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Our Core Values Influence Our Actions

Since God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is “What does the Bible say?” We practice daily Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.

  • All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 

  • But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22

1. We value the Bible as our sole authority.

Beliefs are not worth much unless they are translated into actions. Based on what the Bible teaches, we feel very strongly about the following core values.

We believe that one of the most Christ-like things you can do is serve the needs of others. Maturity is when you take off the bib and you put on the apron. Instead of saying things like, “We’re not being fed” the mature believer says, “What am I doing to feed others?” That is the mark of maturity.

  • Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:2-4

  • …the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28

  • “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

2. We value serving the needs of others.

We believe that God deserves our best. It is a good testimony for a Christian to produce superior quality. We strive for excellence in everything that we do. We strive for it in worship, music, in messages, in teaching, in pastoral care, in evangelism … in all things!

  • And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. Colossians 3:23

3. We value doing things with excellence.

We make no apology at all for challenging people to follow the commitments of Scripture: to give all their life to Christ, to have a daily quiet time, to share Christ with others, to tithe the first 10% of their income, to get in a small group, to find a ministry. We believe that a disciple is someone who has counted the cost of following Christ, surrendered all to Him, has been transformed by the Gospel, and is committed to maturing in the faith by developing spiritual disciplines that mobilize the disciple for ministry and missions. That’s a strong commitment!

  • “Whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it – lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘this man began to build and was not able to finish’?”. Luke 11:27-30

  • “Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Matthew 16:24

  • “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 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, 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 28:18-20 

  • “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

4. We value a strong commitment to discipleship.

We believe that discipleship does not occur in isolation from other believers. Love is the fuel that motivates and keeps the process of discipleship in action (Rev. 2:1-5). Discipleship is the process of intentionally mobilizing every individual believer to fulfill their God-given calling within the body of Christ by using their gifts in ministry and mission.

  • Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. Colossians 1:28

5. We value relational ministry and missions.

  1. “…Be at peace with each other.” (Mark 9:50)

  2. “…Wash one another’s feet.” (John 13:14)

  3. “…Love one another…” (John 13:34-35; 15:12, 17; Romans 13:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 John 3:11, 23; 4:7, 11-12, 2 John 5)

  4. “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love…” (Romans 12:10)

  5. “…Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:10)

  6. “Live in harmony with one another…” (Romans 12:16)

  7. “…Stop passing judgment on one another.” (Romans 14:13)

  8. “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you…” (Romans 15:7)

  9. “…Instruct one another.” (Romans 15:14)

  10. “Greet one another with a holy kiss…” (Romans 16:16; 1 Cor. 16:20; 2 Cor. 13:12; 1 Peter 5:14)

  11. “…When you come together to eat, wait for each other.” (1Cor. 11:33)

  12. “…Have equal concern for each other.” (1 Corinthians 12:25)

  13. “…Serve one another in love.” (Galatians 5:13)

  14. “If you keep on biting and devouring each other…you will be destroyed by each other.” (Galatians 5:15)

  15. “Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” (Galatians 5:26)

  16. “Carry each other’s burdens…” (Galatians 6:2)

  17. “…Be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2)

  18. “Be kind and compassionate to one another…” (Ephesians 4:32)

  19. “…Forgiving each other…” (Ephesians 4:32)

  20. “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.” (Ephesians 5:19)

  21. “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21)

  22. “…In humility consider others better than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3)

  23. “Do not lie to each other…” (Colossians 3:9)

  24. “Bear with each other…” (Colossians 3:13)

  25. “…Forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.”(Colossians 3:13) (Hebrews 10:24)

  26. “Teach… [one another]” (Colossians 3:16)

  27. “…Admonish one another (Colossians 3:16)

  28. “…Make your love increase and overflow for each other.” (1 Thessalonians 3:12)

  29. “…Encourage each other…” (1 Thessalonians 4:18; 5:11; Hebrews 3:13; 10:25)

  30. “…Build each other up…” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

  31. “…Spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24)

  32. “…Do not slander one another.” (James 4:11)

  33. “Don’t grumble against each other…” (James 5:9)

  34. “Confess your sins to each other…” (James 5:16)

  35. “…Pray for each other.” (James 5:16)

  36. “…Love one another deeply, from the heart.” (1 Peter 3:8; 4:8)

  37. “…Live in harmony with one another…” (1 Peter 3:8)

  38. “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” (1 Peter 4:9)

  39. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others…” (1 Peter 4:10)

  40. “…Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another…” (1 Peter 5:5)

We believe children are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are accountable to Christ for raising, training, and preparing their children to honor the Lord with a life of service to Him. For this reason, our children and youth ministries are not viewed as “glorified babysitting services,” but are partnerships with parents for the purpose of bringing honor to Jesus Christ through the family.

  • But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 1 Timothy 5:8

  • Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12

  • Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

  • Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3

6. We value families.

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