Why We're HereThe Measuring Line
Osteopathic Medical School
Purpose, Vision, and Mission
The Measuring Line is a church. The word church comes from the Greek ekklesia, which is a gathering or called-out assembly for the purpose of deliberating, and that’s what we do—we ponder with measured careful consideration and discussion the things of God as revealed to us in his Word, the Bible. We do so because we believe biblical Christianity pours out all the truth, goodness, and beauty that defines, fills, and satisfies our lives—our communal enjoyment of everlasting love relationship with God.
Our church is situated strategically amid Wofford College, USC Spartanburg, Converse, the Spartanburg Medical Center, and a couple community colleges. Obviously, we’d like to engage those communities whose young adult Christians usually very much enjoy thinking deeply about life and relationship and how to pursue their lives with purpose toward fulfillment. Whether they have backgrounds in Christianity and may need some help navigating through their secular philosophical college or work experience that either ignores or attacks their heritage, or if they have been newly introduced to Christianity and don’t yet realize how all the dots connect, we want to be.
But even though we are technically a church, our activity tends to steer toward a more relaxed attitude. Our Sunday discussions have more of a Bible-study approach in which we do have a teacher pastor present the exploration through Scripture, but he does so while still entertaining questions or comments here and there from those gathered to hear. Our approach is to emphasis and ensure learning not just delivery of a package. We normally work our way through whole books of the Bible over the course of many weeks or months. While we hold to certain fundamentals of belief (see our Beliefs page), we explore all areas of Christian concern to come up with a reasoned support system for what we conclude. In other words, just knowing what to believe is not enough here. We want to know why we believe what we believe. We hope that you will join us for our continued fascinating trip through the Bible’s stories, learning about God and how relationship with him blossoms and grows.
With regard to God and his revelation, our vision is to assist the search, encourage faith, and understand relationship.
The mission of The Measuring Line is to delight in the joy of our God and in his truth, goodness, and beauty as we satisfy for all seekers the biblical and theological questions, concerns, and puzzles regarding God and our relationship with him.