Our Values

Intimacy

Daniel 11:32b says “Those who intimately know their God will be strong and do great exploits.” Having a close personal relationship with God is a priority. Everything we do comes out of the overflow of this intimate relationship with our heavenly father. You and I were wired to enjoy God’s presence. We were created to know God authentically. The church should be a place where we can express our gratitude toward God. Church should be a place of celebration where we can worship God joyfully. We also desire to cultivate a growing daily relationship with Jesus. To closely follow Jesus in all things by spending time in prayer and God’s Word and learning to live out His will for our lives. In Acts 2, Peter quotes David saying: “I see that the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope” - Acts 2:25-26

Community

The Bible says a Christian without a church home is like an organ without a body, a sheep without a flock, or a child without a family. It is an unnatural state. Ephesians 2:19 says, “You belong in God’s household with every other Christian”. Today’s culture of independent individualism has created many spiritual orphans — who believe it is possible to be a “good Christian” without joining (or even attending) a local church, but God would strongly disagree. The church is so significant that Jesus died on the cross for it: “Christ loved the church and gave his life for it” (Ephesians 5:25 GW). A church family identifies you as a genuine believer. When we come together in a loving community as a church family from different backgrounds, races, and social statuses, it is also a witness to the world. Jesus said, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” - John 13:35

Missional

The God of the universe created you uniquely to make a contribution in this world. You were made for mission. Your ministry is where God has gifted you for His assignment. You will share in Christ’s mission in the world. When Jesus walked the earth, God worked through the physical body of Christ; today he uses his spiritual body. The church is God’s instrument on Earth. As members of Christ’s body, we are his hands, his feet, his eyes, and his heart. He works through us in the world. We each have a contribution to make. We are on mission with God to make disciples. “He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing” - Ephesians 2:10 (MSG)

Faithfulness

Life on Earth is a Trust. The value of faithfulness begins with the recognition that God is the owner of everything and everyone on earth. The Bible says, "The world and all that is in it belong to the Lord; the earth and all who live on it are his." (Psalm 24:1 TEV) The first job God gave humans was to manage and take care of God's "stuff" on earth. This role has never been rescinded. It is a part of our purpose today. At the end of your life on earth you will be evaluated and rewarded according to how well you handled what God entrusted to you. That means everything you do, even simple daily chores, family relationships and our jobs all have eternal implications. Jesus often referred to life as a trust. In the story of the talents, a businessman entrusts his wealth to the care of his servants while he's away. When he returns, he evaluates each servant's responsibility and rewards them accordingly. The owner says, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness." - Matthew 25:21

Hospitality

Living a big hearted life leads to opportunities to receive others, minister to, encourage and love others at every opportunity. Hospitality is about creating an environment that feels like home! A place of belonging and a safe place for others! The Bible is very clear that this is a dynamic and relevant expression of God's heart to minister to his people, his family and to others not yet in His family! The Bible describes hospitality as a required quality for leaders in the church. The heart of hospitality is service. Hospitality desires to help make opportunity for community and growth in Christ. In the New Testament, hospitality was primarily about opening ones home to people who needed a place to stay and food to eat. Hospitality was also demonstrated by opening ones home for small community group gatherings. The scriptures also admonish all Christians to practice hospitality, “Share with others who are in need. Practice hospitality.” - Romans 12:13