We value the Bible because it’s here that we learn about the good news of Jesus Christ. We believe the Bible is inspired by God and that it’s inerrant and infallible in all that it teaches and is therefore our ultimate authority for all things. [see footnote 1]
We value the gospel [see footnote 2] because it’s God’s glorious and eternal plan to rescue sinful people from the punishment we all deserve. The gospel is the power of God for salvation to every sinner who believes in Christ alone for their right standing with God (Rom. 1:16; 3:21-26; 1 Cor. 1:17-2:16; 15:1-19; 1 John 2:1-2).
We value worship [see footnote 3] because it’s the goal of the gospel. Worship is our response to God when we fully embrace the good news of what God has done for us in Christ (John 9:38; 20:24-29; Rom. 11:33-36; Eph. 1:6, 12, 14). In fact, the Scriptures teach us that we were created to worship God and enjoy Him forever (Psalm 73:25-28; Rom. 11:36; 1 Cor. 10:31).
We value gospel-centered preaching because we understand that all of Scripture (from Genesis to Revelation) is the narrative of God’s gracious plan of redemption through the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the focal point of the whole Bible (Luke 24:13-35, 44-49).
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. Genuine saving faith always works itself out in a life transformed by the Spirit of God (Rom. 6:1-8; Eph. 2:1-10; Titus 3:1-8; 2 Pet. 1:3-11; 1 John 5:1-5).
We value gospel-centered fellowship, because the Bible teaches us that Christians are to love one another in deed and truth and that such love is one of the clearest identifying marks of true faith and our greatest apologetic to an unbelieving world (Jn. 13:34-35; 1 Jn. 3:14; 4:7-21).
We value gospel-centered diversity and forbearance because we know that the gospel brings people together from a wide variety of backgrounds (age, race, socio-economic, etc.) and experiences. As such, we are committed to following the Bible’s teaching on accepting one another and offering each other much grace in all areas neither addressed nor mandated by Scripture (e.g., family planning, schooling choices, holiday practices, and the gamut of personal preferences) so that the gospel and its proclamation might always remain primary (Rom. 14:1-23; 1 Cor. 8-9).
We value a plurality of godly male leaders (“elders”) who set the vision and course for the local church with a keen eye on keeping the church focused on Christ and His Mission. Elders must lead with humility and serve as examples of gospel-centered faith (1 Cor. 4:16; 11:1; Phil. 3:17; 4:9; 1 Thess. 1:6-7; 2:10; 2 Thess. 3:6-9; 1 Tim. 3:1-16; 4:12; 1 Pet. 5:3).
We value Christ’s mission to make disciples of all the nations. We therefore seek to be a church that grows, as all of our members live as missionaries in the various communities God has placed us. Additionally, we are committed to being on Christ’s mission to all the nations as we partner with like-minded missionaries serving in our region, nation, and the ends of the earth. (Mt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Rom. 1:16-17; Eph. 4:11-13; 1 Peter 2:4-9).
We value gospel-centered church planting as a vital means of fulfilling the mission Christ has sent us on (Matt. 28:18-20). We believe that church planting is the most effective way to reach an unbelieving world and to remain on mission as a local church (Acts 13:1-21:14).
1. See the “Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy” for a fuller discussion of the inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility of the Scriptures.
2. The Gospel is the good news of how our Holy Trinitarian God reconciles sinful men and women back to Himself through the incarnation, perfect life, substitutionary atoning death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, which was all part of God’s plan from before the foundation of the world. Those who, by grace through faith, trust in Christ’s work alone for their right standing with God have been born again and enter into the Kingdom of God and delight in the blessings of the new covenant (already) while earnestly awaiting ultimate fulfillment thereof (not yet). This message is not simply an entry requirement, but THE central teaching of the Christian faith and an inexhaustible treasure that is applicable for both believers and unbelievers alike.
3. Worship is the proper response of all believers to what God has done for us in Christ. Biblical worship is empowered by the Holy Spirit, where new creatures begin to treasure God above all competing affections. This internal treasuring of God wells up into outward praise and an ongoing transformation of life in line with what the Scriptures teach about God and our worship of Him. While biblical worship encompasses all of life, believers worship in a very important and biblically mandated way when they come together and worship corporately with other fellow worshippers.