We have three values that drive us. We want to keep our focus on these because we believe they are essential to fulfilling our mission as a church.
Learning the Truth
We believe the Bible is God’s word (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:20-21) and the ultimate source of truth (John 17:17). Therefore, we are committed to submitting our lives to its authority. We are committed to the renewing of our minds (Rom 12:2) through the study of God’s Word (2 Tim 2:12) for the purpose of bearing good fruit (Matt 7:16-20). Our goal is not simply to know, but to grow (2 Tim 3:17; Jas 1:22; Heb 4:12). We will speak God’s Word into each other’s lives with grace and truth (John 1:17; Eph 4:15, 25; 1 Cor 4:6).
Living the Gospel
We believe the primary purpose for our continued existence here on earth is to bring glory to God by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ (Matt 28:18-20; John 20:21). Therefore, we are committed to aligning our lives around the gospel and its imperatives for us as Christ’s collective body. Every believer bears the responsibility of being the aroma of Christ in this world (2 Cor 2:15). This includes the verbal proclamation of the gospel and the charitable living that seeks to meet the needs of others (Jas 2:15-17; 1 John 3:17-18; Matt 5:16). We will make the personal sacrifices necessary to see the gospel go forth in power within our community and around the world. It is our commitment to the centrality of the gospel that will bind us together in our pursuit of Christ and His mission and maximize our effectiveness at bringing Him glory.
Loving the Family
We believe that all true followers of Jesus have been adopted by God as sons and daughters (Rom 8:15). We are the family of God (Eph 2:19). This new family must be governed by love (John 13:35). Therefore we are committed to discipleship processes that are highly relational. We will band together to share each other’s burdens and joys (1 Cor 12:24-26; Gal 6:2) and join each other for gospel purposes (Acts 9:31; 2:47). Above all, we will seek to put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity (Col 3:14).