Does how we live matter? The answer to this question, of course, depends to a large extent on answers to other prior questions: What does it mean to be a human being? Is there a God, and if so, what does this God expect of me? Who gets to define what is good? If I am an end unto myself, then how I live only matters insofar as I act in such a way where I don’t harm myself. If, however, God exists, and if this God-who-exists chooses to reveal himself, and if this God-who-exists-and-reveals-himself has ordered creation so as to allow for human flourishing, and if this God-who-exists-and-reveals-himself-and-allows-for-human-flourishing has actually outlined what this flourishing looks like and empowers us for it, then yes, how we live matters—profoundly.
This is what the church offers, albeit in the midst of a society that thinks it is crazy and naïve for doing so. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). In Christ, and by the Holy Spirit, we are called to holiness—to love God and neighbor—for God himself is holy (Lev 11:44). We’re called to become something different—a new creation. What comes naturally, or what feels right, is not the litmus test that determines our living.
At Fleetwood, we’re committed to fostering an environment in which all people can experience that for which they were created: life in Christ and by the Spirit, and life turned outward towards others. As such, we’re committed to calling people deeper into discipleship. Knowing that true freedom is only found in the experience of that relationship for which we were created, we invite people into this life and nurture them along its way.