We are passionately committed to:
“Follow me …” Jesus said it many times during his earthly ministry, asking His disciples (and us) to “take up your cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) We wholeheartedly embrace the great commission for us to “go and make disciples … teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:19-20) Discipleship is at the heart of our ministries and we are actively engaged in helping our people become more and more like Jesus Christ.
“…be filled with the Spirit … Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power …” “Put on the full armor of God… And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests …” (Eph. 5:18-21; 6:10-18). We recognize that it is only the presence and power of the Holy Spirit which enables us to live obedient, transformed lives. The prayer lives of our congregation reflect a deep dependence upon God. Experiencing God and following Him are hallmarks of our ministries.
Being Evangelistically Bold
“…Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation..” (Mark 16:15) We are driven to reach our neighborhoods, our nation and our world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ regardless of racial, economic or political barriers. The budgets, programs and leaders of our local church reflect a high commitment to outreach and evangelism locally and worldwide. Significant numerical growth through evangelism is an expected outcome of this commitment.
Being Biblically Measured
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful …so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16) We are committed to a proclamation of God’s Word which is clear, biblically sound and communicated in a relevant and practical way. The end result of our proclamation is people who are eager to please God by applying His Word to every area of life. We have the truth of the Word of God at the center of every ministry and at the heart of everything we do and our people have an increasing understanding of a Biblical world view.
Being Morally Pure
“…not even a hint of sexual immorality, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people…” (Eph. 5:3) Jesus prayed that His disciples (including us) would be “in the world, but not of the world.” (John 17) In a world and society that increasingly bombards us with sexual images and of declining morals, we will teach our people, and hold each other accountable, to live holy lives. God says we are to be“…holy, because I am holy!” (1 Pet. 1:16)
Being Family Centered
“ …a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” (Gen. 2:24) God designed the family, beginning with the first man and woman. It is His design that a “family” be one man, one woman, and if God provides, their children (either by birth or adoption). We will uphold God’s view of marriage and the family. And we will do all that is possible to encourage and support the family, designing our ministries to augment and not take away from the family.
Being Financially Faithful
“Command … not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth … but to put their hope in God…. Command them to do good … and to be generous and willing to share…” (1 Tim. 6:17-19) Our church must be financially strong through ongoing stewardship education and the challenging of our congregation to make sacrificial investments in eternity through regular and special gifts. Our pastors must address the issue of money and possessions in a biblical, relevant and practical way.
Being Socially Responsible
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men.” (Eph. 6:7) “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Rom. 12:2) Our people will be actively engaged in the culture, involved in our community activities, and participating in our government, particularly through the right and responsibility of voting. We do this, not to become “culturized”, but rather to be salt and light. “… let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)