We Value Godly Servant Leadership
We believe that church leaders are, above all, servants of our Lord Jesus Christ. We give ourselves to the highest good for our brothers and sisters in Christ and the community. We also recognize that servant leaders are to watch over our souls and that Spirit-filled, godly pastors are an invaluable asset of the church (Matthew 20:25-28; Hebrews 13:17).
We Value Bible-Centered Preaching & Teaching
We believe that the Bible is the infallible, inerrant, immutable, authoritative Word of God. We strive, therefore, to preach and teach the Bible as God’s Word and the trustworthy rule for belief and behavior. (II Timothy 3:16-4:2).
We Value Praise & Worship (Spirit-led Worship)
We believe that we are created to glorify God and an expression of this is our acknowledgement of His supreme value and worth in our personal lives and in the corporate praise and worship of the church (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 5:18-20; Psalm 150).
We Value Consistency and Stability
We believe that a recognizable structure, long tenured leadership, and a continual presence in the local community provide a sense of familiarity, security and a stable witness of the church. The established day to day operations, denominational affiliations, and expressions of ministry demonstrate a commitment to consistency in church practices (Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23).
We Value Ordinances
We believe baptism and the Lord’s Supper (or Communion) are the two Christian ordinances of the church. They are sacred rites enjoined by Christ for the perpetual observance in His church. We believe Christ has established them and commanded their observance. They are teaching institutions that appeal to the understanding and the heart. The ordinances serve as both a guard and a guide to the church, which carries the Gospel message of salvation. We believe the ordinances commemorate the Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection and testify of the salvation believers have received through Jesus Christ, and proclaims His death until He returns(Matthew 26:26-30; 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32).
We Value History and Tradition
We believe that the historical roots and tradition of this local body testify to the faithfulness of God and must be shared with future generations. Therefore we are committed to the use of oral tradition, cultural expressions, worship, etc. to communicate and commemorate our history of walking with God. We believe our tradition is so closely tied to our history that we must be careful about the traditions we diminish lest we destroy our history in the process. (Joshua 4:19-24; 1 Corinthians 11:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; 3:6)
We Value Poor and Disenfranchised
We believe that the ministry of Jesus Christ provides a model to the New Testament Church of serving the “least of these.” We support and provide local, national, and global ministry to those who are often ignored socially and spiritually, denied basic rights, lack opportunity, disenfranchised, or impoverished (Matthew 25:34-46; 28:19-20; Luke 4:18-19; 10:30-37; Acts 1:8; James 2:1-9).
We Value Christian Education
We believe that understanding Scripture is a catalyst for transforming, enhancing, and growing lives; therefore, we are committed to the ministry of Christian Education as an indispensable foundational ministry that must undergird all other ministries of the church (2 Timothy 3:14-17; Psalm 1; 119; Nehemiah 8:8).
We Value Fellowship & Community
We recognize the church as a community of believers whose fellowship is enriched by their relationship with Christ and one another. We are committed to assembling ourselves together for worship, fellowship, encouragement, and service. We believe that the fellowship that we have with God compels us to proclaim the Gospel to others that they might experience fellowship with Christ and His church (Acts 2:42: Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 John 1:3).
We Value a Grace Orientation for Life
We believe you cannot earn God’s acceptance. He accepts everyone through faith in Jesus Christ. The church therefore does not focus on guilt to motivate members or condemn others for their failures, but without condoning sinful practices we encourage them to avail themselves for service in the kingdom of God from a motivation of love and thankfulness toward the Lord (John 8:11; Romans 8:1-2; Galatians 6:1-5; Ephesians 2:8-10).