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 complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (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 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 in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you 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 Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,” (Ephesians 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 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you 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 therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” 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 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” (Romans 6:13)
[Eph. 4:22-24; 1 Pet. 3:11, Rom. 5:1-5, Rom. 6:13-19]