You Belong Here
We currently meet at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church – 10 E Mount Vernon Place. Enter through the side of the building facing Charles Street. Plan to stay and share a meal with us directly following the service, usually around 7:00.
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John Kovacs - Feb 22, 2015
Kingdom Sense: Seeing Worth
From Series: "The Kingdom of God: Embracing a New Way to Live"
What is the kingdom of God?
Our God is Creative
Our vision is to illuminate our city with the Light of life- that our lives would bright reflections of our Creator.
We are artists, students, businessmen, husbands, wives and families striving to live out an authentic faith with each other and the world around us.
We recognize that many have issues with the church, so do we. But rather than avoiding this often difficult yet potentially beautiful expression of God, we are choosing to embrace it.
By recognizing our innate need for community, confronting our inclinations toward selfishness and turning to the answers that God has given to us through His son, we are being transformed by the power of the gospel.
We strive to be authentic in the ways we approach God, our relationships and our own lives. While simply said, this is often a complicated and messy thing. We constantly challenge each other and ourselves not to sugar-coat anything, and yet still grant each other (and ourselves!) grace in this journey of life.
We never want to be more wrapped up in ourselves than in others. Following a God who sacrificed Himself for the sake of others compels us to care for those we know and those we don’t, Christian or not. Valuing “outreach” translates to more than evangelism, but actually being willing to live out the gospel to and alongside others.
We believe that God meets us where we are, but never wants to leave us there. He is uniquely able to love us just as we are, and yet has a desire that we fulfill the potential for which He created us. Therefore, we are invested in becoming more like Christ, the growth that entails, and fostering that growth in others.
We are committed to being a place of diversity, in the various forms that might take. This can be especially challenging to navigate, but we believe that the kingdom of God is bigger and more varied than we see most of the time. We want to be a place where people who normally aren’t comfortable in the church can find a space to explore God, the Bible and Christianity.
We believe that God, as Creator, is relevant to our lives and culture today, as is His word, the Bible. We understand that as the culture around us changes, we need to evaluate if we are still speaking the same language as the people we are trying to reach. As ourselves participants in this modern American culture, we strive to communicate and represent God and the Bible in ways that our peers and others like us can understand.
We believe that the original writing of the Holy Scriptures, including the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament, is the inspired Word of God and without error. We believe it is an essential record of God’s self-disclosure to humanity. Through the Scriptures we are led to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and it is the final authority, rule, and guide for all believers in Jesus Christ and for His Church.
The Triune God
We believe in one living and true God: infinite, perfectly holy, eternal, and almighty. In the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and yet these three are one God and equal in every divine perfection.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son and is fully God and fully man. He was supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. By His death on the Cross in our place for our sins, He revealed God’s love, upheld His divine justice, reconciled us to God and redeemed us from sin. The third day He arose bodily from the grave, ascended into heaven where, at the right hand of God, He intercedes for His people. He is the Head of the Church and Lord over all.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Third Divine Person of the Godhead. His ministry is to glorify the Son, convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He bears witness to the truth, the Gospel, by which He persuades us to repent of our sins and confess Jesus as Lord. He also indwells within the regenerate, and baptizes, seals, and empowers us for godly living and kingdom work.
We believe that man was created in the image of God that man might have fellowship with Him. Tempted by Satan, man sinned against God. being separated from God, he became subject to God’s wrath, inwardly depraved, and incapable of returning the God. Fallen, lost, and without hope, man can only receive salvation in Christ.
We believe that salvation is provided solely by His grace and only through faith in Jesus Christ a part from human merit, words, or ceremonies.
We believe that the Third Person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit, plays the personal and vital role in our sanctification and seeks to produce His fruit in us as we are conformed to the image of Christ. In the process of being conformed in the image of Christ, we grow in the knowledge of the Lord, freely keep His commandments, and endeavor to glorify our Father who is in heaven.
We believe that there are two church ordinances: water baptism, which is a public identification of the believer with Christ, and the Lord’s Supper, which is the commemoration of the atoning death of our Lord Jesus Christ until He comes.
We believe that the church is the spiritual body of Christ, of which He is the head. We believe there is a two-fold aspect to the church: the church universal and the local church. The church universal is made up of those who have become genuine believers of Christ and have personally appropriated the gospel. All members of the church universal are to be committed members of a local church. The local church is where God’s people can receive pastoral care, discipleship, and the opportunity to use their God-given spiritual gifts and talents in its service in relation to one another and the world. Overall, the church universal and local exist to worship and glorify God.
We believe in the consummation of all things which includes the visible, personal and imminent return of Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead, the divine judgment, the rapture of all believers alive in Christ, and the fulfillment of Christ’s kingdom in the new heaven and the new earth. In the end, the eager expectation of creation will proclaim the glory of God who makes all things new.
Husband, artist, shepherd,teacher,chef and self-professed foodie, New Orleans Saints nut, athlete and closet musician (for starters). John is originally from New Orleans, where he still claims loyalties. It has been 10 years since he moved to Baltimore, which is now embraced as home for him and his wife Maria. He originally journeyed to Baltimore to study art- earning degrees in painting and community arts. It was during this season that God redirected His life and for the first time John surrendered his plans and existence to God. In addition to serving as pastor for the Light, John is very passionate about ministering to artists and helping equip people to use their gifts for the gospel and God’s glory.
Connect with Us
Unique, neighborhood-based community groups. Each home group meets regularly to share food, learn and pray while living out the gospel with one another. These groups challenge us to love each other and live beyond our often isolating, selfish habits. Becoming involved in a home group is one of the best ways people at The Light can experience the kind of authentic community Christ intends for His followers.
We meet every other Sunday over dinner from 7–9PM to discuss and share ways we can further our creative gifts and passions.
If you have questions or for more info about our gatherings, Please contact John Kovacs at firstname.lastname@example.org.