Our Ministry Values:
Worship, Discipleship, Community, & Mission
These four values are designed to encompass the whole of our biblical responsibility and to shape the way we do life together. They define how we live as individual followers of Jesus and how we “do church” as the body of Christ. None of these four values can be neglected if we hope to fulfill this mission.We believe that all four of these spiritual dynamics must be integrated into both our corporate worship services as well as our community groups and discipleship groups
Worship points to the vertical dimension of our Christian experience. We look upward to God and our fundamental responsibility to know, love and honor him.
INTIMACY WITH THE FATHER
When true intimacy characterizes any relationship, both parties not only know the other but long to be known. They desire not only to love the other but to enjoy the love the other has for him/her. Our aim, therefore, is that this would be true in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, as we experience the liberating and life-changing joy of intimate fellowship with him.
Jesus is central and supreme in our affections and thus also in the praise and adoration that we express during times of both corporate and personal worship. We long to see and savor the supremacy of Christ in all things, a passion that gives shape to how we worship him.
THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT
We believe in the power of the Spirit today, not only in enabling us to grow in holiness and to conformity to Christ. It is the Spirit, in fact, who enables intimacy with the Father and empowers worship of the Son.
CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS
God has commanded that his people regularly celebrate two sacraments or ordinances: Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Water baptism symbolizes our entrance into spiritual life and through the Lord’s Supper we are nourished and sustained within it.
We celebrate the joy of giving in support of the Church and the expansion of God’s kingdom, always quick to acknowledge that what we give we have first received from our Heavenly Father.
The Christian life is a journey towards ever-increasing conformity to the image of Christ himself. Discipleship points to this progressive spiritual transformation of becoming more like Jesus in every way.
INFORMED AND TRANSFORMED BY THE SCRIPTURES
Genuine spiritual maturity can only be attained as we are taught and informed by the revelation of God in Scripture and thereby transformed into a people passionate for His name and satisfied with all that he is for us in Jesus. We affirm not only the inspiration of the Scriptures but their life-changing, sin-killing power, and thus regard the Bible as central and foundational to all we believe and do as a church.
CULTIVATING THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
Christian maturity is largely defined by the degree to which our lives manifest the fruit of the Spirit. We strive, therefore, by the grace of God at work within us, to cultivate the virtues of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Community points to the horizontal dimension of our Christian experience. We look inward (or around) to one another in the body of Christ and our fundamental responsibility is to encourage and edify one another.
PURSUING LIFE TOGETHER
Life was never meant to be lived in isolation from others, but in relationship with those who share with us a common faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
ACCOUNTABILITY AND ENCOURAGEMENT
We grow spiritually only to the extent that we are held accountable by others who love us and are encouraged by them to persevere and press into the heart of God. And they, in turn, are equally dependent on us for the same blessings. In a word, we must entrust ourselves to one another.
WALKING IN THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS GOD HAS GIVEN EACH ONE OF US...
All spiritual gifts were bestowed for the “common good” (1 Cor. 12:7), to be used by all believers to strengthen, encourage, teach, and love one another as we grow up together in Christ.
SERVING ONE ANOTHER
The relationship among Christians in a local church is not mere casual acquaintance but a mutual inter-dependence that flows from a spiritual unity graciously fashioned by God himself. Thus we are to sacrifice for the sake of the other and “through love” we are to “serve one another” (Gal. 5:13), just as Christ served us by giving himself to redeem us from sin.
TRAINING AND EQUIPPING
God’s desire is that all his children serve in ministry, and not simply those who are paid for their services. To this end, we are each called not only to be trained and equipped but also to train and equip others for the work to which God has called us.
By the word mission we have in view our responsibility to the world. We look outward to make Christ known through the gospel and to bring his lordship to bear on every dimension of life.
The church does not exist solely for its own sake, but in order to participate in the mission of God in bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. Mission is not an optional program in the church but an essential element in the identity of the church. Mission is as much who we are as what we do.
PURSUIT OF BIBLICAL JUSTICE
Essential to our mandate as the people of God is to strive, in the power of the Spirit, for peace, racial reconciliation, together with the alleviation of poverty, hunger, and homelessness. We do not confuse these endeavors with the content of the gospel. They are, rather, the desired consequence of what God has accomplished for us in Christ.
SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
Our aim is to extend the kingdom of God in our community not only by preaching the gospel but also by expressing his love through concrete deeds of service and sacrifice for those who do not know him.
ENGAGING AND CHANGING THE CULTURE
We are called neither to retreat from our culture nor to conform to it but, through the power of the Holy Spirit and the truth of the gospel, to seek its transformation through the Gospel.