1. We value discipleship that leads to a wholehearted commitment to Christ evidenced by heart and lifestyle holiness. We believe that all mankind is sinful from birth and that God the Father sent His only Son Jesus to save us from the eternal death that sin brings. This grace, extended to us, not only frees us from sin at the time of our physical death, but breaks the power of sin in this life as well. We believe that this is evidenced by, but not limited to, the giving of our time, talents and treasure to Kingdom building and advancement.
2. We value God’s Word – The Bible. We believe the Bible cover to cover and believe it to be without error, and completely relevant to the issues we face today. We believe the Apostle Paul’s conclusion in II Timothy 3:16-17 that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
3. We value prayer. We recognize that the church is His and if we are to build it His way we must speak with Him frequently. We believe in the POWER of prayer and recognize that for the Christian there are many things to do after we pray but nothing to do before we pray!
4. We value relationships. We believe God created us with a need for relationship — primarily our relationship with God and secondarily our relationship with one another. We recognize that sin kills both and that as a church we have a responsibility to help bring restoration and reconciliation in these relationships. (II Corinthians 5:11-21)
5. We value evangelism. We value our responsibility to seek the lost and present them with the hope of the Gospel.
6. We value worship. We seek to reclaim the fullness of the arts in worship—recognizing that it was God who gave the arts to us. Our worship services will always facilitate bringing our gifts to the King. Our music, drama and teaching/preaching must always be relevant to the culture in which we live and the lost that we seek to reach. We also will emphasize that worship is a 24/7 lifestyle (Romans 12:1), not an hour of singing on a Sunday morning. Our worship services are meaningful only as expressions of what is taking place in our lives on a daily basis.
7. We value the Sacraments. Among these are communion, water baptism and marriage. Those in our fellowship will be encouraged, taught and led to honor and participate in the blessings that come from these sacraments.
8. We value families. We recognize that the family unit was the first institution created by God. We will strive, in a culturally relevant way, to bring together and strengthen the family.
9. We value our responsibility to be a moral conscience in the community. We believe that God has placed us in the community to be a light in a dark world. The church serves to expose sin and wrong doing as we shine His light through our lives. We are called to uphold the highest standards of moral behavior in our leadership and congregation.
10. We value excellence. In Kingdom work, if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well—as if we were doing it for Christ Himself! In all we do, if we cannot do it wholeheartedly and with excellence, we will not do it.