Our Purpose: To love God and love neighbor, for the life of the world.
Our Values: The grace of faith, hope, and love
Put simply: grace is the undeserved favor, love, and mercy of God. "Grace" is a word and concept essential to a right understanding of God as he has revealed himself in the person of Jesus and the written accounts of the Old and New Testaments. The story of the Bible—the story of creation, rebellion, and redemption—is a story of grace because it exposes our sin and rebellion against God (the bad news) but doesn't stop there; it goes on to reveal God's grace to sinners (the good news, or gospel). Grace is so important. It drives everything (Ephesians 2:1-10). Grace makes it clear that we are far worse than we can ever imagine, but far more loved than we ever dare hope.
At the end of his earthly ministry—after his preaching, teaching, and healing ministry reached its climax in his death and resurrection—Jesus told his early followers, and the leaders of his kingdom movement, to “go…and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” and to “teach them everything” that he commanded them (Matthew 28:19-20). It is our goal to continue this missional focus by strengthening the faith of believers while also seeking to respectfully dialogue with and engage those—both skeptic and curious alike—who have questions about the claims of the Bible, Jesus, and the historic Christian faith.
After Jesus commissioned his followers to go and make other disciples he also gave them this promise: “I am with you always, even to the end age" (Matthew 28:20). This touches on the hope of all who have placed their faith in Jesus and are saved by grace. The good news (the Gospel) is that in Jesus—through his life, death, resurrection, and reign—our rebellion (sin) against God has been forgiven, the power of sin has been broken, the kingdom of God has come, and once again we are able to enjoy the rest, in the loving presence of the Triune God, for which we were created. However, that’s not the end of the story. In having our communion with God restored we can also enjoy restored relationships with one another and have confidence that Jesus will return, at the culmination of history, to bring to completion his work of defeating evil, sin, and death. Therefore, our hope is not merely our individual(istic) salvation, but the salvation of all God’s people—from every tribe, nation, and language—and the healing of the whole of creation in the new heavens and new earth (Revelation 21-22)!
Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). The two great commandments, which summarizes all of God’s law, are: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.... And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:34-40; cf. Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18). Therefore, we seek to be faithful followers of Jesus as we respond to his grace and put our faith and hope into action through worship of the triune God, prayer, hospitality, and service (of each other and our communities). Through these practices we not only strengthen our faith, hope, and love through our celebration and proclamation of God’s love in Christ Jesus, but we also seek to embody that love in tangible—even if imperfect—ways that bring life and healing to the people and communities around us.
For more on our beliefs check out "What We Believe"
Dave Lindberg, originally from Arizona, grew up in the church and has been married to Julie, a Georgia native, since 2004. Together they have six kids ranging from one to thirteen years old. Dave has his BA from The University of Arizona and an MDiv. from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. He has been in pastoral ministry since April, 2012. From that point he served at a church in Atlanta until July, 2019 and began the process of starting a new church in South Jersey in October of that year. He and the family moved to the South Jersey region in January, 2020 and are excited about the ministry of Immanuel Church getting started. They pray that this adventure leads many to experience the grace of God that leads to rest in His presence and that they begin, even now, to revel in his love!
In his free time, Dave loves spending time with his family (being active outside as much as possible), cooking and eating food, reading, running and watching sports.