In Acts 15:14 Jesus’ brother James confirms the testimony of Peter that God first concerned himself with taking from among the Gentiles a people for his own name. In 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, the Apostle Paul details the gospel of Jesus Christ as that which is of "first importance." Therefore, we want to be a first concern church, characterized by fidelity to the glorious message of the gospel and faithfulness to the global mission of the gospel.
We want the real Jesus and his real purposes to be our real emphasis. We don’t want to get caught up in silly arguments, foolish controversies and divisive debates with each other or other Christians over matters of lesser importance. We want to give our time, attention, energy, resources and lives to matters of first importance. This narrows our scope as a church to a hyper-focus on the person and work of Jesus and the claim of the gospel over our whole lives.
In the midst of a polarized culture and a confusing church landscape, Generations aims to make God’s first concern our first concern. We want to both embrace and embody the doctrines of grace. This means we build unity around matters directly connected to the gospel, and give space for diversity on secondary matters. We want humility and charity to characterize our engagement with those who believe differently than us. Our mission is to glorify God through lives that are transformed by the gospel, and our ambition is to make disciples of Jesus and multiply churches among our neighbors, the nations and the next generation. It is of first importance that we hold fast to the message of the gospel, give ourselves to the mission of the gospel, and conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel.