The following values are not simply elements to make our church unique. These are the governing truths of the New Testament that provide an unchanging foundation for local church ministry in any context. They serve to guard us from pursuing pragmatic, man-centered innovation by allowing the New Testament to control who we are and what we do as a church.
We honor the Bible as the revelation of God to man and our final authority for belief and behavior
It is by the Word of God that the Spirit of God forms and shapes His people for His glory. We are convinced that the Word is necessary and sufficient for the salvation of people and the growth and health of the church. Therefore, Biblical Truth will govern every aspect of our life together as we commit to proclaiming, knowing, understanding, and obeying the Bible (Acts 2:42; 2 Timothy 3:15-4:2; Colossians 1:5-6, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 17:17)
We engage in continual communion with God and declare our dependence on Him with thanksgiving
Since the work of the church is a spiritual work, we are ever-dependent on the Spirit’s enablement. Therefore, we will devote ourselves to the priority of praying together as a congregation and as individual members (Ephesians 1:15-23, 3:14-21; 6:10-18; Acts 2:42-47; John 14-16).
We lovingly proclaim the gospel to all kinds of people and call them to respond in repentance and faith
The local church is God’s means of getting the message of the Gospel to the world. Therefore, we will endeavor to be a church that accurately understands the Gospel and is committed to lovingly proclaim the Gospel locally, nationally, and globally (Ephesians 3:10, 21; Romans 10:9-15; 2 Corinthians 5:14-20; Acts 13:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Timothy 2:1-6).
We help each other follow Jesus through the prayerful ministry of the Word in loving relationships
The church builds itself up as members are equipped to speak the truth in love. Therefore we will emphasize, encourage, and promote the priority of spiritually intentional relationships within the body. Our pastors will commit to equipping and enabling members to effectively minister, and members will commit to being equipped. To multiply the equipping of disciple-makers, we will seek to identify and develop future leaders (Ephesians 4:1-16; Romans 12:1-21; Hebrews 3:12-13).
We gather together to joyfully express our love and loyalty to Jesus as King
As an identifiable group of baptized believers, a church assembles to celebrate the glory of King Jesus, to proclaim His message, and to identify, oversee, and care for His people, and be equipped to go and make disciples. Therefore, our gatherings will center on exalting Christ as Lord and Savior, joyfully submitting His Word, and, as fellow-citizens of His kingdom, encouraging one another toward faithful allegiance to Jesus (Matthew 16:13-19, 18:15-20; Colossians 1:18; 1 Peter 2:5-9; Colossians 3:16).
We pursue and maintain a breadth and depth of committed relationships that display the unifying power of the Gospel
A Church is a group of people to whom we belong, and that belonging is built on a mutually recognized commitment to Jesus and to each other. Therefore, we will recognize our responsibility to and for one another as members of a body by living in selfless, sacrificial love for the good of our fellow members. We will guard the integrity of the body by being attentive to whom and how we receive and discipline members. Our commitment to one another will be a mutually recognized commitment, not casual and “assumed” (Ephesians 1-4:16; 1 Corinthians 12; Colossians 3:11-17; Hebrews 10:23-25; John 17:20-23).
We generously invest our God-given resources to further His eternal purposes
The church is to give generously in order to support the ministry of the gospel and care for each others’ needs. Therefore, we will always be ready to give of our time, energy, and finances to support the advancement of the Gospel. We will be eager to meet the needs of one another, and, as we have opportunity, we will seek to display the love and mercy of Christ to outsiders in need (2 Corinthians 8-9; 1 Timothy 6:6-7; 17-19; Galatians 6:6; Hebrews 13:15-16).