An epic story is a grand story…stories like Star Wars or The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. Epic stories are usually long, involve big events, and include larger than life characters. They often involve huge problems that threaten the world and terrible villains. And at the center of every epic story is a hero.
We believe that the Bible tells the greatest epic story ever. It is a story of how God, the ultimate hero, saves and restores a world that has been ravaged by sin. He does this through Jesus, who died on a cross to pay for our sins and rose three days later. This story shapes our beliefs, our lives, and our mission. This story is everything to us because in it we encounter God, become part of a community, and experience transformation. We are a community deeply committed to sharing this story with as many people as possible and living in such a way that others will see the greatness of Jesus.
Mission Statement: to glorify God by declaring and demonstrating the power of the Gospel for the sake of a broken world
1. The Word of God as our authority: The Bible is the Word of God; therefore, it forms the basis for what we believe and how we live. We are committed to the reading, study, and application of the Word of God so that we may know and love God, love others, and be equipped for good works that God has for us to do.
2. Gospel-centered lives and ministry: The Gospel is the Good News of what God has done to rescue the world through Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, lived a perfect life, died on a cross for sins, rose from the dead, and is coming back one day. He did this for the salvation of those who repent and believe and for the restoration of a world that has been ravaged by sin. We want to be a church centered on this Gospel. So, when we read the Bible we recognize that God is the primary actor in the grand narrative. We approach the OT as Jesus did: all the Scriptures testify to Him. We approach NT ethics and commands as implications that flow from the gospel. In this way, the Gospel is not the ABC’s of Christian conversion but the A to Z of the Christian life.
3. Passion for the Glory of God: There is no one and nothing like our God. He is holy, incomparable to anything or anyone else and wonderfully good. He is limitless in his perfections. It is not just that he is loving but that he is perfectly loving; it is not just that he is pure but he is perfectly pure; its not just that he is faithful but he is perfectly faithful. As a result, we believe that nothing is worthy of worship like Him and nothing is worthy of being placed at the center of our lives but Him. So we are committed to living for the glory of God and spreading a passion for the glory of God. Psalm 115:1 says, “not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name give glory.” In a self-centered world, we declare “not to us” in order to give glory to God above all else.
4. Reaching the unreached: The Bible reveals the heart of our missionary God and His desire to save people from every tribe, tongue, and nation. He calls His church to join Him in this mission (Mt 29:18-20). There are billions of people in the world with little to no access to the Gospel so we feel a deep call to go to those places. In addition, the northeast is home to one of the largest pockets of lost people in the world. So we desire to be a part of saturating this region with the Gospel and Gospel-centered churches. We believe that church planting is the fastest and most effective way to reach people who don’t know God.
5. Deep commitment to one another: We are convinced of the following: we were made for community, we function best in community, and no one can follow Jesus outside of community. Jesus called his followers to a deep commitment to one another. He said the world will know we are his disciples if we love one another. No one grows to maturity in Christ without help from others and without a devotion to love others. So at EPIC, we encourage partnership. We commit ourselves to each other for our own growth, the growth of others, and the ministry of the church.
6. Strengthening the family and investing in the next generation: Broken homes are the norm in our culture and even at our church. The times today are remarkably challenging for families and kids, especially those that would seek to follow Jesus. So, we are committed to strengthening families and teaching children and students to know and love God.