Contrary to the prevailing currents of culture, we affirm that there is such a thing as objective truth and that God intends for every person to discover that truth. Jesus said “ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). This value finds expression in the attention we give to our preaching, teaching, doctrine, and the real life application of His Word.
Jesus indicated in the Gospel of John that the Father is seeking worshipers who will worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24). It is our conviction that God intends for mankind to believe in His existence and to experience His presence. Because we value experiencing the presence of God, we encourage worship, prayer, and expect the operation of the gifts of the Spirit.
Throughout His ministry Jesus called people to commitment and discipleship (see Luke 9:23). Christianity is more than a compartmentalized dimension of the Christian’s life. Simply put, our faith should color every aspect of who we are and how we live our lives. Because we value committed discipleship, we encourage personal growth in spiritual disciplines, holiness, and stewardship of our time, talent, and resources.
Even in its infancy, the early church put a high value on connecting with and reaching out to people (see Acts 1:8 & 2:44). The church was never intended to be monolithic and exclusive. The church is a body filled with diversity and open to people from every walk of life. Because we value connecting with people, we encourage our church family to build relationships that reach far beyond the service schedule and to be intentional about evangelism and outreach.
Families are the greatest tools for discipleship within the church. The emotional and spiritual health of the family is indispensable. We have seen in our culture the tragic effects of deconstructing the family unit. Because we value strong families, we encourage the biblical model of marriage and a Christ-centered approach to parenting. We also seek to find creative ways to equip marriages and to affirm the distinctive value of men and women.