Our Defining Values
Belief requires a response. The values that shape and define us as a church are our particular response to the biblical truths that we embrace. Simply put, our values are the practical expression of the things we believe, and are summed up in the following points:
- A love for the Gospel
- A passion for God
- An emphasis on sound doctrine
- A pursuit of the active presence of God and the ministry of the Holy Spirit
- A pursuit of godliness through application of biblical truth
- A commitment to relationship as a channel for God’s grace in our lives
- A love of serving
- A heart for sharing the Gospel – individually and corporately
The Gospel (The Good News)
The gospel is the good news…
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
The good news of the Bible is that our holy, loving Creator, confronted with human hostility and rebellion, has chosen in his own freedom and faithfulness to become our loving Redeemer and Restorer. In simple terms, it is possible for human beings to be reconciled from our current state of rebelliousness towards God to a place of restored relationship with God through the life, death, and resurrection of his Son, Jesus (Rom. 3:23-25; 2 Cor. 5:18, 21; Eph. 1:7).
Through faith in the completed work of Jesus Christ, we begin to experience the benefits of his righteousness, joy, and peace in this imperfect world (Gal. 2:20) while our ultimate hope is in his promise of eternal life in heaven with him after we die, avoiding the righteous wrath and punishment God has stored up for those who do not know him.
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Our Doctrinal Distinctives
Although labels can be misunderstood, there are distinguishing characteristics of our church that provide a window into the truths that define us. We are evangelical. This basically means two things:
- We believe that the Bible is the essential and infallible record of God’s self-disclosure and is, therefore, our final authority in all matters of life and doctrine.
- We believe people need to be saved by responding to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are essentially reformed in our theology. This means that we embrace and exult in the sovereignty of God over all things and that we place the emphasis on the activity of God and the glory of God in the salvation of sinners.
We are charismatic. This means that we are active in our pursuit and practice of all the gifts of the Spirit as found in the New Testament and that our worship is expressive and passionate.