The Bible is the divinely inspired source of infallible truth about God and the world He created.
- It testifies about Jesus and points us toward connection with Him. It is breathed by His Spirit, and every word He still speaks to His people echoes with the truth of His written word. Hebrews 4:12; John 5:39; Luke 24:45; 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Jesus modeled that our first ministry as believers is to behold and encounter our Father in prayer, to hear His heart, and then reflect that into the world.
- He delights in us and invites us to come close in prayer, and as we seek His manifest presence, we grow in our love for Him and in our awareness and partnership with what He is saying and doing. Psalm 16:11; 2 Corinthians 3:18; James 4:8;Hebrews 10:19-22; John 14:10; John 14:17-21, 26
Our faith isn’t based on the status of the world around us, or solely in hope of future glory, but we rejoice in the current work of God in our hearts and around the world.
- His kingdom is advancing and we can rest in the joy of knowing we are not victims, but victors and overcomers through Jesus. John 15:11; Psalm 16:11; Romans 15:13; Romans 5:1-5; John 17:13
As we grow in Him and heal from old wounds and patterns of life, we create life-giving communities and families that reflect His heart and character.
- He has set the lonely in families, and called us His sons and daughters. A healthy family is the safest place to take risks, to grow from mistakes, and to discover and be released into your identity. discipleship2 Corinthians 5:17, 6:18; Psalm 68:6; Ephesians 2:19-22; John 1:12-13; Romans 8:15; John 1:12; John 17:20
We look for ways to honor all people and to see them as God sees them.
- Honor is a key ingredient for growth and promotion in the Kingdom of God, and it requires us to look for the identity God has placed inside of people. Honor requires humility as we learn to receive what God wants to give to us through people who, like us, are still being perfected. 1 Peter 2:17; Romans 12:10; Ephesians 6:2-3; Matthew 10:40-42; 2 Chronicles 20:20
It is God’s joy to bring glory to Jesus and draw people to the truth of the gospel through the miraculous workings of the Holy Spirit.
- From the beginning, God has been confirming His words, revealing His love, and bringing His kingdom into the world through supernatural signs and wonders. He continues to do so today, both, independently, and through gifts and callings He has given to His people. Matthew 10:8; Matthew 22:29; Matthew 28:18-20; John 14:12 12; Ephesians 1:18-20; John 2:23-25; 1 Corinthians 2:4
Our Father is a king, and he has demonstrated the nature of His kingdom is to give out of His extravagant abundance.
- We give because He gives, and often a natural result of our joyful obedience in giving is that He can trust us with more. Whether it’s our time, energy, money, talents, or our love, we are called to give out of what we’ve been given to be a blessing to His body and to the world. Luke 6:38; Acts 20:35; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; Proverbs 19:17; 2 Corinthians 9:6; Philippians 4:19; 2 Corinthians 9:11
We celebrate the many diverse and beautiful expressions of worship God has planted in the hearts of His people, and we seek new ways of engaging in and revealing the love and character of God.
- Our God is exploding with creativity and we are made in His image. 1 Chronicles 16:23-31; Psalm 75:1; John 4:23-24; 2 Chronicles 20:21
We don’t live with the goal of earning God’s love or forgiveness, but instead we are inspired and changed by the grace of God to pursue Him and His life without limit, bondage, or shame.
- His word says that it is for freedom that we’ve been set free. The cross fulfilled the purposes of the law, and we now get to live as free sons and daughters, no longer slaves to sin and our old nature. Galatians 4:7; Galatians 5:1; 1 Corinthians 6:12; John 8:36; Ephesians 3:12, Psalm 119:45, Romans 6:22, 1 Peter 2:16
The one thing we can’t do in heaven is share the good news about Jesus with those who don’t know Him.
- He has called all of us to be witnesses, and as we model and proclaim the goodness of God, we each play a role in planting, watering, or harvesting the seeds of the gospel in the hearts of others. Matthew 5:14-16; Matthew 28:18-20; John 14:6; 1 Peter 3:15; 1 Corinthians 1:17; 2 Corinthians 5:20