Our Core Values
We value love for God and people, expressed not only in word but also in actions. We believe that God so loved the world… so we refuse any form of prejudice or judgmentalism. (Mark 12:28-31; 1 John 3:13-18; 1 Cor 13).
We value the Gospel and proclaiming it “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed-a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."’ (Romans 1:16-17). There is only one gospel and it is the gospel of pure grace in Jesus Christ (Gal 1:6-9).
We value pure grace as the means of salvation through faith and as the context in which God’s standards are to be taught and lived out (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 6:14; Roman 11:6; Titus 2:11-15).
We enter the Kingdom of God by His grace and we live out the Christian life by grace.
We value the eternal soul of all humans as beings created in the image of God and will treat those outside the church as well as inside with honor and respect and do all we can to witness Christ to them. (Genesis 1:27; Matthew 18:14; 2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 28:18-20).
We value making disciples as a command given to the church in which each believer is to play a part (Matthew 28:18-20).
We value the Scriptures as the active and living Word of God inspired by God. We believe together with the Holy Spirit, it is the means of transformed hearts and minds. (PS 138:2; 2 Tim 3:16; Romans 12:2).
We value learning & teaching biblical doctrine so that true understanding of God’s Word will not be lost. We are a Bible based doctrinally driven church. This is our standard for living.
Bad doctrines are toxic and have the potential to eventually poison the understanding of God and the good news of His grace. We join those who believe that Biblical illiteracy is the single most significant threat to the viability of the Church in America. The ministers of the word are called to "speak the things which become sound doctrine," and by His grace, we commit to do it. (Titus 2:1; PS 1;4; Ephesians 4:14; 2 Tim 4:3; 2 Tim 3:5; Acts 2:42; Isaiah 55:10-11; Matthew 16:6,12; 2 Tim 4:12; Ephesians 4:14; PS 1:4; 1 Tim 4:16; 1 Tim 6:3-5Matt 23:3; John 8:32).
We value the local church and supporting it as the bridge through which God ordained to connect with humanity itself - the means by which God has ordained to reconcile the world to Himself. Jesus and His Church are the “hope of the nations. Throughout history God has chosen to gather together those He has redeemed, to worship and serve Him in communities of faith – local churches. The establishment and continuity of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:23, 27; 20:17, 28; Galatians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1) and that the members of the one spiritual Body are directed to associate themselves together in local assemblies (1 Corinthians 11:18-20; Hebrews 10:25).
We value personal relationships – beyond Sunday morning – as an essential context in which evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development take place. (Acts 2:46-47). We believe life change happens best in the context of relationships. In clusters of caring people, participants share and encourage each other toward spiritual growth. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
We value prayer as a means through which we communicate with God and through which He brings eternal change. (Luke 11:1-13). We believe the attitude and action of prayer is essential to everything we do. (Colossians 4:2)
We value corporate worship and biblical teaching as fundamental for the well-being of each believer and the body as a whole (John 4).
We value men and women leading and serving in the church as equals based on gifting and not on gender, race, social status (Galatians 3:28). Barring another from using their God-given talents for any of these reasons is an injustice that diminishes the gospel and its impact in the world.
We value the biblical design of shared leadership & submission in marriages (Ephesians 5:21; Matthew 19:4-5), and their relationship of nonhierarchical complementarity.
We value Authenticity - Authenticity, integrity, openness, and sincerity are important to us. We are who we really are. "The goal of our instruction is love, from a good conscience, a pure heart, and a sincere faith." (1 Timothy 1:5)
We value excellence in ministry because it honors God, reflects His character, and inspires people (1 Cor 3:10-15). We strive for excellence without compromise in all areas of our ministry and lives. (1 Peter 4:10; 1 Cor 10:31; Col 3:17, 23).
We value Spiritual Gifts, Ministry & Service - We believe that gifts mentioned in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Cor 12:28 and 1 Cor 12:4-11 are still operating through Christians today. In regard to the spiritual gifts as they are listed in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, Scripture states that the Holy Spirit gives the gifts according to His own will. We believe that each believer has received one or more gifts and should employ them in serving others, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Spiritual giftedness and maturity determine where and how a believer serves.
We value quality leadership in the gifts Christ gave the church as listed in Ephesians 4:11-12 and believe they are essential to the church. We desire to identify, equip, and release people as they are identified in our community of faith. (Titus 1).
We value full devotion to Christ - Full devotion to Jesus should be normal for every believer. (Luke 9:23). We measure our success by our ability to be and make disciples.
We value transformation, not just information, as the basis of a successful ministry
(2 Corinthians 3).
We value co-laboring with all Christians in the universal church according to Foursquare’s motto “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, and in all things charity” - we have unity from which to co-labor with all who preach Jesus Christ as the way, truth, and life – the only way of salvation.