Below are not simply values, but convictions, which guide us in the mission God has called us. The convictions below are the foundational beliefs that shape who we are and establish our beliefs about everything else. A value is something you will commit to, but convictions are beliefs you will sacrifice for. We desire them to shape both who we become and how we live.
The gospel is the good news of our God bringing glory to himself through rescuing us from Satan, sin, and death by the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. This Gospel drives everything we do. It’s the message we preach, share and live by. Through the gospel, God brings glory to himself, reconciles us to himself, and adopts us into His family. Living the gospel means that we turn away from sin and towards God in an act of repentance, grant grace and forgiveness to others, and extend kindness and compassion to those around us. The gospel leads us out of self-righteousness and self-pity enabling us to see ourselves as desperate people in need of redemption, yet more loved than we can believe and understand. (Ephesians 2:1-10, Titus 3:3-8)
We believe the Word of God is the rudder that steers the church. Further we believe that Scripture is fully sufficient and determines everything that we say and do. To say that something is sufficient is to say that it has everything it needs to do what it intends to do. The Bible claims for itself that it will never return void and that it will accomplish all that it sets out to do (Isaiah 55:11). We are committed to the sufficiency of Scripture to save sinners, sanctify saints, and to shape the church. We desire to see the sufficiency of the Word through expository preaching and Word-centered discipleship and evangelism. The sufficiency of Scripture enables the Christian to hold to a comprehensive teaching and all-encompassing worldview, providing light and life in the details of any situation and circumstance. (2 Peter 1:3, John 17:17).
We desire to see Christian discipleship that is rooted, first and foremost in the sufficiency of Scripture. Christian discipleship is about transformation through teaching others to apply gospel truths to every aspect of their lives. We pray our pastors do this in their sermons, and members do this in their relationships with one another. We are commanded and commissioned by Jesus to make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). Fundamentally to be a Christian is to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, which displays itself by looking to others for help in being like Christ and looking to help others be like Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1). This is foundational to our culture as a church. We pray that by God’s grace, our church will foster this culture of discipleship multiplying members who look more and more like Jesus for God’s glory.
We desire to be a thoughtful people engaging in the life and mind of the world around us as a way to glorify God and love Jesus. We desire to avoid both syncretism (worldliness and cultural captivity) and sectarianism (disconnected from others) by engaging the thought and cultural worlds around us while remaining set apart for the glory of God. Our lives are not to be solely given to people who believe the way we do, but for the good of all people. We desire to love and serve our local community and the nations in a way that reflects the love of God. We pray that those who do not follow Jesus will see the reality of His Kingdom and Gods glory through our church. (Isaiah 61:1-4, Matthew 22:39-40, Luke 19:10, Mark 10:45).