1) Focusing on the Triune God of the Bible (the Trinity) - 3 in One – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and His Word (The Bible). We do not add to or take away from the Word of God. We hold the Bible in high regard and believe it is without error (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Proverbs 30:5). We believe that we are to follow the Words of the Scriptures entirely.
2) Focusing on evangelism and teaching a mission-minded mindset.
Three tiered approach:
3) Focusing on the discipleship of the family unit. We cannot share what we do not have. We are only effective in sharing and ministering if we are in a right relationship with God and those around us (Honoring the first and second greatest commandments – Matthew 22:37-39). We seek to make this happen by:
a. Teaching men to be men. We teach Biblical gender roles for men in the family and the church. A man should be sacrificial for his family; especially his wife (Ephesians 5). He should be gentle, yet strong. He should stand firm on the truth of the Gospel. He should teach his children the way of the Lord (Deuteronomy 6). He should lead his family through being an active example. Men should sharpen one another (Proverbs 27:17). He should provide for his family (1 Timothy 5:8). He should discipline but not exasperate his children (Ephesians 6:4).
b. Teaching women to be women. We see women as important and irreplaceable co-equal heirs with men in Christ (Gal 3:26-29). We teach Biblical gender roles for women in the family and the church. We encourage women to be active in the church in the roles that God has ordained for them (1 Tim 2:12-15, Titus 2:3-5, Proverbs 31). We encourage mothers to be homeward in orientation (Titus 2:5, Proverbs 31). We see motherhood as one of the greatest callings in the world (Proverbs 31:28-29). We encourage older women to mentor younger women (Titus 2:3-5). We encourage women to be strong in the faith along with being submissive to their husbands as unto the Lord (Ephesians 5:22, 1 Peter 3:1).
c. Holding marriage in high honor. We believe that marriage is an example of Christ and the church (Ephesians 5). We believe that marriage is between one biological man and one biological woman (Gen 2:24, Psalm 139:13-14). We believe the enemy is out to seek to kill, steal, and destroy marriage (John 10:10). We encourage accountability and living above reproach (Philippians 1:27). We encourage mentoring of engaged and newly married couples. We encourage counseling for couples going through hard times. We wish to strengthen great marriages as well (Proverbs 11:14).
d. Loving and appreciating our children. Psalm 127:3 - Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. We want to raise godly offspring as commanded by the Lord (Malachi 2:15, Deuteronomy 6). We do not see children as a burden but as a blessing. We are unashamedly pro-life (Psalm 139). We value all children’s lives.
e. Bringing in great outside influences into the family units. We believe in the fellowship of the believers (Hebrews 10:25). We believe our family is not just limited to bloodlines. Believers are all adopted children of Abraham that have been grafted into Christ’s church (Romans 11:17-24). Even if a believer does not have children, has adult children that are away, or are single - we seek to include them into our body of believers. Each believer has a unique giftedness that is needed in the body of the church (1 Cor 12:12-31). We wish to have community with people of all stages of life. We firmly believe that mothers and fathers need the body of Christ as a whole to help come alongside them and influence the next generation to pursue hard after Christ. We believe the church is meant to be intergenerational in order to encourage mentoring and growth (Titus 2).
4) Focusing on Multiplying
We desire for others to form church plants through our church’s ministry. We do not exist to become a megachurch. We wish to have churches that are small enough to continue sharing in community. We believe that the best way to continue the Great Commission is to continue planting churches (See the Book of Acts).
5) Focusing on Grace and Mercy in Community
We desire to be a church known by its love for the Lord, first and foremost, but also for people (Luke 10:27, John 13:35). We desire to be a community of believers that are quick to forgive (Col 3:13). We want to stand firm on truth but not ignore grace and mercy in the midst of that (Matt 5:7). We believe each of these principles is necessary to be Christ’s church. In order to be a community, we need to be together. We encourage accountability in church attendance as we are not to neglect meeting together (Hebrews 10:25).