Our Core Values
The following eight core values are the principles that are most important in defining who we are and what we’re all about as a church:
- The authority and sufficiency of the Bible. Because the Bible is God’s Word, we are committed to believing whatever the Bible teaches, obeying whatever the Bible commands, and getting as much of the Bible into as many hearts as we can. We seek to put the Bible to good use in our worship services, our church ministries, and our personal lives (Deut. 12:32; Ps. 19:7-11; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 20:20, 27; 1 Tim. 3:15; 2 Tim. 3:16-4:2).
- A high view of God. Our main purpose as individuals and as a church is to glorify and enjoy the God of the Bible. Therefore, we will promote a high view of God by emphasizing the theology of the Bible and by encouraging people to walk with God and to grow in their knowledge of God (Lev. 10:3; Ps. 16:11; 73:25-26; Is. 6:3-5; 57:15; Jer. 10:10; 31:34; Dan. 11:32; Jn. 17:3; Rom. 11:36; Col. 1:28; 2 Pet. 3:18; Rev. 4:8, 11).
- Loving concern for the well-being of other people. Christianity is a truth-based faith that is lived out in the real world with real people. We are committed, therefore, to showing the love of Christ to people in our church, community, nation, and world by sharing the gospel, our wealth, and ourselves (Mark 12:31; 2 Cor. 5:14; Gal. 5:14; 1 Jn. 3:16-19).
- The centrality of the gospel of grace. The gospel (good news) about the person and work of Jesus Christ is the main point of the Bible. It is the main message that God has given the church. Therefore, as a church we will center-up on the gospel as the only message of salvation, the key to the Christian life, and the foundation of Christian unity (Acts 20:24; Rom. 3:21-22; 1 Cor. 2:2; 15:3; Gal. 1:8-9; 2:20; Phil. 1:27; Col. 1:5-6).
- Gospel growth. With God’s blessing, the ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ produces the conversion of sinners and the spiritual growth of Christians. We are committed, therefore, to be on the advance with the gospel in our community and to the ends of the earth by equipping the saints for their role in making and growing disciples wherever the Lord sends them and by participating with other churches and ministries in gospel-promoting endeavors (Matt. 16:18; 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 13:1-3; Rom. 10:14-15; 1 Cor. 9:19-23; Eph. 4:11, 15-16; Col 1:5-6; 1 Pet. 3:15).
- God-centered, people-edifying worship. As the temple of the Holy Spirit, the church is called to assemble together in order to proclaim the infinite worth of God to receive our love, obedience, and praise in a manner that also builds up God’s people. Therefore, our Lord’s Day worship services will be centered on God and conducted in language and style that are intelligible and engaging to people in our community (Ps. 37:4; 96:7-8; Matt. 4:10; Jn. 4:23-24; Rom. 1:23-25; 1 Cor. 9:22; 14:15-16; Eph. 4:11-12; Col. 3:11; Rev. 4:11).
- Christian fellowship. As Christians we are called to share our lives in community with other disciples. Therefore, we will promote Christian fellowship where the gospel is displayed, the one-another’s of the New Testament are lived out, and each member of the body of Christ is cared for (Jn. 13:35; 15:12-13; Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 12:12-27; 2 Cor. 6:14; Gal. 6:2; Col. 3:12-15; 1 Jn. 1:3; 3:16; 4:7-11).
- Dependence on God. Without Christ, we can do nothing. Therefore, we will express our dependence on God through our words, attitudes, and the central place of prayer in our church life (Ps. 127:1; Matt. 21:13; Mk. 9:29; Lk. 11:1; Jn. 15:5; Col. 4:2; 1 Thess. 5:17; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; James 4:2).