As a church, we reach UPWARD to God through worship.
As messengers who love Jesus, we reach OUTWARD to our community through evangelism.
As a family, we reach INWARD to support each other.
"Gurnee SDA Church is to be a multi-ethnic, multi-generational mission-shaped community that loves God completely (UPWARD), ourselves correctly (INWARD) and our neighbors compassionately (OUTWARD)."
The vision of Gurnee SDA Church is birthed out of the very heart of Jesus.
First, the Great Commission:
And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations (ethnic groups), baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20 ESV
Second, the Great Commandment:
And He (Jesus) said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 22:37-40 ESV
In Gurnee SDA Church's vision, "Multi-ethnic, Multi-generational, mission-shaped community" is from the Great Commission and "Love God completely (UPWARD), Love ourselves correctly (INWARD), and our neighbors compassionately (OUTWARD)" is from the Great Commandment.