OUR COMMON VISION:
searching hearts into the saving embrace of God’s love in Jesus Christ
as people in the truth and transforming power of the gospel
ourselves with genuineness and passion to our God, our families, our community, our church and our world
OUR COMMON VALUES:
We value relationship as the primary vehicle for all of God’s blessings and purposes in our lives. This means that we prioritize real communication, understanding, commitment and concern in our relationships with one another and with God. It also means that we seek a friendly, open, casual, non-defensive, non-manipulative environment for growth in evangelism, fellowship and discipleship.
We value truth as the essential foundation for freedom and new life in Jesus Christ. This means that we are committed to demonstrating and directing people onto the path of deepening knowledge and dependence on God’s word, and openness and sensitivity to God’s spirit. We desire to be both Bible-based and Spirit-led in all of our ministries, activities and involvements. Our communication of truth is seasoned by humility, honesty, hunger, real trust and a graciousness toward those with whom we disagree.
We value sacrifice as the ultimate demonstration of love evidenced in the life and ministry of Jesus. We seek to deny selfishness by caring, giving, serving and sending in our life together as a church family. We will encourage and pursue extravagant generosity in our personal lifestyles, attitudes, service opportunities and corporate culture in a way that is non-coercive, non-legalistic and absolutely authentic.
Above all, we value genuiness in our faith, in our relationships, and in our service to Christ and to one another. We want to fully become the people of integrity that God created and redeemed us to be. We aspire to genuinely fulfill the law of love, and authentically represent the grace of Christ in all we do.
OUR BASIC ASSUMPTIONS:
1. As we move into an ever more pluralistic culture (a society of competing ideologies and values), the church must by necessity become more and more evangelistic.
2. Personal experience and church history tells us that unless the church becomes intentionally and primarily evangelistic, it will not turn significantly outward.
3. There is a great harvest of empty, broken and searching people finding their way back to God, to His church, and to the healing mercy of the cross.
4. We cannot pursue the salvation and wholeness of others without growing in wholeness and holiness ourselves.
5. We have been called by Jesus to make disciples. We cannot be content to just lead people to Christ, we must also help them to grow up in Christ.
IMPORTANT SCRIPTURAL TEXTS:
For the Son of man came to seek and to save what was lost. Luke 19:10
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17
“Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked?” declares the sovereign Lord. “Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?” Ezekiel 18:30
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 18:37
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3
Like newborn babies crave spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2:2-3
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38
Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4