“The Church With the Really Big Door”
3-things to take from our tagline. . .
1. We are a Church. We understand “church” not as an organization, institution, or place, but the gathering of people following Jesus. We are Jesus’ hands, feet, and voice of acceptance, forgiveness, and love in this world.
2. We have a Really Big Door. Everyone is welcome here. Everyone is a part of the whole.
3. The Really Big Door swings both ways. We are all about building the Kingdom of God. Everyone is welcome, but no one is obligated to stay. There are other churches that might be more fitting for you. Simply ask and we can hopefully help you find the right one. What we want most is that every person knows the story of Jesus, and learns to live the story as their own.
Spirit Garage’s Mission & Core Values
The following statement of mission and core values was developed to help us better understand and articulate the vision and purpose that God has placed within Spirit Garage. The mission and the values help guide us in our life as a community and serve to inspire us to new action, as well as help us to remain consistent with our values, as we grow and change over time. Ultimately its all about Loving God and All People by sharing the Acceptance, Forgiveness, and Love of Jesus.
By the same grace that Jesus has given you, seek to love God with all of your spirit, mind, and body and to share God’s love with all people.
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” [Jesus] said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Real life, real help. Get it. Give it. Live it.
At Spirit Garage, to strive to be relevant to you and to real life in the world of today, whether it be worship, fun activities, or service opportunities. What you find at Spirit Garage will be real. Gatherings at Spirit Garage are genuine. Come as you are. Take them at your own pace. At worship you’ll find cool music, and a message that is more like a conversation than a sermon. We connect with others in small groups as varied as we are. Come find help for your real life, and opportunities to volunteer to help your neighbors, your community, and your world in ways that are truly relevant. God wants you for who you are and so does the Spirit Garage community.
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
Servicing all makes and models—shiny and new, rusty and broken.
At Spirit Garage, we hold open the Big Door of God’s love and create a space where everyone is welcomed. By opening the door and inviting people in, we believe that people can experience strength and restoration in God’s arms. Christ spent his time with all types of people sharing God’s unconditional love and grace. We continue to welcome all as Christ did and encourage each other to share this love on our journeys back out into the world.
“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let everyone who hears say, “Come.” And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.
With God, we all get a chance to be involved.
Spirit Garage is a community of faith and in this community every person contributes to the health of the whole. Everyone who is a member of the community helps to lead and guide the community; however, we all do it in different ways. Some people lead by organizing small groups, and some people lead by speaking quietly and reminding others to listen. You don’t have to wait for someone else to do God’s work in the community, you can be the champion. Gather a few passionate individuals, and we will provide you with the tools and support to help you on your way.
Along with physically participating in the life of the community, the really big door of Spirit Garage is open because many passionate people also contribute financially. At the Belonging Dinner, we will discuss the Scheduled Maintenance Form. Read this form after reading this Belonging Guide. It shares a number of possibilities of how you can partner with Spirit Garage; which happens best when you do what you feel called to do! Come with any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns.
The Lord appointed the seventy and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he intended to go. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.”
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
God has given everyone gifts to use for the benefit of the community and the world.
God has given each of us unique gifts. Putting your passion in action is what fuels the culture of Spirit Garage and the culture in which we live. Some grow in their art, others stir the discussion, and others work behind the scenes. Spirit Garage is a place to explore, grow, and use our gifts. It is through this use that Spirit Garage’s mission is realized and God can be seen working through us.
1 Corinthians 12:4-7; 27-31
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. . . Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a more excellent way.
[T]he fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.
God calls us into community to live out the love of Christ.
At Spirit Garage we start by letting God’s love care for us, and then proceed to having that love shine out to others and all creation. Jesus chose to live the life of a servant. He washed the feet of his disciples, provided care and healing to the sick, and gave mercy to everyone. We are called to follow in his footsteps. We have opportunities all around us—people at church, in our neighborhoods, and throughout the world. It’s about Loving God and All People with all of our spirit, mind, and body.
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”