Origins: "The first stage of existence; the beginning point"
Over the course of history the ideas and expectations from the word "church", "Christianity", and religion, have grown exponentially. Many of these ideas have greatly improved countless lives around the world! However, those very ideas and expectations often became traditions, and these current deep-seeded traditions often become very difficult to part with when they stand in the way of what God wants to do in the present age. Origins seeks to reestablish a 1st Century identity. The early Jesus followers did not have resources, buildings, or any of what many think is essential to engage their community. What they did have was a tremendous love for God and people, and felt personally responsible to bring the message of God's love to all people, everywhere. Community was the very basis for the movement of people known to follow the teachings of Jesus.
Origins is a place where establishing community is priority number one because we are created to live in community! Without a sense of genuine connection to other people we will feel dry and unfulfilled. We learn to live and love the way God intended us to when we are fully embraced by a loving community. We all benefit from the technological advancements in our age. However, none of them replace the impact that genuine relationships have on our lives.
A trusted community of faith is the optimal environment for ideas to be shared; life on life. Knowledge is the fuel for change in our lives. While each of us possess a certain amount of knowledge and experience, we need other people to share their knowledge and experience in order to give us a more robust understanding. We rely on the current understanding of our time, while looking at the lessons learned from those who have come before us. While truth is necessary for our growth in maturity, it certainly isn't always the easiest to live up to. Origins is a safe place for all people to be exposed to knowledge and experiences outside of ourselves, while being given the space and patience to consider its implications. Many things change within culture, but the search for something bigger than ourselves never goes away.