Valuing the Authority of Scripture
Because the Bible is God’s Word, it is the supreme authority in our lives. We therefore value the passionate pursuit of knowing, applying & teaching the Word of God.
"16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
[2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:3, 2 Pet. 1:19-21, John 17:17, Psalm 119:105]
Investing in Meeting the Needs of Our Local Community
Because the church is called to be an ambassador for Christ, we must live as salt and light in our world. We therefore value our church addressing community concerns by doing good works and sharing biblical truths.
"16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)
[Matt. 5:13-16; 1 Tim. 3:15; Eph. 2:10]
Connecting within the Community of Believers
Because the church is the Body and Bride of Christ, we are called to live in unity with each other and as a light to the lost. We therefore value commitment to the church, loving accountability and service, Christ like forgiveness, and biblical discipline for the building up of this local body.
"24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." (Hebrews 10:24-25)
[Heb. 10:24-25; John 13:34-35, Eph. 4:1-3, Phil. 2:3-5, Phil. 2:15, Matt. 18:15-17]
Training our Members for Faithful Ministry
Because every believer is called to be a minister of the Gospel, they are to participate in God’s work through the local church. We therefore value the training and sending out of our members to be effective ministers to serve our church, our community, and the world.
"11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:" (Eph. 4:11-12)
[Eph. 4:11-16; 2 Tim. 2:2]
Obeying the Command to Glorify God in all Areas of Life
Because God is who He is, He is deserving of our highest thoughts, actions and emotions. We therefore value the duty and delight of giving him the honor due Him in all areas of our lives and service.
"31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31)
[1 Cor. 10:31; Matt. 22:37-38, Isa. 42:8]
Reaching People with the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Because all people have sinfully forsaken God, God lovingly initiated the plan of bringing them back to Him through Christ. We therefore value the process and the product of sharing the truth about Christ in love, knowing that God does the saving.
"19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:19-20)
[Matt. 28:19-20; Matt. 22:39, Gal. 4:4-7]
Yielding Our Lives to God
Because Jesus Christ is the model for how we are to live and please God, we yield our lives to God. We therefore value the transformation of our heart’s desires and motivations and make our lifelong pursuit the goal of becoming more like Him.
"13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God." (Romans 6:13)
[Eph. 4:22-24; 1 Pet. 3:11, Rom. 5:1-5, Rom. 6:13-19]