Like other Christian Evangelical churches, we celebrate the Bible’s message of freedom and the hope this brings to all humanity through Jesus Christ. We also ignore the confusing rituals and traditions of religion wherever the Bible gives this freedom. Jesus taught about spiritual life and relationships, not religion.
This is why our ministries provide a warm environment where people can seek a personal relationship with God, ask questions, and find out what the Bible actually says. Read about our core values to see what’s so exciting about Jesus Christ. He was remarkably irreligious, and he was all about personal relationships. Jesus brings a newness to spiritual life, and that’s when things get interesting!
The Bible records the amazing history of God’s kind intentions for us. He created us with design and purpose. The Bible reveals how to build significant lives that impact our families, friends, and the people we meet, and God leads people into maturity and the opportunity to impact the world around us in truly significant ways.
How does Xenos work?
Xenos is all about Christian fellowship and Bible studies meeting in homes, at Central Teachings and in a variety of sizes and approaches to fit our modern culture of diversity. We also resist elitism or social isolation, and we try to engage our communities and even the diverse cultures outside our experience. With discussion groups we build relationships in the neighborhood. Our student/youth ministries help kids succeed in school, pursue higher education, build character, and learn how to love their families with greater sacrifice.
It’s traditionally called “ministry”, but we call it The Love Ethic Jesus taught in the Bible, and it results in the most fruitful life available to humanity. People love Bible studies once they see The Love Ethic touching their hearts. This is why people at Xenos are so creative at finding new and different ways to reach others with the Love Ethic of Jesus Christ. We fight poverty and pursue the global concerns Jesus held for all humanity. These are important ways to reach outside the local Christian community with genuine concern.
All these groups require qualified leaders and workers who need support, so we provide equipping through Bible education, online resources, some pastoral counseling, leadership mentoring (which includes oversight), and finally logistical support for these efforts, which enables our groups to support each other through various retreats, our financial ministry, and events like baptisms, . But “infrastructure” should never overshadow what really matters.
|“What is important is faith expressing itself in love.” (Galatians 5:7, NLT)
What does the word "Xenos" mean?
Xenos (pronounced zee-noss) is a Greek word meaning a traveler or someone living outside their native land. We love the biblical use of Xenos, as in Philo-Xenos which means “friendliness toward strangers”, because we love to invite people into our homes and lives to share about the beautiful gift of God’s grace. The Bible says that all Christians are “Xenos” because Christians know that their lives are a temporary stewardship, not the end of life, so Christians are strongly motivated to share God’s love to all people.
What does Neo-Xenos mean?
If you lived anywhere near Cleveland you would already know that everything around here begins with “NEO”, as in “North-Eastern Ohio”. That’s because Cleveland is not just Cleveland. It’s really a composite of three major metropolitan areas: Cleveland, Akron and Canton (sometimes Youngstown is included). Northeast Ohio is a huge “Metropolitan Statistical Area” (MSA) according to the Census Bureau, and we’re all over that MSA!