I PRESS ON TOWARD THE GOAL OF THE UPWARD CALL OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS.
Praise – Fixing our eyes on Jesus
We believe praising God is the single best thing we can do in all circumstances. Praise is the joyful thanking and adoring of God, the choice to trust and celebrate His goodness and grace. We chose to praise God primarily, because God deserves and is worthy of our praise. Praising Jesus also reinforces and strengthens our faith as believers, moves the heart of God, and invites the very presence of God.
Psalm 8:2; 22:3; 34:1; 63:3-4; 96:4; 134:1-2; 135:3; 145:3; 150:6; 2 Sam 22:4; 2 Chron 5:13-14; Rom 15:11; Phil. 4:8; Heb 2:12; 13:15; 1 Pet 4:11; Rev 4:11
Relationships – Growing in godly relationships.
We believe every person is valuable to God, and He desires that each person would know and follow Him. God has designed us such that our ultimate fulfillment can only come through a love relationship with Him. God also says the quality of that relationship is seen in our relationship with others. We believe loving and honest relationships are vital to both personal growth and evangelism. Jesus said the greatest commandment is fulfilled in loving God and loving your neighbor. Believing this, we biblically value & invest in relationships for the kingdom of God and our individual growth. To protect the unity of the Spirit in our church, we refuse to give audience to a spirit of complaining or gossip; instead, we seek to courageously resolve every problem in a way that honors God and builds biblical character.
Mt.5:21-48; 7:1-5; 18:12-20; Jn. 3:16-18; 4:42; 13:34-35; 17:20-26; Acts 18:24-26; Gal.5:16-6:2; Eph.4:1-6; 2Pet.3:9
Excellence – Aspire to excellence in all we do
We believe worship includes all we do, and God is worthy of our very best. At the core of each activity is consistent evaluation in a pursuit of excellence, from a heart of worship. We believe a simple presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, creatively using available methods, is the best way of reaching the heart.
Ps.78:72; Dan.5:12; Ecc.10:10; Col.3:17
Stewardship – Generously we have received, generously we give
We believe God has trusted each believer with resources, time and Spiritual gift(s) for His glory. God’s design is for every member of His team to involve themselves in willing-hearted service. Each individual’s impassioned use of their resources, time and Spiritual gifts is essential to their personal growth and the growth of the whole team. The importance of each member’s God-designed participation cannot be overstated.
2Tim. 2:2; Tit.1:5-9; Eph.4:11-13; 1Cor.12:4-13; 2Cor.9:7; Mal.3:10-12
Scripture - His Word is our guide
We believe the Bible is authoritative and a complete source of guidance for life and ministry. God has given us the standard by which we evaluate all others. It reveals God’s heart & design for people, relationships, motives and the use of all He has given us. Scripture provides loving, logical limits for all we do. When clearly proclaimed, God’s Word has the power to change lives for all eternity.
Ps.19:7-11; 119; 2Tim.3:16; Jude 3; Heb 4:12