REVIVING OUR CITY
ONE BLOCK AT A TIME
WE ARE →
Risk Takers: We spell faith “R-I-S-K.”
We are strategic risk-takers who choose faith over comfort to experience unbelievable outcomes.
Experience Makers: We create impactful experiences.
We embrace every moment as an opportunity to help our world experience God through what we create and how we behave.
Pursuing Excellence: We honor God and inspire people.
We give our best because God gave us His. It is our privilege to give our greatest effort, attitude, and focus.
Practicing Unity: We celebrate differences and seek understanding.
We bridge racial, economic, and social divides by reaching out, embracing conflict, and listening before disagreeing.
Responsible Owners: We are owners, not renters.
We love our city and church, therefore we accept the responsibility to serve, care for, and leave it better than we found it!
Development Driven: We value people and personal growth.
We are self feeders and growing leaders, who are intentional about our time and purpose.
Ready Investors: We live to give and look to sow.
We start where we are and actively listen to the voice of God for where, what, and who to invest in next.
Authentic Community: We are together and known.
We pursue genuine relationships that are life-giving, joy- filled, and challenge us to be better.
Always Multiplying: We embrace mission over preference.
We are devoted to inviting others, making disciples, and reproducing churches.
Passionate Believers: We love Jesus and show it.
We are over-the-top about what Jesus has done for us and express it individually and corporately.
is our foundation point; it is where we start and describes how we will end. We believe that the entire Bible is the inspired, infallible and inerrant Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit to write the books of Scripture (2 Pet 1:20-21). The words of the Bible are the primary source for teaching and equipping Christians for a life of righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
GOD THE FATHER
He is exactly that. God is both the Creator of the world and our constant provider. We believe there is one God who is the Creator and the Ruler of the universe (Gen. 1:1). He eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19).
is God’s one and only Son. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life … He is the only way to the Father and we are saved by no other name through the work of the cross. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, in his virgin birth (Matt. 1:23), his sinless life (Heb. 4:15; 7:26), his atoning death on the cross (1 Cor. 15:3), his resurrection on the third day (John 11:25; 1 Cor. 15:4), and that He will return again to reign as Lord of lords (Acts 1:11; 1 Tim. 6:13-16).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
is our constant companion, voice, and navigator. We believe in the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit that empowers each Christian to live a godly life (Rom. 8:11). The body of each believer is a “temple” in which the Holy Spirit is present (1 Cor. 6:19-20). Therefore, every believer must foster a life of being filled with the Spirit, which is both an initial and an ongoing experience for Christians (Ephesians 5:18). The Holy Spirit provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, guidance in doing what is right and spiritual gifts to build the church.
We believe that human beings were created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him (Gen. 1:26), but became alienated from that relationship through sinful disobedience (Gen. 3). As a result, humanity is totally incapable of coming back into a right relationship with God by one’s own effort.
We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross solely provides for the forgiveness of sins (Mark 10:45). Therefore, salvation is received only when a person places his faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the sufficient payment for one’s acknowledged sin (Acts 2:38). This salvation is not earned but a gift available by the grace of God alone (Eph. 2:8-9).
is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Once we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, baptism is a way for us to publicly declare our new life in Christ. It is also a step of obedience based on God’s commands and allows us to follow the example of Jesus, who submitted himself to baptism to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:16-17, 28:18-20; Acts 2:41, 8:12).
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence (John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9).
is us. As a body of believers we make up the church of Jesus Christ. And it is our mission to use the platform of the local church to make disciples, meet the needs of our community, and strengthen fellow believers. We believe that the church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus is the Head (Col. 1:18). The purpose of the church is to gather believers to glorify God by being a powerful witness for Jesus Christ in a lost world (Matt. 28:18-20). God wants to edify and build up His church, this is why the Holy Spirit gives a variety of spiritual gifts to believers such as-encouragement, serving, teaching, healing, prophecy, etc. (Romans 12, I Cor. 12). We practice two ordinances in the church instituted by Christ Himself: water baptism (Luke 3:21-22) and Holy Communion (Luke 22:14-20). But most importantly, the church exists to share the love of Jesus.
JOEY AND LAUREN FURJANIC
Joey Furjanic is the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Block Church. He and his wife, Lauren, travel frequently speaking at churches and youth events internationally. Joey holds a bachelors degree in church ministries from Southwestern University and Lauren holds her degree in education from Elmira College. The Furjanic’s love Philly sports, good music, and travel.