We will preach and teach the word of God verse by verse.
Because we believe every word of God is inspired (2 Tim. 3:16), breathed out of his very mouth, we teach the bible verse-by-verse within a historical-grammatical interpretation of Scripture.
Our ministry is based on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16; 16:25-27), and the foundation of what we teach. The truths contained in the gospel are those that provide the theological framework for who we are as Christians, how we are to live, and provide for our hope eternal.
We will encourage every member to minister their spiritual gifts.
Every member of the body of Christ has been "gifted" by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of ministering to, and building up the other members (I Cor. 12:7-11). When every member functions according to his/her gift(s), the body functions properly and grows normally (Eph. 4:15-16).
Our ministry is committed to loving God, caring for our members, and loving our neighbors.
We recognize that Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. Our "outward" focus is to follow Christ's example by pursuing opportunities to share the gospel message, and to live out the gospel message. This will involve attention to both the physical and spiritual needs of those around us. (I Thes. 2:4)
We will be shepherded and led by godly elders.
Biblically, the focal point of all church leadership is the elder. An elder is one of a plurality of biblically qualified leaders who jointly shepherd and oversee a local body of believers. The word translated “elder” is used nearly twenty times in Acts and the epistles in reference to this unique group of leaders who have responsibility for overseeing the people of God.
We will focus our efforts on the spiritual growth of our members.
This may be stating the obvious, but we are less concerned about "religion", and more concerned for the personal growth of every individual. Every Christian is a disciple of Jesus, there are not two types of Christians. To be a disciple of Jesus is to be learning from him, and so our ministry is focused on bringing every person into that place of vital discipleship to Jesus, where the life he offers becomes a growing reality.
We are committed to the role of church discipline in the life of the church.
A Christian will sometimes find himself/herself ensnared by sin through ignorance of the Scripture or willful disobedience to it. It then becomes necessary for the church, and particularly the elders, to actively seek the repentance and restoration of that Christian to a right relationship with the Lord. As shepherds of the flock, the elders love the sheep and are also held accountable by God for their spiritual welfare, even when they wander. As in Jesus’ parable in Luke 15:3-8, it is a time of joy, both in heaven and within the church, when the wandering Christian truly repents. One means by which the church seeks to lovingly restore wandering believers is the process of church discipline as explained by our Lord In Matthew 18,