Belonging to God. Belonging to One Another.
Enter. Exalt. Edify. Equip. Expand.
To enter into a love relationship with God and His people.
To exalt God's name in worship.
To edify one another to be more like Jesus Christ.
To equip each member for service in the kingdom of God in order.
To expand His kingdom by bringing others to Jesus Christ.
The driving conviction of Community Church at Holliston – where Community is both our name and vision – is that God is calling forth a people. Community Church at Holliston began in July of 1999 with an awareness that Christian practice was evolving, or devolving, into a highly individualized experience. Beyond the growing fragmenting of our society-at-large due to greater transiency, deterioration of local “communities,” and the fracturing of extended and, even, the nuclear family, there was an unexpected negative result of the personalization movement within the evangelical faith of the 1980s and early 90s: faith became unwittingly more ego-centric.
Many have confused that which is “personal” with that which is “private.” It has become about Jesus and ME. Agape (divine unconditional love) is conflated with eros (romantic love), and loving Jesus has become more and more viewed in almost a romantic context. This is not to say that such a view has no legitimacy. On the contrary, there are many biblical images that convey such sentiment, and it should never be removed from a holistic faith in Christ. Yet, there are other aspects to the love of God, which, in many ways, were being excluded from our vision of our life in Christ. In particular, there was a growing detachment from Christ’s call to be the light of the world, his call to engage others with the reconciliatory message and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. As it was in the beginning when God, HIMSELF, declared, “It is not good for Adam to be alone” (Gen 2:18a), God’s intention is for human beings to be in communion with other human beings. Any orthopraxy that subverts that foundational reality leads to dissatisfaction and dysfunction. Any doctrine of salvation that emphasizes the reconciliation of humanity with God to the exclusion of the need for reconciliation with others is hollow and not hallow.
And the calling forth of this people will be to God, Himself. So that these people will be God’s people, and God will be their God. In other words, this people will be God’s possession, and God will be theirs. A people “belonging to God and belonging to one another.” We have found that such a vision is in many ways intimidating to a culture that views the height of human fulfillment to be had in unbridled freedom. Most people have deep reservations about belonging (and therefore being beholden) to anything- let alone a church! Still, for the many who have opened their hearts to our community, they have found an abundance of life that they had never known before.
In Christ's service,
Pastor Sam Park