We value the Bible because it is God’s inspired and inerrant Word, declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ from Genesis to Revelation (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; Luke 24:25-32, 44-47).
We value the gospel because it is God’s good news that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and was raised on the third day to save undeserving sinners from His eternal judgment in hell. The gospel alone is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16, 3:21-26, 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28; Revelation 21-22).
We value gospel preaching from all of Scripture (since the entire Bible is about Christ), in all contexts, to all people, believer and unbeliever, for the salvation of sinners and the transformation of saints (Luke 24:25-32, 44-49; John 5:46; Romans 1:14-17, 10:17; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; 1 Peter 1:22-2:3).
We value clarity on the nature of true saving faith. Sinners are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, but true saving faith is never alone. True saving faith always works itself out in love for Christ and love for His bride, the church (Ephesians 2:8-10; James 2:14-26; Matthew 25:31-46; 1 John 4:7-11).
We value the worship of God in Christ, because it is the goal of the gospel. Worship is our natural response to God’s salvation in Christ. It is why we were created (Exodus 15:1-18; Revelation 5:9-10).
We value gospel-driven community, the church, where redeemed sinners evidence their love for Jesus Christ by their sacrificial love for one another. Our body life is a tangible and authenticating witness to an unbelieving world that the gospel is true (John 13:34-35; Philippians 2:3-11; 1 John 4:7-11).
We value diversity in the body of Christ as a testimony to the power of the gospel in bringing people from every tribe, language, people, and nation to fellowship and glorify God together (Revelation 5:9-10).
We value acceptance and forbearance toward one another in all matters neither addressed nor clearly mandated by Scripture (e.g., schooling preferences, family planning, holiday practices, etc.), that the gospel and its proclamation might remain primary (Romans 14:1-23; 1 Corinthians 8-9).
We value a plurality of godly male leaders whose lives qualify them to shepherd Christ’s church, who will lead with humility and serve as examples of godliness (Acts 14:23; 1 Timothy 2:12-15, 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-16; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Hebrews 13:7, 17).
We value Christ’s mission to make disciples of all the nations. This is accomplished as we live intentionally to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to those in our circles of influence (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Revelation 5:9-10).
Gospel-Driven Church Planting
We value church planting as the primary means of fulfilling the Great Commission. We believe that church planting is the most effective way to reach an unbelieving world and to remain ourtwardly oriented and evangelistic as a church (Acts 13:1-21:14).