Sunrise Ministries
 

OUR MISSION & VISION

Sunrise Ministries exists to Transform the World with God’s Grace and Love

God created the world as good and intended it to live in peace. Sin broke into the world and disrupted peace. Jesus is God’s answer to sin. He came announcing that the Kingdom of God is at hand and through his life, death and resurrection he overcame sin. Humanity did not deserve this, rather God sent Jesus as a sacrifice because he loves us. This is what we call grace. This grace and love began a course of God changing everything. He overcame sin and began restoring peace back into the world.

While complete peace won’t happen until Jesus returns, we believe that God calls us as a church to participate in His mission of transforming the world for better. Therefore, we tell the good news of Jesus to our community, care for those in need, restore relationships with authentic community and live in harmony with our creator and creation.

We believe that an entire church living and proclaiming God’s grace and love has tremendous power to bring change. His grace and love is that powerful. We believe that God working through us will change the world around us. In short, we believe we are called to transform the world with God’s grace and love.

At Sunrise we live out our mission through a set of practices that are influenced by our pillars.

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OUR PILLARS

To keep us centered on whom we are and what we do, we developed five core values as a church that make us unique. These core values hold up and support our mission at Sunrise. Therefore we call these values “Our Pillars.”

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WE WILL BE BIBLICAL
Incorporating Scripture into every area of our lives 

Scripture is God’s living words. It is alive and active, shaping our paths in the world. It guides us to proper relationship with our Creator. We believe it speaks into every aspect of life: work, ministry, teaching, play, thinking, conversation, relationship, our giving, etc. Our life is governed by God’s word so that we can live in an intimate relationship with God.

WE WILL BE EVANGELISTIC
Sharing God’s message of grace through word and deed

Jesus announced to the world that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He explained that the way to reconciliation with God comes through trusting and following Him. Jesus met people wherever they were at and spoke this truth in both word and deed. We are called to do the same. We will meet people where they are at and share Jesus’ message of being the Way, the Truth and the Life. We will share this message in our words but also in our lifestyle and deeds.

WE WILL BE AUTHENTIC
Open to share our lives and journey with each other

God intends for us to live in community marked by intimacy, trust and raw honesty. We were created to be known and to know others. Sin disrupted this community and introduced isolation, shame and fear of being known. We strive to overcome this by living in relationships marked by openness, trust and honesty. We will share our journey and lives openly on Sundays, in groups, and in everyday life, providing care, accountability, and love for one another. We are real people living real lives with a real God.

WE WILL BE COMPASSIONATE
Caring for the needs of the poor and disenfranchised

Jesus modeled a life marked by care and compassion to the forgotten, outcast, poor and oppressed. He explained that the way you treat the least is the way that you treat Him. For us to live in God’s kingdom is to have a heart that is transformed by God’s mercy towards our own brokenness. When our hearts are transformed by God’s grace we in turn will have a heart bent towards loving the least. We will be compassionate, caring for those who are broken and in need.

WE WILL BE THANKFUL
Celebrating God’s grace shown to us

God’s grace is amazing. Grace restores our relationship with our Creator and allows us to live in harmony with the world and each other. God’s grace allows us to find fulfillment and purpose in our life. Our response to His grace is thankfulness. Therefore, we seek creative, passionate, God honoring thanks that transforms our hearts. We will focus our time, effort, energy and excellence in corporate forms of worship to be passionate expressions of thanks and celebration. But it doesn’t stop on Sunday morning. In everything else we do (work, play, relationship, groups, etc) our focus is to bring God glory and praise.

We believe:

AS A MATTER OF PRACTICE...

In essential beliefs—we have unity
(Eph. 4:3-6)

In nonessential beliefs—we have liberty
(Rom. 14:1, 4, 12 & 22)

In all our beliefs—we show clarity
(1 Cor. 13:2)

IN The Bible

The Bible is the story of God and God’s people. It tells God’s plan for humanity and in all ways leads us to truth. The Bible was written by people, influenced by their culture, style and language but is guided by God’s Spirit and is authoritative, inspired, and useful for teaching, correcting, and wisdom.

In One God

There is one God that speaks the entire universe into existence. God is eternal in nature without beginning or end. God is love. God is at work reconciling everything on earth to the way it God intended it to be. God reveals himself through a communal relationship of oneness displayed in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

In Jesus Christ  

Jesus Christ came proclaiming a new arrival of the Kingdom of God. A reality marked by love and grace. Through his sinless life, voluntary death, and resurrection, Jesus defeated sin and death inaugurating a new creation that offers all people eternal life now. Jesus is the only way to access the free gift of grace and reconciliation with God.

In The Holy Spirit

God sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in us, teach us truth, comfort, guide, and counsel. The Holy Spirit equips God’s followers with gifts and power to live a communal life of worship and a missional expression of our faith.

In The Church

The Church is a community of people who believe Jesus Christ is Lord. They gather regularly to worship, pray and encourage one another, practice spiritual disciplines, and celebrate baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The church God’s tool to advance his Kingdom throughout the world, as people together use their time, talents and resources to proclaim the good news of forgiveness, restoration, grace and love to everyone they meet.

In Salvation

Humanity is created to be in relationship with God. We defied God, choosing to go our independent way. The consequence of this rebellion is alienation from God and the corruption of human nature. There is nothing we can do to overcome this separation and corruption. Salvation is God’s gift to us. Through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection God overcame sin and death so we can live in eternal fellowship with God and learn to live as God intends.

In Life Everlasting

Jesus will return as a judge to right all injustice and restore all things to God’s original intent. God will restore shalom to the world and reign forever so that our relationships with God, others, creation, and ourselves will be whole and all will flourish. This is what we long for. This is what we hope for.

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