Boston is a “city of neighborhoods,” carved up into 20+ distinct communities. Roslindale is one of those neighborhoods. It is located in the southwest portion of the city, and it is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in terms of class and ethnicity. It has a strong community ethic, dense urban village feel, and it is located at the cross-roads of multiple similar size neighborhoods (e.g., West Roxbury to the west, Mattapan to the east, Jamaica Plain to the north, and Hyde Park to the south). Many travel through Roslindale on a regular basis and benefit from it’s parks, shops, Farmers Market, etc. Our new church has the potential to reflect and serve the rich diversity in the area.
In terms of specific vision, we hope to be an intergenerational church reflecting the rich diversity of our area. We long to be a community that tears down boundaries between people groups and welcomes all regardless of background or perceived struggles. Ultimately, we long to be a worshipping community rooted in Christ, committed to one another, and engaged in our neighborhoods.
ROOTED IN CHRIST: Christ is the foundation upon which everything is to be rooted and built (Col 2:6-7). He is described in Scripture as the Cornerstone, the Vine, the High Priest, the Head of the church, etc. He reigns over the church from his heavenly throne and empowers its expansion through the work of the Holy Spirit. Christ has commissioned his followers to proclaim the gospel, and he has promised to tear down the walls of hostility between people groups (Eph 2:14, Rev 5:9). This brings great hope to an area as ethnically and socioeconomically blended as Roslindale. To be rooted in Christ means to serve his purposes in his strength. It is also a recognition that, apart from him, we can do nothing of eternal value (John 15:3).
COMMITTED TO ONE ANOTHER: Christians cannot mature in isolation. Unfortunately, that is the tendency of many American Christians as they allow an individualistic and consumer mindset to pervade their church interactions. The idea of “doing life together” is far from common practice, and that has caused many Christians to be ill equipped and spiritually immature. Jesus once taught his disciples, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you… By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). Our congregation seeks to be committed to one another in a way that is counter-cultural and consistent with our gospel message. We long to share, care, and sacrifice for one another as the Lord gives the increase (Acts 2:42ff).
ENGAGED IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS: Jesus commanded his disciples to love neighbor as self (Mark 12:31) and to be salt and light before a watching world (Matt 5:13-16, 1 Pet 2:12). The culture is changing rapidly around us, and the church can respond in many ways that are not the model of Christ. For example, some Christians want to retreat or buffer themselves from culture, while others want to dominate the culture. Christ the King Roslindale will seek to engage the culture through an active presence and faithful proclamation of the gospel in word and deed. An emphasis will be placed on love of neighbors as those made in the image of God. Teaching and related ministries will seek to cultivate an outreach orientation, and the relational strengths of the congregation will be used to make important bridges into the life of the surrounding community.
We are affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America and affirm the central teachings outlined in the Westminster Confession of Faith.
Briefly, we believe that there is one true God who exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are the same in substance and equal in power and glory.
We believe that God made all things seen and unseen. He created humanity for his glory, but we have rebelled against him and stand justly deserving His wrath and judgment. This rebellion is called sin, and it keeps us from being able to please God or rectify our broken relationship with him.
We believe that God mercifully purposed to make all things new and to rescue a people for himself. God the Father sent God the Son to be a substitute for us. Jesus lived a perfect life and died a substitutionary death to appease the wrath of God and merit salvation for all who believe in Him. The only way to restored relationship with God is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Finally, we believe that the followers of Jesus Christ are rescued to play a role in the advancement of his glorious kingdom. Jesus currently reigns from heaven and will one day come again to consummate his kingdom. All things will be made new and his followers will enjoy perfect and eternal worship and fellowship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Bryan and Lisa have long considered ministry in the Boston area. Lisa grew up in New England, and Bryan was born in and has a similar affinity for the Northeast. After several years of seminary training and preparatory work, the Loneys are excited to be in Roslindale and feel privileged to call it home.