10 Values That Shape Our Culture
1. Jesus is the center.
It's about: Integrated Priorities
2. We believe big and start small.
It's about: Active Faith
3. We honor one another to glorify God.
It’s about: Valuing People
4. We are contributors, not consumers.
It’s about: Taking Action
5. We think inside the box.
It's about: Embracing Limitations
6. We can do more by doing less.
It's about: Focused Excellence
7. We don't maintain, we multiply.
It's about: Ongoing Growth
8. We eat the fish and leave the bones
It's about: Teachable Attitudes
9. We want to be known for what we are for.
It's about: Promoting Unity
10. We will not take this for granted.
It's about: Expressing Gratitude
OUR CULTURE IS MODERN, OUR THEOLOGY IS TRADITIONAL
The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives. It is the sole source of revelation we teach from and is the authority for the Christian life.
God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists as one God in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.
God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, Holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good. He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.
Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we can have life.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit’s presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God’s righteousness, and the coming judgment. He comforts us, guides us, and makes us more like Christ. He empowers us with spiritual gifts to witness the life and testimony of Jesus to the world around us.
We believe in the continuance of the spiritual gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12 as the Holy Spirit distributes them. Practice of these gifts in and through the church require structure, order, spiritual leadership and accountability.
Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts.
The Church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.