Scripture over Secularism
We believe that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant word of God. Therefore, we will look to the Bible to dictate what we teach and believe rather than to the philosophies and teachings of our secular world.
People over Programs
We believe that the people of our community and of our church are more important than any set religion that we can come up with. We believe that Jesus was more interested in the lives of people than with the religious status quo. Therefore, he took time to look people in the eye and to relate to them as individuals. Jesus was not interested in what he could get from people only what he could give.
Substance over Style
We believe that our style should reflect the culture we live in, but we do not believe that style takes precedence over substance. We believe what we teach is more important than how we teach.
Others over Ourselves
One of the fundamental teachings of Jesus is that we should consider others needs in higher regard than our own needs. Serving others both in our community and in our church is therefore fundamental to us as a community of believers.
Self-sacrifice over Self-promotion
Jesus life and teaching exemplified the attitude of sacrifice. Jesus is known by the world today not because of self-promotion, rather because of self-sacrifice. Therefore, as a community of followers of Jesus we too should not look for self gain individually or as a group.
Social Justice over Social Status
If we are serious about living out the teachings of Jesus we must have the oppressed and marginalized of our world in mind. Therefore, we will be a voice for those who have no voice, we will represent those who have no representation and we will include those who have been excluded by our culture.