The vision of Church of the Savior is based on the words Jesus proclaimed as the two greatest commandments:
- “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.”
- “The second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:29-31).
These two commitments lead us to also embrace “Loving Life.” To show love for God and others, we seek to promote and protect fullness of life for others, as we do for ourselves.
We strive to love God completely, both as individuals and as a church. We long for a deeper experience of God's transforming love. We walk in the light of Scripture, God’s written Word, as our highest authority and only certain guide on our journey into his love (Psalm 119:105; Hebrews 4:12).
In order to express our love for God, we commit ourselves to worship, prayer and the other ancient disciplines of the Christian faith as the only sure path toward spiritual transformation (Jeremiah 6:16). Specifically, we worship in the liturgical tradition of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, which helps us to proclaim the Word of God (Acts 10:42; Titus 1:19) and to share in the sacraments of Communion (Ephesians 6:18; Luke 22:19) and baptism (Mark 16:15-6; Romans 6:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12:13).
The Bible calls Christians "the body" of Christ (Romans 7:4; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 12:27), and so we believe we are united with Jesus Christ in his suffering, death and resurrection. We are therefore called to a common life of “humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:1-6).
We seek to empower one another to live and proclaim the Good News in our relationships, neighborhoods, and vocations -- especially locally, but also globally (Matthew 28:19-20). We commit ourselves to recognize and respond to those who are suffering and in need through giving, serving, praying, and promoting social justice (Micah 6:8). Learn more about what Savior is doing on our Loving Others page.
We believe that wholehearted love for God and others produces a love for life that is contagious.
Because we love God, we receive with gratitude and celebration the life he gives us. God called his creation good, so we affirm the goodness of his world and seek to enjoy and conserve God’s creation (1 Timothy 6:17). We receive every good gift that comes down to us from God (James 1:17). We claim the victory of Christ over sin, so that we might “have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). The weekly Sabbath is an important part of our tasting the abundance of life that Jesus offers. (Exodus 20:8; Mark 2:27).
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