The Bible is God’s Word. It outlines the standard by which our attitudes and behavior are to be measured. The challenge is to always bring our lives up to the standard of Truth and not adjust the standard of Truth to line up with our lives. Biblical standards of conduct supersede all other social and cultural standards.
The church is a place to belong. It is like an extended family where each member is responsible to and for other members in accountable relationships. Members of the church care for and serve one another in an atmosphere of love, acceptance, and forgiveness and live their lives together in both small and large group settings.
The eldership team has the freedom and responsibility to lead the church under the Lordship of Jesus Christ who is the Head of the church. A presiding elder gives overall direction to the eldership and is responsible to manage the daily activities of the congregation. Instead of doing all the ministry, elders are responsible to train and equip the people and release them to engage in their callings and ministries.
Lives are transformed by the renewing of our minds. More than simply knowing about God and the Bible, we must personally know Him in an intimate, transparent relationship where we experience forgiveness of sin, freedom from past hurts, and healing of brokenness in our lives through the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit.
Every Member a Minister
Every member, including youth and children, is to be actively involved in ministering to one another to build up the local body of Christ. In order for this to happen, each member is encouraged to pursue a path of discipleship thus equipping them in their gifting and call. Through spiritual gifts and the power of God, each person is a vessel of love, care, and healing.
Through worship we bless God and minister to Him. We praise Him for who He is through singing, other worshipping arts, and the spoken word. Our worship services include celebration, adoration, proclamation, and exultation.
Prayer is the foundational work of the church. In prayer, we discover and are led to accomplish the purpose of God in our life, family, church, community, nation, and world. Our need to pray reminds us that the vision of God and the work of the Kingdom are beyond our own ability to bring to pass and that without His help we can accomplish little.
The tithe (10% of one’s income) is the foundation of Biblical giving and is given to and distributed by the local church. Faith-Promise giving for missions, sacrificial giving for facilities, and compassion giving for the needy are given above and beyond the tithe. While the tithe is given out of obedience to God, offerings above and beyond the tithe are optional and are to be given according to ability and desire.
As God’s children, we are called to walk by faith and not by sight, being led by the direction of the Holy Spirit and the instructions of God’s Word. We therefore value hearing God’s voice, obeying His directives, and applying the Word of God to our daily lives.
The Work of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has been given to empower the church to fulfill the purpose and claim the destiny God has created us for. We therefore value the Holy Spirit’s presence and power in every celebration gathering, cell meeting and in each person’s individual relationship with God and one another.
The main focus of the church is to be outward rather than inward and the local congregation is the main tool God uses to bring transformation to communities. Reaching out to others is not simply one of the things we do, but the focus of everything we do as a church. Extending the kingdom of God, both at home and around the world, must be at the forefront of our minds in every decision we make.
Working together as a local body of Christ is essential if we are to accomplish the tasks that God has for us. We also value relationships with other local congregations and ministries who are like-minded. We share common vision, values, objectives, and distinctions as local congregations as well as with the broader Restoration Network of churches.