Core Values

  

  1. Believing firmly in the power of prayer

  2. Boldly proclaiming God's word in Love

  3. Worshiping in the spirit and truth

  4. Cultivating a culture of responsiveness

  5. Living a victorious life

  6. Sharing Jesus out of the overflow of the Spirit

  7. Empowering every disciple to make disciple

 

1.  Believing firmly in the power of prayer

 "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people." Ephesians 6:18

The Lord said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer.”  Prayer is foundational for the Church. We believe that Christ’s church is a supernatural church – a place where things are happening that are not humanly explainable.  We believe that prayer is the key to abiding in  Him, a life source for the believer and the Church.   Only when we get on our knees and get desperate for God, does our true need for Him become more than intellectual assent.

 

2.  Boldly proclaiming God’s word in love

 “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage —with great patience and careful instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:2

There is nothing more relevant, practical and effective than the Word of God.  We intentionally lay down “the persuasive words of Man’s wisdom” (1 Corinthians 2:4) and embrace the call to preach the entire Word of God with loving boldness. 

 

3.  Worshiping in spirit and truth

 "God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth." John 4:24

Jesus chastised the Samaritan woman in John 4:22 saying, “You worship what you do not know.”   No matter how significant the experience in worship is, if it is void of biblical truth we have missed true worship.  On the other hand truth without spirit is also defective worship.   In Isaiah 29:13, God says “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”   Worship that makes its way to our heads yet bypasses our hearts is not true worship.  We embrace the infused blend of spirit and truth worship that Jesus requires in John 4:24.

 

4.  Cultivating a culture of responsiveness

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22

 “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” Romans 8:14

We seek to be responsive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in every area of the church's life and ministry. We are committed to “doing whatever it takes” to create an atmosphere of openness and obedience to the Holy Spirit. (John 16:13).

 

5.  Living a victorious life

“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,  that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” Romans 6:6

We believe that Christians can experience a deeper level of life in which there is victory over sin, power to witness and serve, and a richer fellowship with God, all through the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  We are called to live and grow in the victory of the Spirit filled life. 

 

6.  Sharing Jesus out of the overflow of the Spirit

 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15

We believe God has not transformed us so we can isolate ourselves and focus inward, rather to allow the overflow of the Holy Spirit in our lives to empower us to reach out and share Jesus with a watching world.  It is not our good intentions or disciplined efforts that motivate us to share Jesus, it’s the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit that empowers us to share the reason for the hope that we have in Christ. (Acts 1:8) 

 

7.   Empowering every disciple to make disciples

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations….” Matthew 28:19

Every believer is a carrier of the great commission.  We have found when we do life in smaller communities that care for one another, learn from God’s word together, and serve someone besides themselves; it provides fertile ground for the seeds of discipleship to grow.  “Making disciples” at its core requires evangelism as part of the journey.  However making converts alone is not fulfilling Christ’s command.  When we empower the body to make disciples we empower the body to fulfill their mission.