LIVE FOR CHRIST
[1 Thessalonians 5: 12-22]
We believe we are to live for Christ. As believers we must put Christ first in our lives and seek him daily. In order to do this, we need the peace of Christ to remain and rule inside of us. Simply stated, to live for Christ means knowing, loving, serving, and glorifying God. We believe this is our heart's response to the work the Lord has done in us.
LOVE LIKE CHRIST
[Matthew 22: 37-39]
When asked, what is the greatest commandment, Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your soul and with all of your mind.” The second is, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. In order to see the Lord's work in us, we must demonstrate kindness, patience and gentleness. To love like Christ is love not only Him,
but our family, friends, and yes, even strangers!
LEAD OTHERS TO CHRIST
We all matter to God, We all have a purpose and living for Christ and loving like Christ causes us to want what God wants. It is His will that no one misses out on the opportunity to experience God's love. We are instructed to "Compel them to come in,so that my house will be full" (Luke 14:23). We must share our faith with our family, friends, and others.
Although we are not perfect, we strive to be Christ-like and to reflect God's nature in all that we do. We believe that character continues to develop and that we all are "works in progress". Although we are unfinished, we strive to become and act like Christ in our works and words. We are not only accountable to God but each other.
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
We serve others with compassion and no hidden agendas. We want others to feel the love of God when they enter our weekend worship services, when we are serving, and every facet of our ministry. We respect and appreciate all who choose to worship with us and those who do not. We have compassion for the lost, the broken, the well to do, the misfits and the popular!
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." Matthew 9:36
We value our community and the role our church plays in it. We believe that through the power of God we will be able to meet the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of our community. It is in meeting the needs of the community that we are able to find "common unity" and believe that this is the perfect will of God. We believe that it is important to come together not only as a community of believers but also in hopes of serving the greater needs.
"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." Hebrews 10:24-25