Our Vision as a church is “To Know Christ & Make Him Known”.
Our Purpose Statement puts it this way: ” We are led by God to bring people to salvation in Christ, connect with one another as members of God’s family, grow together into Christ-like maturity, and equip each other for service in the church and our life mission in the world, in order to glorify God’s name.”
Our Core Values:
Five core values lie at the center of what we believe, who we are, and what we do. We believe these values are essential for genuine transformation of people’s lives. These values flow out of our vision. They are:
(Acts 2:47; 1 Cor. 10:31; Rom. 12:1; Eph. 5:18-20; Matt. 4:10; John 4:24)
Worshiping God is central to our gatherings. We seek to worship God through Bible-centered, Spirit-anointed preaching; inspirational singing; observance of the ordinances (communion and baptism); corporate and personal prayer; personal and public reading of the scriptures; and the giving of our offerings to the work of the Lord. For some people, worship is synonymous with music. But worship is far more than music that we sing. True worship actually begins when a person places their faith in the person of Jesus Christ, believing in His death and resurrection as sufficient payment for their sin. True worship then continues as a lifestyle of responding to God’s revelation of Himself with mind and heart in ways that declare the greatness of who He is. Worship means honoring God by offering our “bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.” (Rom.12:1). In fact every activity we do inside or outside church can be transformed into an act of worship when we do it for the praise, glory, and honor of God.
(Eph. 4:1-6; Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:42)
Genuine biblical community means living in caring relationships that are guided by biblical truth and grounded in spiritual accountability. We are to belong, not just to believe. Community means moving away from living isolated lives and moving towards connecting with one another in authentic fellowship. Over 50 times in the New Testament the phrase ‘one another’ or ‘each other’ is used. Some examples are: Encourage one another (Heb.10:25); Teach … Admonish … Forgive … (Col.3:16); Honor … Be Devoted to…(Rom.12:10); Pray for… (James 5:13-16); Accept… (Rom.15:7); Submit to… (Eph.5:21); and Serve one another… (Gal.5:13). All of these can only happen as we value community. Real and lasting life change – spiritual transformation – only occurs in the unity and diversity of authentic relationships.
(Eph. 4:14-16; Philippians 3:14; Colossians 1:28; 2 Cor. 4:18; 1 Tim. 4:12)
Spiritual growth means that over time we are becoming, looking, and acting more and more like Jesus Christ. True spiritual growth has to do with “being transformed into his likeness.” (2 Cor.4:18) What this means is that spiritual maturity is measured as much in our lifestyle as it is in our learning. A commitment to growth is not easy, because growth means change, and change is difficult. However, growth means we are living, really living, as the life of Christ is reproduced in our own lives.
(Acts 2:45; Ephesians 2:10; 4:11-13; Mark 10:45; 1 Peter 4:10-11)
Jesus demonstrated that the most influential life is a life of sacrificial service. In the words of Mark’s gospel, Jesus “came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mk.10:45) Likewise, we believe that we will influence the world for Christ, when resting in, and motivated by His great love for us, we extend that love through our own hands and feet in acts of service to others. We are saved to serve and service happens when each person uses “whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10)
(Matt. 28:18-20; 2 Cor. 5:19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; Rom. 10:13-15,17)
Jesus gave his church a mission: “To go and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matt.28:19). We are to be witnesses to the whole world of Christ’s coming, his death for our sins, his resurrection, his ascension, and his promise to return. Sharing this good news in the power of the Holy Spirit is the responsibility and privilege of every believer in Jesus Christ. Witnessing is not merely talking about Jesus but also whetting people’s appetites for Christ by the way we live.