1. Jesus Christ Over All. Christ is the center of all we are and do, and our prayer life is an extension of that. We believe He is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). We desire to follow Him and imitate His life and His ministry. We strive to reflect His character, His heart and how He loved others. We desire that our hearts yearn to be in constant awareness and communion with Him.
Abide Constantly: "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)
Life of Prayer: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." (I Thessalonians 5:16-17)
Matthew 28:18, Luke 22:70, John 14:9-10, John 17:20-21, Acts 4:11-12, I Corinthians 2:2, Phillippians 2:9-11, Colossians 1:15
2. The Holy Spirit. The power, presence and filling of the Holy Spirit is expected and sought after as part of our daily life.
"You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
Matthew 3:11, Acts 2:38, John 14:26, John 16:13-15 Romans 8:9-11, I Corinthians 3:16, Galatians 5:22-25
3. God’s Word. We believe and trust in the reliability and authority of the Bible. It is both a historical testimony of God’s pursuit and love of us and a book that guides us in our daily living. It is the light that exposes us as we are and a window that lets us view the beauty of what God intended for us.
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16)
Joshua 1:7-8, Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 119:9-11, Matthew 5:18, Colossians 3:16, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
4. Love For Each Other. Our love for God is reflected and lived out in our love for each other, and this committed, and caring community becomes a testimony and light to the world. The church is the community where pastoral care, discipleship, evangelism, and life all take place.
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35)
Matthew 22:36-40, John 15:12-13, I Peter 1:22, I John 4:7-11
5. Mission. God’s mission for the world is reflected in His sending that which was most valuable to Him to save the poor, broken, and lost of the world. We believe that following Christ means caring for those in poverty and those without knowledge of His saving grace. Those who belong to the church are engaged together in this same mission and are willing to sacrifice what is most valuable to us to accomplish this purpose.
“Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)
Acts 1:8, Matthew 25:31-46, John 15:27, I Corinthians 9:19-23, James 5:19-20
6. Discipleship. Jesus' strategy for changing the world was to focus the majority of His time and ministry on a small group of men. His plan for taking the Good News to the world was a slow, simple process of His followers being willing to sacrifice their time, treasure, and talents to multiply the life of Christ in others. Every believer at all times should invest in the life of another to help them grow and mature in their faith so they, in turn, can walk with another.
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)
John 8:31-32, I Corithians 11:1, Colossians 1:28-29, 2 Timothy 2:1-2, 2 Timothy 3:10-11
7. Costly. We follow a Savior who suffered on our behalf, so we should not be surprised when suffering comes. Instead, we should expect and even welcome the fact that following Him will come at a great cost. Our willingness and ability to welcome and rejoice in our sufferings derives from an acknowledgement that our lives are not our own and a mind set on eternity rather than the temporal life around us.
“And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” (Luke 9:23,24)
Matthew 5:11-12, Matthew 10:22, 34-39, Romans 8:16-17, 2 Corinthians 4:11, James 1:2-4, James 5:10-11, I Peter 2:20, I Peter 5:10
8. Generosity. Jesus speaks about money more than any other topic. He calls us to a life of generosity because He understood that where our treasure was, there would our heart be also. Generosity stems from an acknowledgement that all we have is the Lord’s and that we will be accountable to what He has given us.
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 5:19-21)
Psalm 24:1, Luke 12:15, 2 Corinthians 8:8-9, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, I Timothy 6:7-11, I Timothy 6;17-19
9. Growth. We expect to see the church grow and to see God show up miraculously in our individual lives and within our community. We expect transformation and multiplication will be a natural result of Spirit-filled believers living life together on a gospel mission.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." (2 Corinthians 5:17
Matthew 28:19-20, Luke 8:1-15, John 15:1-8, Acts 2:41-47, 4:4, 6:7, 11:21, 16:5, 17:4, 18:8.