jesus Christ invites us to change our lives away from cultural values and place the call of Jesus Christ at the forefront of all we do. Basically, we seek to make all of life an act of worship.
Having said this, we acknowledge that each of us have room for growth in becoming true "Jesus Followers" and we long to grow alongside those who might desire the same commitment. We acknowledge that our world does not value such a lifestyle and thus our transition is to grow deeper in understanding of scripture, the life of Jesus, and our service to others. We believe that it is only in a relationship with Jesus Christ that we will find the fullness that life has to offer. This life will lead us to the place of radical love of neighbor.
What we believe
We believe that God exists in the three distinct forms of: God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit (Trinitarian theology). God refers to the transcendent nature of God that is above all. Jesus Christ refers the incarnation of God who came in human flesh to our world. The Holy Spirit is the ongoing presence of Jesus Christ that empowers the people of God to live faithful lives of obedience.
We believe that Jesus was the incarnation presence of God who came on behalf of a rebellious humanity. God became human flesh in Jesus Christ and he lived a perfect life of obedience to God's ideal for humanity. Given that creation had continually sinfully resisted the way of God, Jesus Christ modeled the ideal for obedience in his life. Jesus was rejected for this life, he was crucified for the sinfulness of humanity, and he was resurrected by God after three days in the grave. In Jesus' life, death, and resurrection we discover the truth about God's love for sinful humanity.
We believe that following Jesus death and resurrection, he ascended to the right hand of God. Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf opens the gateway for all of humanity to be reconciled to God. Accepting Jesus Christ is an intentional action that brings about a new life of love, sacrifice, and commitment.
We believe that the gift of the Holy Spirit was given to believers following Jesus ascension to God after his bodily resurrection. The Holy Spirit is God's immanent presence on earth that transforms followers into the continuing work of Jesus in God's creation. It is through the Holy Spirit that the church goes about serving Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit enlightens us to scripture, invites us to follow God's call, and shapes us into the image of Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Old and New Testaments are the inspired word of God. We believe that the Holy Spirit guides us into understanding the plan that God has for creation which is manifest through love. In holding to our Brethren roots, we believe that all of scripture should be viewed through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and therefore we place higher authority upon the New Testament.
The Church is the body of believers that go about demonstrating the life of Christ to the world. As the "Priesthood of all believers" - we believe that every follower of Christ has the ability to study scripture, to be in dialogue about their beliefs, and to serve the world as Christ calls them. Everyone in the church is empowered for the purpose of serving God through Missional outreach to the world. The church is not a place ... it is a people who act on behalf of Jesus Christ in their families, in their communities, and in their world.