Scripture teaches that our lives are to be lived out of a grateful response to God’s grace rather than out of an attempt to earn God’s grace. The good news of God’s salvation is to be the foundation for everything we do. Included in the good news are these core realities:
God’s gift of salvation is received by grace through faith—it cannot be earned.
Jesus Christ died for our sins and bodily rose from the dead.
The Holy Spirit gives spiritual life, direction, and power to believers.
At Christ’s return we will receive resurrection bodies and spend eternity with Him in the new heavens and new earth.
In response to this good news, we pursue the following values, recognizing that it is God’s grace that both motivates and empowers us to live out these values. While we have a lot of growing to do, these values represent who we hope to be and who we trust we are becoming by God’s grace.
God is the greatest treasure in the universe. Therefore, we want to love and cherish our great God as the most valuable and joyful treasure in our lives. We want to make practical decisions each day that flow from our trust in Him and show Him what a treasure He is to us. We acknowledge that other worldly treasures constantly compete for our attention and affection, so we seek to constantly encourage one another to pursue God above all other treasures. (Mt. 6:33, Mt. 22:37)
God’s Word and Prayer are two foundational means the Holy Spirit uses to ground us in the truth in the midst of a culture that constantly threatens to blow us off course. Therefore, we ground our corporate times together in faithful, expository Bible teaching and dependent prayer. Similarly, we ground our lives as individuals in regular Bible reading/meditation and prayer. (Ps. 1:1-3, Eph. 6:17-18)
Before God’s church is an organization or an institution, it is a family of brothers and sisters in Christ. Therefore, we strive to love one another as family members. We value people and relationships over programs, and we seek to create natural opportunities to connect with and care for each other. We want to sacrificially serve each other, seeing Christ’s sacrificial love for us as our great example. (Jn. 15:12-13, Phil. 2:3-5)
Growth in Christ-like maturity is God’s goal for each one of us. Therefore, we want to be a church that constantly encourages and gives people opportunities to grow spiritually. We’re less concerned with growth in numbers and programs than we are with spiritual growth in our people. We hope to move people from being merely church-goers to being active followers of Jesus who are learning to obey him in all areas of life. (Eph. 4:13-15, Titus 2:11-14)
The work of building up the body of Christ is the responsibility of every member of the church. Therefore, we call each other out of a passive “consumer Christianity” into an active engagement in the life of the church. We recognize that the goal of equipping is not simply to impart information or teach specific skills but rather to develop Christ-like character so that members can faithfully use their gifts for the benefit of others. (Ro. 12:4-8, Eph. 4:11-16)
The gospel is truly good news. Therefore, we want to joyfully and courageously share this good news with our world. Our world begins with the people God has placed in our daily lives, and it extends to the ends of the earth, as God may lead us. We share the gospel through our words and actions, trusting in the Spirit to work in people’s hearts to bring them to faith in Jesus as He wills. (Mt. 28:18-20, Acts 1:7-8)