5 Core Values
In regards to our values, we seek to be a church which gathers together around 5 core themes.
We do not believe that “theology” is a negative term. We do not seek to “dumb down” the gospel to make it more accessible to the masses. Actually, we believe that, where the Word of God is preached and taught, both in breadth and in depth, both from our pulpits and from our dinner tables, that God’s people are then radically affected and moved out into mission within their neighborhoods and other spheres of influence. The Holy Bible is God’s inspired, infallible, inerrant and authoritative Word and as such, speaks to all areas of life.
We believe that the Christian faith laid out for us within the pages of Scripture, particularly in the young church which we see being formed across the pages of the New Testament, is a church of community and of shared life. Intimacy and depth of community are not easily achieved in an individualistic culture like ours, and yet it is what we are called to. We seek to “do life”, to work, to play, to worship, to pray, to cry and to belly laugh (you know, the real nasaly, snorty kind) to parent and to seek the redemption of all things… together.
If the gospel is true, if we were once, due to our sin and fallenness, our brokenness and our helplessness, our complete inability to fix or repair ourselves. If because of this, we were found to be objects of God’s wrath (for this is the Biblical narrative). And if, through the virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death and triumphant resurrection of Jesus Christ, we who are in Christ may now be viewed, not as objects of God’s wrath, but as objects of His affection (and again, just for clarity, we would say that this also is the Biblical narrative) then how could we NOT participate joyously in worship of Him who so graciously rescued us.
If the gospel described above is truly “Good News” then we seek to share it with others. We just can’t help it. The early church had it. They were “adding to their number daily” (Acts 2:47). Think about that for just a minute. Daily. Some of us are coming from contexts that haven’t seen anyone come to faith in Christ for years. Has the gospel lost it’s effectiveness? Is God no longer interested in drawing together a people to call His own? We seek the spiritual welfare of others because we know the grace that we ourselves have experienced.
In the book of Luke, Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan. This story is actually set within the broader context of a conversation he is having with an expert in the law. At the end of this conversation Jesus asks the expert who he thought was a neighbor to the man who had been robbed and beaten. The expert answered Jesus saying that it was the one who had shown mercy. Jesus’ response is instructive. “You go and do likewise.” We seek to be a community of believers that has an indelible impact on our neighbors and on our neighborhoods because of the mercy we show.