Our Core Values
The Power of God's Word - God speaks to people primarily through His Word, which is living and active in the lives of those who aim to honor and follow its instruction.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations and every vain thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,”
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
The Practical Application of God's Word - Biblical Education is Spiritual and Useful, not just Academic and informational. Biblical content and information must be coupled with the application of its spiritual and practical truth to our lives in order for God's Word to have its full effect, producing real ongoing change.
“For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification."
1 Thessalonians 4:2–3
The Unity of the Faith - Doctrinal and denominational distinctives must not forestall Christian unity. God knows we are all different, think and respond differently to Him as individuals, but He expects us to work together as the Community of the People of God to accomplish His will.
“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”
The Priesthood of All Believers - All believers should be able to access the resources required to fully understand and apply scripture deeply to their own lives, to exercise their gifts within the Body of Christ, and to teach and train others to do so as well. The "clergy/laity" division creates power distance and hierarchical structures that serve to erode the Holy Spirit's efforts to produce true unity in the Body of Christ. The pattern set by the Apostles is the priesthood of all believers.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
1 Peter 2:9–10