The church shares in God’s covenant of grace that unites us together as a diverse family (Galatians 3:28), a relationship that is essential to our DNA and governs the decisions we make and the ministry we create.
The heart of God’s covenant of grace is His faithfulness. As members of that covenant family, faithfulness to our responsibilities to God and to each other is essential to our church life. We take seriously our responsibility to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and to provide them with homes that image the love of Christ for His bride (Ephesians 5:22-6:4).
By God’s grace, we strive to live faithfully as a covenant community.
The gospel teaches us that no one and nothing is beyond the redeeming work of God in Christ. It is the duty of every Christian to step into the lives of broken people and institutions and to seek to reclaim them for the glory of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:11, 6:1-13, 10:5).
By God’s grace, we strive to engage the darkness within and without with the redeeming grace of God.
Paul teaches us that our religion is empty and powerless if we don’t have love (1 Corinthians 13:1-3). Love binds all things together in perfect harmony (Colossians 3:14). Love requires faithfulness to God and to one another. These are the two great commands of the Scripture given by Christ—to love God and to love our neighbor (Matthew 22:37-40). Love moves us to speak truth with care (Ephesians 4:15).
By God’s grace, we strive to create and maintain a loving community that engages the world with God’s love.
As people of faith, we believe God has called us to engage in our ministry with dependence on His power. We know that God uses hardship and trials to train us and to cause us to live by faith (James 1:2-3, Hebrews 12:7-18). God also asks us to do what is beyond our ability so that the glory of accomplishment will be His alone (2 Corinthians 12:9). God asks us to risk for the sake of His Kingdom, and we recognize that fruit only comes when the seed dies (John 12:24-26).
By God’s grace, we strive to live by faith and courageously serve the Lord.
We serve the Lord here on earth with the knowledge that we are sinners saved by grace. Sin has affected our hearts, minds, and bodies. While we seek reconciliation and renewal, we understand that we are constantly in need of it ourselves.
By God’s grace, we strive to maintain an accurate view of ourselves and an accurate view of God so that we, like our Savior, can walk humbly before God and man.
We believe the Word of God to be His inspired revelation and our rule for faith and practice, and a source of freedom and life to those who receive it. We are convinced that living according to the truth demands that we renounce manipulation and deceit.
By God’s grace, we strive to live our lives and conduct our ministry in submission to His Word, to speak truth into the culture in which we live, and to live with integrity.