In answering the question, “What kind of church are we?” we have discovered several truths about our congregation. These truths are identified here as core values.
“We will remember our dependence on God, and position ourselves in a place of humble reverence towards Him. We will pray all kinds of prayers, in all kinds of situations, both individually and corporately. We will make sure every undertaking is girded in prayer, that it is habitual among our leaders and all serving in ministry and that it is prominent in our public gatherings ” (1 Chronicles 16:11; Matthew 7:7; 26:41; Luke 18:1; John 16:24; Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:13)
“We recognize that no single person can live the Christian faith without accountability, help, encouragement. Nor can he fulfill the mission of the church without the support of others. Because of this, we sense a deep obligation to live in Christian community with one another. We value not just serving together in teams but team leadership. Teams experience community with purpose –focused on others rather than ourselves.” (Matthew 9:37; Acts 6:3-4; 15:22; 1 Corinthians 3:9; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 5:1-2; 3 John 1:8)
“In Scripture we see passage after passage warning us to be not just hearers of the word, but doers also. Therefore, one of our key values is to be Christians who not only study the Word, but also obey it; to be more than students, to become apprentices. We are committed to teaching the Bible in an uncompromising way in clear contemporary language. This will happen in our Sunday services, small groups, individual discipleship and training events.” (Matthew 7:21, 12:50, Luke 6:46-49; John 13:17; Romans 2:13; James 1:22; 4:11; 1 John 2:17; Revelation 22:14)
4. Christ’s Love
“Our motivation, no matter what task we do or words we speak, needs to be inspired by Christ’s love for us. We will act in grace, treating others with the same dignity Christ showed to us. We will focus on the Lord Jesus in various ways, but especially weekly celebrating the Lord’s Supper.” (Matthew 22:39; John 13:35; 15:9-12; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 John 3:16; 4:7)
“We desire to see God’s kingdom grow around the world. We are committed to do our part in meeting the needs of people and in showing them the way to be reconciled to God through faith in Jesus Christ. This will be intentional in our mission, meaning that we will be community oriented, caring, hospitable and will do what it takes to adapt to our cultures without compromising what it means to be a manifestation of the Body of Christ. As an out working of this we will celebrate diversity, enfolding people of different ages, cultures, ethnicity and walks of life into the church Body. ” (Isaiah 9:7; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 4:30-32; Luke 11:2)