All people are made in God’s image and should be the first thing we see in people.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
God's truth must be spoken in love and gentleness.
“Walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3)
Christians are ambassadors of Jesus the King, called to represent him in all spheres of life.
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” (I Corinthians 5:20)
Christian leaders are called to equip potential leaders.
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11)
The faithless and fainthearted need Jesus and it takes training and innovation to effectively captivate them with the Gospel.
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:18-19a)
Our children equally belong to our church so we want them active in ministry.
“Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:15)
Small groups have the unique ability to create opportunities for discipleship, entry points for inquirers of the faith, and opportunities to invest in future leaders.
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts 2:42)
The spoken Word—the Gospel—must remain central to our worship and in our mission as the source for joy and assurance for salvation.
“For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (I Corinthians 1:2)
Jesus’ death and resurrection is the motivation behind serving the Quartet of the Vulnerable: widow, orphan, immigrant, and the poor:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10).
The Kingdom of Jesus supersedes the needs of our congregation: “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant” (Philippians 2:5-7)