To help us live out our professed beliefs, we hold to five (5) Core Values. These Core Values shape the identity and vision of our church. We shall be a church that is biblical, missional, incarnational, transformational, and relational.
We will base our theology and practice upon scholarly expositional teaching. We are committed to Christ’s admonition to love God with the heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30). Thus, we are committed to studying and learning from the full Word of God, including all the books of the Old and New Testaments. We respect God’s inspired Word as our ultimate source of authority in matters of faith and practice, and we approach our interpretations and applications with great care, study, and humility. We diligently seek to understand God’s Word in all that it teaches. At the same time, we also recognize that God’s ways are inscrutable. Because all truth is God’s truth, we trust that God’s Word will not contradict the true facts of God’s world. Our desire is for the careful expositional teaching of Scripture to transform lives into Christlikeness. Our core theology is biblically rooted in the broad stream of evangelicalism and is lived out with intentionality in practical wisdom throughout all spheres of life. Our desire is to biblically anchor our theology and living to the solid foundations of historic Christian beliefs.
We will joyfully go wherever necessary in the world to share Jesus. We have an outward focus that is aimed at reaching others through sharing our faith and caring for the needy of our community and world. In Christ, believers are not only saved from God’s eternal judgment, but are also saved to engage in a life of ministry to others. As such, we are about building God’s Kingdom now instead of waiting for dooms-day predictions. We affirm that God’s Kingdom is not just coming “one day” in the future; Christ has inaugurated His Kingdom on earth today (Acts 2). And while we certainly anticipate and wait with great joy for the full consummation of God’s Kingdom on earth, we are optimistic for what the church will accomplish for God’s glory until the Second Coming of Christ.
We will focus outwardly by intentionally engaging the culture. We desire to engage the world around us with contemporary, relevant, and compelling expressions of the gospel. As such, we are about Kingdom excellence in our designs for ministry instead of status-quo mediocrity. We desire to utilize all of the resources God has given us to greatly and most effectively fulfill God’s mission for the church in reaching people where they live. The activities we pursue aspire to an excellence entrenched in God’s perfect nature.
We will exemplify genuine life change. We affirm the personal abiding and regenerating presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of a person who professes faith in Christ as Lord, and yet support the biblical directive that a converted life will be lived out in a community of Christian faith. As such, we are intentional about nurturing followers of Christ into life-changing spiritual maturity through worship, prayer, learning, and service, with a goal toward exponential growth of disciples in all nations. To be truly transformational, we recognize the importance of living out the Christian faith instead of just believing in the right doctrines. Christ taught that both hearing and acting on God’s Word is necessary for a firm foundation in life (Matthew 7:24-27). As such, we place great emphasis on both obeying Christ and doing the things He did in life so that God’s Kingdom will be manifest on earth as it is in heaven.
We will build a family of believers. We are a family of faith that loves God and people and reaches out to one another for the purpose of developing authentic relationships that bring honor to God. We recognize that being part of a family includes fellowship, accountability, and a commitment to be servant-minded toward one another. As such, we believe that Church membership in not passive, but active, and entails submitting to the authority of local church leadership, including corrective discipline when necessary, in order to preserve the integrity and cohesion of the church in matters of doctrine and practice.