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Seven Core Values

There are seven core values we believe Jesus modeled for us, to show us how to live with him. The more we spend time with him, the more we begin to see these values expressed in our own lives.

Making a big deal of the undeserved love, kindness, and compassion of God, especially in what he has done through Jesus. To obtain a gift of infinite worth and not tell others of its value belittles the Giver of that gift. Thus, our walking in the gift of God’s grace entails extending that grace to others.

Seeking our highest happiness in him alone in and through all things. Short-lived pleasure in temporal gifts is not how God intended our happiness to work. He hardwired us to value him first, regardless of our circumstances. The more we express gratitude for his love, willingly participate in worship, regularly spend time with him, and cling to his hope in hard times, the more we can find eternal joy.

Caring for people with no expectation of return by putting their needs above ours. If we are freely committed to living in a community where others’ needs are more important than our own, we will truly taste of Christ’s unconditional love.

Allowing the entirety of God’s Word to shape our thinking and transform how we approach day-to-day life. Because we have already been perfectly loved by God in Jesus, we want to know and obey the truth of God’s Word in response to his love. Even if the Bible doesn't answer every question the way we want, it speaks so clearly about God's goodness, our condition, and his promises that we must continually ask, "What does the Bible say about this?"

Attempting to listen for and be sensitive to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This kind of dependence on the Spirit that Jesus modeled might be reflected in faithful prayer, spiritual gift(s), fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control), helping other Christians in their struggle with sin, listening for what he may be speaking to your heart, and even singing with other believers.

Humbly striving for consistency between what we believe and how we live it. God’s design for us is to be whole, unbroken, and complete, but because of sin this is only possible as we grow to trust, pursue, and reflect Jesus. People living in integrity seek to demonstrate coherence between what they think and how they live, through genuine transparency with others, honest accountability, and a private life that lines up with public reputation.

Furthering God’s mission and agenda for the world by announcing and applying what he has done in Jesus. As the Church, we are to partner with God to preach the good news of the kingdom to each other, ourselves, those who don’t know Jesus, and those who have never heard about the life and salvation available in him.