Core Values

01: Enjoying Repentance

Because God is at work in us, we enjoy repentance. 

(Psalm 32; Isaiah 30:15; Acts 11:18; 2 Corinthians 7:10; Philippians 3:9)

 

All of heaven celebrates when one sinner repents. Repentance is a gift from God. If our repentance is not leading to joy, it is not godly repentance. Being naturally blind to the heart of sin driving our desires and behaviors, we pray for the Spirit to show us our anxious thoughts and offensive ways that break intimacy with God and others. In Christ, we are completely forgiven and forever righteous. Therefore, instead of avoiding our sin, we can freely repent of both the bad we do and and our self-serving reasons for doing good.​

02: Faith Receives from Christ

Because God is at work in us, we receive super-abounding grace. 

(Deuteronomy 31:6; John 14:18; Romans 5:20; Colossians 2:6)

 

Faith more than believes; faith actively receives from Christ and his work. Jesus knows our weakness. When we are weak he is strong. We can trust him, and move out in weakness while resting in his strength. We are adopted and beloved children of God; He has not left us as orphans.

03: Overflowing Ministry

Because God is at work in us, we love others as we have been loved by God. 

(Luke 11:13; John 17:23; Galatians 5:22; 1 John 4:19)

Love is the multifaceted fruit of the Spirit that results in joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control working out of us to others. We love because God first loved us. God loves to give his Spirit to those who ask him.

04: Sacred Hospitality

Because God is at work in us, we value sacred hospitality and relational evangelism. 

(Luke 14:12-14; Hebrews 13:1-2, Romans 15:7)

 

We welcome others into our lives as we have been welcomed by God, blessing them while recognizing more of our self-centeredness and need for Jesus. Without sharing the sacred hospitality we have received, we become stale, hard-hearted, and in-grown, losing God’s heart for the lost.

05: Risk or Rust

Because God is at work in us, we value intentional sacrificial risk-taking. 

(John 7:38; Galatians 5:1; Colossians 1:19, James 4:6)   

 

The Gospel is good news to be shared with others -- living water flowing from Jesus’ disciples to a world loved by God but under condemnation. God resists the proud, but He delights in giving more grace to the humble, thereby freeing us from the fear of failure. When Christian growth is reduced to our individual change, we miss the joy of partnering with the Spirit of Christ who is making all things new.

06: Leading in Repentant Faith

Because God is at work in us, we value leadership that leads in repentant faith. 

(Romans 10: 4; 2, 2 Corinthians 12:9; Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 12:1-6)

 

The Gospel has brought us into God’s family. The same Gospel that saves us also sustains and transforms us. Therefore, ongoing repentance, faith, and obedience characterize how we lead others. We will be a sinner-safe church where it is safe to risk sharing problems and failures along with praising God for successes. We will avoid confusing “sinner-safe” with lawlessness, or “success” with legalism. We are growing to love God’s law while trusting his Fatherly discipline calling what he calls sin “sin.”

07: Faith Working in Love

Because God is at work in us, we value faith working out of us in love to others. 

(Romans 14:23; Galatians 5:6, Ephesians 2:8-10; Colossians 3:23)

 

The Gospel is good news to be shared with others -- living water flowing from Jesus’ disciples to a world loved by God but under condemnation. God resists the proud, but He delights in giving more grace to the humble, thereby freeing us from the fear of failure. When Christian growth is reduced to our individual change, we miss the joy of partnering with the Spirit of Christ who is making all things new.

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