When Jesus transforms a person, he does it from the inside out. Jesus comes to live inside every believer through the Holy Spirit, initiating dynamic transformation that can best be described as passing from death to Life. He then begins to live out his Life through us as we live in surrender and intimate connection with him; this is the essence of discipleship.
We believe that, as this happens, the Life of Jesus will begin to manifest itself in three primary areas:
Life in Christ
Internally, we call this spiritual growth. We grow in our knowledge and experience God in many different ways as he begins to form his character in us.
The outward expression of this is worship. We seek to honor and glorify God in every aspect of our lives, from our finances to the integrity of our relationships at work and home, to our personal worship and our corporate gatherings of worship on Sunday mornings.
Life with Others
Inside of the church, we call this community. At Bent Tree, we are committed to pursuing transformational relationships. As we live in authentic community with other believers, Christ uses those relationships to change and grow us up in him.
Outside the walls of the church, sharing Life with people who don’t yet know Jesus is called evangelism. We are called to extend the love, grace, and hope of Jesus to a lost and dying world, and it starts across the street, across the hall, on the soccer sidelines...
Inside of the local church, we function as the hands and feet of Jesus through service. Each of us discovers and uses our spiritual gifts to keep the body of Bent Tree healthy and thriving in an area of service that matches our gifts and passions.
Outside the walls of the church, being the hands and feet of Jesus is called missions. Whether it is down the street or across the ocean we desire to make a tangible and significant difference for the Kingdom of Christ outside the walls of Bent Tree.