Gospel-Rooted / West Asheville Focused / Simple / Honest / Praying / Merciful

WESTSIDE CHURCH is a newly formed community of Christians who love West Asheville and are striving to live in light of God’s redemptive Story among our neighbors here. Our deep desire is to be a community that is in, of, and for our neighborhood. We want to become more than just a church that is in West Asheville, but one that will become interwoven into the fabric of its lives and organizations, its celebrations and sorrows.

 

Christians can have the tendency to send the message that they have it all together, that they have something you need, and so come from a position of superiority or privilege. We think that posture contradicts the Story in which we find ourselves. This Story tells us of God’s relentless love and grace towards people who are not able to love like we are truly meant to love. God’s love and grace are ultimately expressed in Jesus, who came into our world to rescue us and free us to love God and love our neighbors.

We are people who are finding freedom and life as we learn to trust Jesus and let go of our unbelief and fear. We desire to be a community that welcomes the skeptical, the agnostic and the curious to pursue their questions and explore the Christian faith, and at the same time nurtures and develops those who already call Christ their own.

We are also people who recognize that we need help from others, so our church lives in community with other churches through our affiliation with the Presbyterian Church in America.

Here’s a sketch of how we’re seeking to live out our faith together:


GOSPEL-ROOTED
The “gospel” simply means good news: we believe Jesus lived the life we are designed to live and died to reconcile us to God, to make us new people who love him and our neighbors, and ultimately to restore all of creation. This good news shapes all that we do as a church.

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WEST ASHEVILLE FOCUSED
We love West Asheville and want to express and live out our faith in ways that fit this particular community in all its diversity. We believe there is great wisdom in living life in your neighborhood. Regularly overlapping with one another and our neighbors builds relational depth and pushes us outside affinity groups to love people who are different than we. Living locally helps us to conserve natural resources, support local business, and care personally for the specific needs of our community. Check out this excerpt from G.K. Chesterton on living in smaller communities.

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SIMPLE
We’re trying to do a few things well. We gather weekly to worship our God together as a community.  We show love for one another, carrying each other’s burdens and helping one another grow as people. We share life with friends and neighbors, engaging in community life and inviting others into community with us. Many of us meet regularly in various groups to intentionally pursue deeper, richer relationships. The goal is organic relationships rather than church-generated programs that require significant time and money to maintain.

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HONEST
The gospel frees us to be honest with God, ourselves and others. We can talk about our doubts and shortcomings and make room for others to do so as well. Loving honesty is essential for creating the true community and deep intimacy in relationships that are so elusive in this world. So we aspire to be people who know others well enough to love wisely, and who love others well enough to say what is needed. We seek to deal with conflict openly and in love, so that God’s love is made visible through our relationships.

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PRAYING

We have the great privilege of talking to the God who made us for relationship with himself. As in any healthy relationship, we want to express our gratitude and love for him often.  Recognizing our need for his transforming grace, we seek to ask God for his help regularly, both for ourselves and our neighbors.

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MERCIFUL
We are all in need. The Story in which we find ourselves tells us that God has shown us great mercy in our need.  In response, we seek to show mercy to those around us who are suffering, serving in humility and compassion, and not out of compulsion, duty or guilt.

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