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Our Core Values
Our core values are based upon the Bible because we believe that the Scriptures are totally reliable and sufficient to equip every believer for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).These Biblical values exist as timeless, trustworthy guides for ministry to people. Therefore, our aim is to pursue and develop:
We believe Jesus Christ is the only head of the Church (Ephesians 5:23). Therefore, our purpose is to serve Christ through obedience to his Word, the Bible, with the goal of exalting him in what we think, say and do. This motivation prompts a commitment to excellence in our ministry to people (Colossians 3:23).
We believe the Bible is authoritative and sufficient to clearly guide us by precept, prohibition and principle (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Therefore, our purpose is to obey and use Biblical truth in the making of all decisions for effective ministry to people.
We believe the Church – which refers to the universal body of believers and expresses itself in local groups of believers – exists to serve people of all ages and races, both saved and unsaved. We filter decisions through the grid of this question: “How will this decision or activity enable us to serve and care for people more effectively?
We believe God has commissioned believers to share the gospel and grace of Jesus Christ with people (Matthew 28:19-20). This relational style of evangelism is key to inviting people to admit their sin, see their need for the Savior, and trust him alone for the gift of salvation and eternal life (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9)
We believe every believer is entrusted with spiritual gifts (or skill sets) that equip them for ministry to people who may be inside or outside the Church (1 Peter 4:10). God has charged leaders with the task of teaching and equipping believers from the Scriptures so they better serve others (Ephesians 4:11-16). Every believer is expected and empowered by God to serve others.
We believe God has chosen to use the Church – that is, saved individuals who gather in local assemblies – to reach out and share the gospel so that many hear the good news, trust Christ as Savior, and mature in Christ. Therefore, we aim to be used by God for the purposes of evangelism (sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ) and edification (sharing the steps to spiritual growth in a believer’s relationship with God) (Ephesians 2: 1-5, 8-9; 4:11-13).