Jesus’s summary of the commandments of Scripture is convincing and clear. He calls us to love the Lord God with all our heart, soul, and mind and love our neighbor as you love yourself. That is it—the call to the Christian and non-Christian is the same. First, God: love him and pursue him passionately! Second, your neighbor: love them as you would yourself!
We first might wonder what kind of god can demand our love? But what kind of god would he be if he didn’t? The Lord of everything—the Creator (Genesis 1:1) and Sustainer (Colossians 1:16–17) of all things—do we not owe him our love and life? Yet we all immediately run into a problem: sin. All have sinned, (Romans 3:23) and no one on their own wants to come to God nor love him nor love our neighbor for God’s glory.
Furthermore, we deserve the wrath of God for disobeying him (Romans 2:5). Praise be to God that he provided a way for our salvation through Jesus Christ! Jesus’s death on the cross, his resurrection, and his ascension to power at God’s right hand shows he is very God of very God, and he alone has paid the penalty of our sins through his blood. (Romans 3:25) We are now justified by the gift of grace from God in Jesus received in faith.
This is the gospel—good news to us and to all people! As those who know this good news, we now have the mission to spread it to every people and culture: first near and, in God’s grace, to the ends of the earth. (Matthew 28:18–20) The Holy Spirit empowers and equips us each to take our place in accomplishing this mission. (1 Corinthians 12:7) Everywhere, in everyone, in every way, we want to see God glorified and passionately pursued.
This is our vision and mission, and the calling we are giving to all those who want to partner with us. Said succinctly:
Table Rock exists to spread a passion for the glory of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit.
Table Rock is governed by the pastors (elders) of the church. Our pastors are:
Luke Salik (candidate)
Don Straka (candidate)
In addition, we have an outside board of pastors (elders) during our startup phase who help give input and oversight to our church plant.
Table Rock Church has been blessed with some amazing partnerships, not only on the individual level here in Boise, in Minneapolis, and around the country, but also from other churches and church organizations.
While we believe in the autonomy of the local church under the leadership of the elders, we also believe partnerships allow for strategic advancement of the gospel both far and near. The help of these partners has been crucial in our church planting efforts in Boise!