To be “open” means both that we are receptive to the transforming presence of God and willing to be empowered by God. The question is: Are we open to the Holy Spirit?
All of us have heard (or said) familiar Christian axioms that try to communicate wisdom in a few memorable phrases. But are these statements really true?
Stephen didn’t get involved with church until he was a young adult. He led the team that came to Wisconsin to start Madison Church. Stephen loves the way MC helps people discover God and develop relationships.
Daniel was raised going to church, but became disillusioned and left it all behind until his son was born. He found our church through a Google search. Daniel loves the community and commitment he’s encountered since that first visit.
Alyssa grew up in a Southern Baptist church. Her family found our church online. Alyssa’s favorite part of the Madison Church community is the people who make it feel “like coming home.”
We connect with God when we grow spiritually. Growing spiritually occurs through baptism, reading The Bible daily, and praying regularly.
We connect with the Church when we gather together. Gathering together means being involved in a small group, developing apprentice leaders, caring for family, resolving conflict, and learning from other leaders.
We connect with the world when we give back. Giving back includes volunteering, giving, and sharing our story.
Our relationship with Jesus begins by responding to God’s offer of salvation by believing in Jesus for forgiveness of sin, eternal life, and the gift of the Holy Spirit. The response includes repenting of our old way of life and accepting our new call to follow Jesus. It includes the public act of baptism where we follow Jesus’s example and demonstrate our commitment to him by being immersed as an act of our own will.
Jesus chose a group of twelve men to be in his inner circle of relationships. He spent lots of time with these men, shared important conversations and events with them, and just lived daily life with them. We are committed to the type of genuine biblical community the first Christians practiced. This is best lived out in the context of small groups. We actively participate in these groups and serve as catalysts to connect others into them.
Jesus endorsed the Old Testament practice of tithing – giving God the first 10% of everything we have. But he went much farther challenging us to live financially generous lives. He cautioned against storing up wealth, challenged us to be wise stewards of what we’ve been given, and commended radical generosity. We seek to align ourselves with these biblical principles by living financially generous lives, starting with a tithe and moving toward a life of radical generosity.
“The first interest meeting took place at a coffee shop with a guy I had just met. From that first meeting and more meetings like it, we began hosting barbecues over the summer at our apartment. Everyone brought food and drinks to share while we discussed God, the Bible, Jesus and spirituality. There was a lot of energy around what we were doing, and I decided that it was time to have monthly preview services during our first fall in Madison…
“Most of the people I have encountered in Madison are isolated and lonely. They are young adults who relocated here for a job or college; many of them not knowing how to develop healthy relationships. It became apparent that the most missional thing we could do in Madison was start a community-centric church, a place to know and be known. Our mission at Madison Church is connecting people with God and each other because we are determined to help people grow spiritually and build relationships. This has guided all of our methods and models.” – Stephen Feith