God takes us “as-is” and then transforms them into His likeness through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. God desires us to be authentic, not pretentious. The church is not to be condemning, but loving (Acts 15:19, 1 Cor. 5:12-13).
God created us to influence the lives of others for his glory. We make a difference as God’s witnesses by serving humanity, sharing God’s love, making disciples, and telling others about Christ. The church is not to be a passive organization, but an active movement (Matt. 5:13-16, 28:19-20; Acts 1:8, 2:47).
We are committed to engaging our culture for Jesus Christ. As missionaries to our culture and community, we must minister intentionally to make an impact. The “language” and style in which we minister is determined by our context. This requires a relentless commitment to change, innovation, creativity, and spiritual transformation. The church is not to be marginalized, but influential (John 1:14, 1 Cor. 9:22, 1 Chron. 12:32).
Meaningful relationships are essential to spiritual growth. God places believers in a body called the church. We are called to intentionally surround ourselves with others so that we can mutually grow together. The church is not for isolation, but community (Heb. 10:24-25, Eccl. 4:9-11, Acts 2:46, 2 Peter 3:18).
Every person is valuable in the eyes of God. We desire our church to reflect the diversity of our city and the body of Christ. We value people of different ethnicity, cultures, and backgrounds sharing life together (1 Cor. 12:13-14, Gal. 3:28, Eph. 2:14-16, Acts 2:5-13).
God has given us all gifts and talents to serve others and advance His kingdom. He has wired us uniquely and we should seek to serve Him according to how He has designed us. We may begin serving wherever there’s a need and then begin to move towards our area(s) of gifting. The church is not a place for conformity, but creativity (2 Tim. 1:6, Mark 10:43, 1 Cor. 12:1-32, Exod. 31:2-5).
God desires us to serve Him with a spirit of commitment and excellence. We realize that everything we do is in His name. God deserves for us to worship and serve Him in a manner that honors Him. [We must strive to worship and live a life that is reflects His glory and pleases Him.] The church is not for apathy or perfection, but relentlessness (Mal. 1:6-10, Col. 3:17; 23-24).