VALUES & BELIEFS

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OUR CORE VALUES


FREEDOM through salvation

WE VALUE those who do not yet have a relationship with Jesus, because we know that they are deeply loved and valued by God. His desire and ours is the same -  that all would experience new and real life in Jesus through this gift called salvation. May people in this church go from spiritual death to life and experience FREEDOM.


GRACE through abiding

WE VALUE Jesus as our highest priority and the reason we exist. We intentionally push back on the exhaustive cycles of trying to make it on our own, and instead simply abide in Jesus - the source of all strength. May people in this church go from striving to abiding and experience God’s GRACE.


LOVE through authentic community

WE VALUE every single one. We understand that if we cannot love others deeply, we have missed the calling that is closest to God’s heart.  While our culture often seeks to divide us through race, class, culture, and life-stage; we seek unity and inclusion, recognizing that everyone is of equal value and worth. When true Christian love is expressed in authentic community, the world takes notice. We desire to love when it’s least expected. May people in this church go from self to others as they LOVE.


GROWTH through transformation

WE VALUE changing to become more like Jesus. We own that we aren’t perfect, or good enough on our own, and rely on God’s ability to transform us from the inside out. Healthy things grow, so we seek for spiritual, emotional, and relational health, believing that growth will occur as a natural byproduct. May this church go from being conformed to the world around us, to being transformed into the image of Jesus as we GROW.


MISSION through purpose

WE VALUE leveraging our lives for the good of others. We believe that God gave us gifts, resources, and passions to be stewarded and used far beyond the walls of the church, for God’s mission impacts every area of our lives. We stand for mercy, justice, and civility. When others seek to take, we desire to give. May this church go from consumers to people with purpose on MISSION.

 

OUR beliefs


A loving God created us in His image in order for us to have relationship with Him and with people. 

Genesis 1:27-28


All of us have believed the lie, rejected our true image, and wandered away from the truth of God’s love. 

Romans 1:25, 3:23


Because of broken relationship, Jesus lived, died, and rose from the dead to re-establish relationship with us. This life is to be experienced both now and forever. 

1 John 4:9-10, 2 Corinthians 5:17-18


Relationship with God through Jesus restores us into God’s family.  We are then joined together in a community of faith, hope, and love with our adopted brothers and sisters.
 

1 John 4:11-12


The Holy Spirit empowers our relationship with God and others.  Through Him we experience the empowered life of a believer and embrace our new identity in Christ. 

1 Peter 4:10-11, Galatians 2:20, John 14:26, Romans 8:26


God has given us His inspired Word as an authority and guide for living the truth and making a difference in the lives of others.  

2 Timothy 3:16-17


We are called by God to bless others and help them find their way back to Him.

2 Corinthians 5:19-20