Leading people beyond just good enough to experience fulfillment in Jesus Christ.
It is important for us that the name of our church is directly tied to a specific text of Scripture. The goal is that every time a member of our church talks about The Branch they can share John 15:5. Our prayer is as people in our church live like missionaries in our community, those who hear of the church will associate our church with the Word of God.
We wanted the name of the church to communicate a complete dependency upon the Lord. John 15:5 is clear that unless the branches remain attached to the vine they will bear fruit and flourish. However, if the branches do not abide then they will certainly wither. We want the ministry of our church to be rooted in the completed work of Jesus Christ and anything good we accomplish is a byproduct of being attached to Christ’s grace, mercy, and power.
The name of our church should point people to Jesus Christ. Five times in the Old Testament the Messiah is referred to as the Branch. The references can be found in the following passages: Jeremiah 23:5-6;33:15-17; Zechariah 3:8-9; 6:12-13; Isaiah 4:2. Thus, the name of our church is a proclamation that we want to put Jesus on display for all to see.