(1) Love God
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)
The church/religion is a concoction inspired from God. He intended for the church to exist to bless lives, just as He has blessed us. In exacting that phenomenon, it is vital to know the very truth that was uttered by William Anders, a NASA astronaut, who announced during a live television broadcast from lunar orbit, “In the Beginning, GOD…” (Genesis 1:1). The affirmation of God’s involvement in all that we see around us is critical in our understanding of God loves for us. The famed writer G. K. Chesterton once remarked, “It has been often said, very truly, that religion is the thing that makes the ordinary man feel extraordinary; it is an equally important truth that religion is the thing that makes the extraordinary man feel ordinary.” And so, we exist here at Twin City to share that phenomenon with others, through our love of God—showcased through lives lived for Christ. We believe, that only through God, are we extraordinary.
(2) Love each other
“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14)
Church ought to be a Community! The practice of the earliest Christians is crucial if we are to understand their thought process. “And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And all who believed were together and had all things in common…And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes” Acts 2:42-44,46). Notice the appearance of words like fellowship, together, had all things in common? We believe that the church is a gathering of like minded people to experience the joy of togetherness, so we too can go out and share that same joy with others. And concerning the concept of community/family/fellowship, Albert Einstein said it best, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” At Twin City, we strive to exist for other members of our family to the Glory of God.
(3) Love our world
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
At Twin City, we as a congregation are committed to the application of this commandment, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22: 37,39). We exist to love God, to foster a close community of believers, and to love one another. We exist to provide an avenue of love, of care, of genuine concern for our fellow man, based on our conviction that while we were still sinning, and rotting in our own selfishness, God sent Jesus to die for us (Romans 5:8). We’re here to transform lives through Christ for God’s glory. We do this by sharing the good news of the life, the suffering and the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord, and by showcasing the righteousness and holiness of God through our lives. It was Thomas Carlyle who invoked the famous line, “Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.” Our hope at Twin City is to uphold and act upon our conviction that God loves man, and we are to love our fellow man.