Did you notice those three words tucked up in the right hand corner of the home page? Small, but very significant words, each with a very specific purpose and intention. They are critical to our journey and yours as we make our way through life. What is the basic and most important need of every human being? To be loved. In the world as we know it, this is often a void within a person’s heart that is left vacant and felt profoundly. We long to see that void filled within you as it has been in us. People cannot fill it, or careers, things or money. We’ve all seen tons of examples around us that are evidence of that.
We say it during our gatherings, it’s on our signs, it part of our logo: You belong here. Our hope is that we provide a place, a family and refuge, where anyone can belong and be accepted, loved and encouraged.
We love our City and serve our friends and neighbors. As we walk with people through their struggles we point them to the cross and the gospel, which has transformed our lives. It is this, the golden nugget of truth – the gift of Jesus and the power of his love in our lives – that is at the crux of our faith.
Behavior is the fruit of belief. Once we exchange the belief in lies for truth, our behavior can change. Often that takes time. And that’s okay. The ongoing work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer is not a linear path from messy to unmessy. It’s often two steps forward three steps back. And that’s okay. But the Forge is here to help believers become what God intends: to “become conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29). This could take a lifetime, but we’re all about equipping people for following Jesus and serving out of that relationship; to walk out their life with purpose, passion with a clear sense of being loved.