Here at TVC our focus and understanding of identity as a faith community can be summed up in three words…
From Genesis through Revelation the arc of scripture paints a picture of a God who designed humanity to experience intimate Union with his presence. We aren’t intended just to know ABOUT God, but rather to be intimately familiar with his presence. We practice this in praying for one another, worshiping together and cultivating an awareness of Gods nearness in all of life.
The first story communicated in scripture is the creation narrative. We’re told plainly that you and I are shaped in “Gods image”. Throughout the rest of the story of scripture we see clearly that this “image of God” is communal. He exists as a triune community of persons: Father, Son & Holy Spirit. His intent is that we experience the intimacy of his life-posture by knowing life as a WE, and not just a ME. We practice many opportunities to do life together here at TVC as we seek to experience and reflect the way that God himself lives.
Scripture again and again makes clear the way that God sees humanity: with great compassion. From the fall of humanity in Genesis 3 to the gospel narratives that unpack the life & ministry of Jesus, we see with great clarity a God who pursues us and leans toward the space we currently inhabit with a heart of care, concern and compassion. He meets us in the throes of real life, not just to save us, but to fill us with his heart so that we may extend it to others. He heals and fills our lives with his kindness and power that we may both know and extend to those around us the comfort and compassion we ourselves have received from God (2 Cor. 1)