Who are we?
"Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand." Psalm 95:6-7
We are a group of families and single adults ranging from ages twenty to sixty-five. We live in Arlington, Winchester, Woburn, Waltham, and other Boston suburbs. Our occupations and backgrounds range, but we have in common our gratitude for the Good Shepherd who pulled us out of all kinds of trouble and into his flock.
Many of us have roots in the historic restoration movement. Like our forefathers, we desire to be Christians only, but do not consider ourselves to be the only Christians! We do not align ourselves with any denomination, but desire to be united with all those who are serious about following Jesus. We are committed to and are actively working with our brothers and sisters around the world to advance the Kingdom of God.
To this end, we are quite serious about studying the Word of God and obeying all of Christ's commands. This begins with the Great Command to love God and our neighbor, striving to live holy lives, putting into practice Jesus' teachings, and spreading the good news of the Kingdom throughout our neighborhoods, the city of Boston, and the world. We welcome you to fellowship with us during one of our Sunday or Wednesday meetings, or to listen to one of our Sunday lessons to learn more about us and the God we seek to love and serve.
Where are We Headed?
Here are a number of things we are striving towards. We are a work in progress and are grateful for God's grace and Spirit to help us along the way!
We are a group committed and devoted to studying, knowing, meditating on and following the Scriptures – striving for both a personal and collective devotion to all of the Scriptures. (2 Tim. 3:16-17, Acts 17:11)
We are striving to be a fellowship that loves Jesus and embraces every aspect of His Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
We desire to be undenominational Christians in a fellowship that embraces what Jesus taught in John 17 and what Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 1 regarding unity and sectarianism. We want to be devoted to building bridges, ignoring labels, and breaking down walls that separate obedient believers from each other.
We are striving to be a fellowship that puts the greatest emphasis on what was most important to Jesus, "to major in the majors," such as loving God with one's whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself. We also do not want to miss any of the commands Jesus taught his followers. We desire to keep an open mind to learn from other Christians things we may have missed.
We desire to be a church that focuses on doing our own work, while thinking about, talking about, and highlighting the positive things other Christians and churches are doing that are pleasing to God. We are striving to put into practice things that others who are like-minded could find encouragement and inspiration from, and that could be implemented and multiplied anywhere in the world, by any group.
We recognize that “those who preach the gospel should make their living from the gospel” (1 Cor. 9:14). At the same time, we are committed to utilizing house churches and raising up self-supported preachers and teachers. This will allow us to free up more resources to help the poor and to spread the gospel both domestically and overseas. House churches proved to be extremely effective for the early church and, we believe, are still worthy of imitation today.
We strive to be a fellowship that embraces the cross of Christ and the difficult way of suffering for righteousness sake. We want to be among those who grasp and teach that in some cases our only rewards for following Jesus will come after the Day of Judgment, not in this brief life.