God is Good
We stand on the premise that God is Good.
We believe that God is for us. He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. (John 3:16-17; John 10:10-11; Romans 8:28-32; Nahum 1:7; Matthew 10:29-31; Psalm 103:8-13; James 1:17-18; 2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 7:11)
“capital C” Church
We are all about the “capital C” Church.
We believe that Christ is the hope of the world, who operates through the local church, and we know we can accomplish infinitely more together than apart. (1 Corinthians 12:27; Romans 12:4-5; Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Colossians 3:15; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31)
We will serve one another and be Contributors not consumers in all areas of life.
We believe that the church does not exist for us. We are the church and we exist for the world. We believe that Leaders equip, Members minister and no one ministers along. All Christians should partner together using their gifts, talents and abilities in love and service to build up the Body of Christ to the glory of God. (Matthew 20:26-28; Mark 10:45; Galatians 5:13; Romans 12:1; Matthew 12:11)
We will Reach People for Christ.
We believe that lost people matter to God, and therefore, ought to matter to the church. (Luke 5:30-32, Luke 15, Matt. 18:14)
We will engage in Loving Relationship with one another.
Jesus explicitly created us to live in community; people are most alive when planted in a healthy family of believers. We believe that caring, loving relationships that are centered on Christ should permeate every aspect of church life and that life-change happens not only on Sundays but best as we walk in relationship with one antoher. (Luke 6:12-13, Luke 10:1 John 13:34-35, Acts 2:44-47, 1 Cor. 13, Neh. 3)
We will lead the way with Generosity.
We believe it is more blessed to give than to receive. (1 John 3:17; Galatians 13:16; Proverbs 19:17; Proverbs 21:13; Proverbs 22:9; Psalm 112:5; 2 Corinthians 9:11; Matthew 6:21)
We will engage in Courageous Communication.
We refuse to hide significant feelings of rejection and misunderstanding. Great friendships are characterized by honesty. We choose to hold each other accountable, being brutally honest with one another when necessary, in love. (Proverbs 15:1; Proverbs 15:28; Proverbs 17:27; Proverbs 27:5-6; Ephesians 4:1b–3; 1 Tim 4:12: Psalm 37:30; James 1″19; Romans 14:19?
We strive to Bring our Best.
We believe that excellence honors God and inspires people. We set high standards and make our standards explicit so that we can evaluate our progress. Valuing excellence means we encourage open evaluation, support, encouragement and challenge. Every expression of the church must be done with authenticity, excellence, and integrity. (Col. 3:17, Mal. 1:6-14, Prov. 27:17)