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Foundational Statements

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KEY BIBLE PASSAGE:

“So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved”  (Acts 2:41-47, ESV).

VISION STATEMENT:

What do we want to become? What do we want our reputation to be?

To be a fellowship of believers radically devoted to Jesus Christ, His people, and His mission.

MISSION STATEMENT:

What do we do? Why do we do it?

We are a fellowship of believers under the authority of God’s Word, following Jesus’ example, living in the power of the Holy Spirit, seeking to make disciples of all nations.

CORE VALUES:

Biblical Authority -  The Bible is our guidebook for living in relationship to God and our plumb line for measuring our approach to life and ministry. (2 Timothy 3:15-17)

Exclusivity of Christ – Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone. (John 14:6)

Power of Prayer - Prayer must be the first, last, and constant activity in every area of our lives and in our church. (Colossians 4:2)

Grace-Filled Community – Christ-followers grow best in the context of committed relationships to one another. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Great Commission Living - In all our activities, programs, relationships, and ministries we will be intentional in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20)

CORE PRACTICES:
1. Keep the Word of God primary (Ps. 119:105-106; 2 Tim.3:16).
2. Under gird everything with prayer (Phil. 4:6).
3. Be a Great Commission Church (Jn. 14:6; Matt. 28:19-20).
4. Be a great mission-minded Church (Mk.16:15).
5. Build Strong Bible Fellowship Groups (Matt. 18:20; Heb. 10:24-25).
6. Be led by the Spirit (Zech. 4:6; Eph. 5:18).
7. Walk by faith (Matt. 19:26).
8. Live by grace (Eph. 1:7; 2:4-10).
9. Minister to the needs of people (Rom. 12:9-13).
10. Foster peace in the church (Matt. 18:15-17; Heb. 12:14-15; 2 Tim. 2:22-26, Eph. 4:1-6).
11. Pursue full devotion to Christ as normal for every believer (Rom. 12:1-2).
12. Join God on His mission (Ex. 14:21; Jn. 1:43).
13. Strengthen families (Eph. 5:21-6:4).
14. Encourage one another (Heb. 3:13; 10:25).
15. Discover our spiritual gifts and use them (Rom. 12; Eph. 4; 1 Cor. 12).
16. Be faithful in financial stewardship (Mal. 3:8-10; Matt. 23:23).
17. Be open to change, demonstrating flexibility (1 Cor. 9:22).
18. Look for ways to “lift the lid” (Phil. 3:8; 1 Cor. 9:12).
19. Celebrate an innovative environment (1 Cor. 9:21-23).
20. Have fun being a Christian (Phil. 4:4).
21. Glorify God (2 Thess. 1:12; Ps. 86:12)

We believe a Great Commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission will Grow A Great Church!

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