Lifestyle Statement/What We Practice/Core Values

Only beliefs are not worth much unless they are translated into actions. Based on what the Bible teaches, we make the following commitments:

1. Bible as our sole authority

“All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” II Timothy 3:16. Since God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is “what does the Bible say?” We practice daily Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe. 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 12:6; Hebrews 4:12

2. Prayer

We believe that prayer is a way of life for all believers and is essential in building our intimate relationship with Christ. We seek through prayer, both individually and corporately, God’s direction and strength to complete the ministries and actions He has given us. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Acts 2:42; 4:31; Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:2; James 4:2; 5:16; Philippians 4:6-7

3. Local Church

“And he is the Head of the body, the church…” Colossians 1:18. Jesus Christ is the recognized Head of our church, not any person, group or religious organization. A local church is governed by godly men known as Elders and has the purpose on earth of fulfilling the last command of Jesus. Titus 1:5, Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 14:23; Ephesians 2:20; 5:25-33, I Corinthians 12:1-31, Revelation 7:9

4. Worship and Glory to God

We believe that all that we do, whether together or apart, is an act of worship to bring honor and glory to God. We praise God as a church in ways that exalt Christ, are spiritually meaningful and culturally relevant. Worship in Spirit and Truth is an out flowing of a heart devoted to God, not dependent upon form or style. Psalm 115:1; Revelation 19:6-7; Ephesians 4:16; 5:19-20; 1:12; Psalm 33:3; 100:2; 149:1; Romans 12:1

5. Discipleship

We believe discipleship is becoming more like Christ and is a responsibility of all believers. Discipleship is a process of one generation of believers teaching the next through relationships, as well as individual and group studies and experiences. Ephesians 4:11-13; 2 Timothy 2:2; Matthew 28:18-20; Colossians 1:28; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Proverbs 27:17

6. Stewardship

We believe stewardship is the generous exercise of our spiritual gifts, abilities and resources in the service of God and the body. Stewardship is the responsibility of every Christian to be exercised wisely with the resources God provides. 1 Peter 4:10-11, Matthew 25:34-36; Luke 16:10-13; 1 Corinthians 4:7b; 6:19-20; 12:7; 2 Corinthians 9:6-11

7. Baptism

“Buried with Him in baptism” Colossians 2:12. We practice baptism by immersion under water. This is the way Jesus was baptized, and the way the Bible commands. Acts 8:36-39, Romans 6:1-4

8. Spirit-led living

(Jesus said) “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5. We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God’s power within us. So we seek to practice a daily dependence on God’s Spirit to enable us to minister in the church. Ephesians 4:11-12

9. Christian Life

In response to God’s free gift of salvation, we are commanded by God and compelled by love and gratitude to share this good news and to serve God and others through a life of mission and ministry. We believe God calls us to a life of discipleship and intimacy through worship, prayer, Bible study, fellowship, and service.

10. Generosity

God is exceedingly gracious and everything good comes from Him. We are committed to humbly giving ourselves to his service. We are committed to prayerfully using the resources God has provided us with – time, money, gifts – to meet the needs of our church family. Our faith in Jesus overflows in generous acts of service, so we are known in our community as a church that is eager to do good. 2 Cor 8:7; Titus 2:11-14

11. Community

We believe as a community in Jesus Christ we are to be known by our love for one another. We care for and love one another through our commitment to God and each other. We regularly meet, encourage, strengthen and hold each other accountable in a demonstration of this love. John 13:34-35; Romans 13:8; James 2:14-17; Philemon 1:7; Colossians 3:13; Luke 10:27