Our Core Values are not all that we value- but they are things that make us unique. These Values help to shape our identity as a community of faith. They helped answer, “Who are we?”
The Bible is our source.
God has spoken in the Bible. What is more important than His Word? In our worship and in our lives, we desire the Word to be supreme. This is why we open and close our service with Scripture reading. This is why we sing songs that celebrate and remind us of God’s promises in the Word. This is why we value expository preaching and seek to make the content of each sermon and each series centered on the Bible, and not man’s ideas.
Grace is our tone.
God has shown extraordinary grace to us! As people who have been shown such grace, we display grace to others. This means we seek the good of others and the good of our city (Jeremiah 29:7). We seek accountability together. We value people and desire to love them through word and work.
The Church is our center.
Jesus did not die to form a ministry or a non-profit. Jesus shed His blood for the church (Acts 20:28). The church is Plan A and there is no other. God’s mission must be done through the church. While other ministries are not bad, they cannot replace God’s plan “that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 3:10).
Ministry is our responsibility.
Many churches have developed the mindset that “It is the pastor’s job to do ministry.” This is far from the Biblical ideal. God has given the church leadership in order“ to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” and this is to be done, “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes“ (Eph. 4:12-14).
We all are called to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20), and Pastors were given as gifts to the church to equip God’s people to complete this commission.
Faithfulness is our metric.
Ministry is not a competition. Many churches seek to model their ministry after “the other church.” Often this is a done out of a desire to reach people, other times out of a covetous desire. But, God’s measure of success is not what may seem to bring “results.” God calls us to be faithful with what we have not with what others have. We strive to be like Jesus and not our favorite preacher.