Core Values

We value:

  1. Life Transformation.
    • “Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…” – the words of Jesus. Our Lord commissioned us to go, make disciples, baptize them and then teach them to obey. Christians are disciples [learners, followers, devotees of Jesus] and as a disciple, each of us should be diligently learning to obey everything Jesus commanded.
    • Life transformation does not happen by mistake, we must be intentional about our own personal transformation and “spurring one another on toward love and good deeds.” [Hebrews 10:24]
    • We will develop ways to regularly measure life transformation; not to be intrusive or controlling, but because it is a real priority.
  2. Fellow Believers.
    • We are the family of God, and we will work hard at being a functional family: loving each other by being involved with one another, “accepting one another as Christ accepted us,” recognizing that relationships happen in groups small enough that we can actually know each other, and being willing to pray for one another and bear one another’s burdens.
    • Conflict occurs wherever human beings are present. One of Satan’s tools to harm Christ’s church is conflict (we aid and abet him by handling it poorly). Jesus’ taught us how to deal with conflict in Matthew 18:15-17. Romans 14 & 15; 1 Corinthians 6 and other passages discuss the matter as well. We commit to meeting face-to-face with brothers or sisters who have offended us and working out the problem as Jesus taught us. We reject gossip and developing factions.
  3. Our Lord’s Great Commission.
    • Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers into his harvest field.” We will obey him by praying this prayer regularly.
    • We will care about pre-believers: being willing to be involved in their lives and showing them the love of Christ. We will recognize that we are all broken and are in need of the healing that Jesus offers.
    • We will remind ourselves regularly that “someone is missing.” Like the shepherd who left 99 sheep to find one, we will not be satisfied with the group on hand; Jesus isn’t.
    • We will be willing to cross cultures and to partner with those who cross cultures to see that the Good News of Jesus reaches the ends of the earth both geographically and culturally.
  4. Family Integration.
    • The family is God’s idea. The Bible speaks to the subject of family often and clearly. Christ’s church should lead the way in spiritually integrating families. We reject family disintegration. Too often, church methods divide the family while they are “at church.” We will work to make spiritual growth, life transformation and the service of our God a family affair. This will include focusing on family participation in worship, fellowship and service.
    • Our society has fostered the disintegration of the family. There are many who have been wounded by this disintegration. We will strive to make the family of God a relevant and meaningful term. We will be inclusive as a church family should be.
  5. The Restoration Movement.
    • This movement’s goal is to unite all believers on the simple truths espoused in the Word of God.
    • The Bible has the authority to guide our life and doctrine. When it comes to making church decisions, we will ask, “What does the Bible say?”
    • We realize that we are not the only Christians. Instead, we will reject labels and strive to be Christians only.
    • The Lord’s Supper (communion), baptism and church leadership are discussed in the New Testament. We will be careful to study, apply and obey the teaching we find there.
    • In essentials – Unity; in matters of opinion – Liberty; in all things – Love.
    • Resources: What Kind of Church is This? and Simply Christians