1. EXPOSITORY PREACHING AND TEACHING
We are committed to upholding the “whole counsel” of God’s word. To be faithful to God’s word, we must emphasize what God’s word emphasizes. Scripture is properly understood and applied by affirming the author’s intent in our teaching. Since God’s word provides “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3), it is our counsel in all matters of life.
2. DISCIPLE-MAKING DISCIPLESHIP
To be a disciple of Christ, we must participate in the Great Commission to “make disciples”. We are to continually grow in knowledge and love for Christ. From the moment we first come to Christ, God desires to work in and through us. Biblical discipleship best takes place in the context of community.
3. BIBLICAL COMMUNITY
Spiritual maturity requires our commitment and submission to the local church. Involvement in a church should be marked by humility, accountability and care for each other. Since the Holy Spirit gifts every believer in order to serve the church, failure to participate weakens the church and the believer. In all conflict we are called to pursue the gospel’s agenda, which is reconciliation. We seek to encourage and be accountable through relationship with like minded churches.
4. EQUIPPING FAMILIES
Parents are acknowledged and equipped as the primary disciple makers in their children’s lives; fathers are called to take the lead in this. Families are exhorted to intentionally instruct their children to continually grow in knowledge and love for Christ. The church family will seek to mentor children whose parents are not believers. Fostering intergenerational interaction to encourage the younger to learn from the older.
5. GROWING GOSPEL CENTERED WITNESSES
All of life and all relationships should be gospel-centered. The gospel should direct how we are to interact with all people in our life. Outreach is relational, therefore all members need to be engaged with unbelievers. We desire to touch people within our reach for Christ from every age, economic status and ethnic background.
6. MENTORING SERVANT LEADERS
We are responsible in our own generation to equip leaders for the generations to come. Mentoring is a process we want to encourage in and through every age level. Biblical leadership is always exercised as servant-leadership. We are to serve every generation represented in our members; this should take place in all areas of ministry.