Grace. / Ephesians 2:8-9
God's grace is the sole basis of our creation salvation in Christ for sinners like us in this life and the next, leaving no room for shame, fear, boasting, or condemnation.
Evangelism. / 2 Corinthians 5:18
We are compelled by Christ's compassion and commands to share the Good News about God's love for sinners, which is most clearly evident in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and His invitation to reconciliation and new life that is only available through Christ. We do this through word and deed in ways that are proactive, practical, personal, prayerful, relevant, and respectful, and long to reach those who are estranged from God and His body on earth, the Church.
Community. / John 13:34
Though sin has isolated us, every individual is invited to be reconciled at once to God and to God's family on earth, which is the Church. God Himself is community: Father, Son, and Spirit, and we cannot have fellowship with, fully experience or reflect our Lord to the world unless we are in committed community with all who belong to Him. God saves us to and through Christian community.
Ministry. / Romans 12:4-5, Ephesians 2:10
Just as Jesus was during the incarnation, so we are the body of Christ, sent by God to suffer passionately for the salvation of the world. God created and called each of us to join Him as He continues His work of creation and redemption through us. Salvation includes restoration to our true purpose, and our lives become meaningful as we serve according to the gifts God has given us. The church is not a corporation that ministers to the members, but members ministering to God and others, both in and out of the congregation, in the name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. By giving our lives in ministry that gives life to others, we will find true life ourselves.
Relevance. / 1 Corinthians 9:19-20
The task of local congregations in every age and every culture is to offer the unchanging Gospel in ways that are attractive, accessible, and allow people to respond to the whole truth of God's transforming love for sinners. Because culture is constantly changing, the Church must constantly contextualize God's Good News for the people they have been called to serve. For this reason, rather than looking for the "best" church model, we realize that all areas of our congregational life will have to be subject to reconsideration in order to continue reaching contemporary people with God's timeless truth. Therefore, we commit ourselves to careful but continual creativity, prayerful innovation, theological reflection, cultural sensitivity, and listening to God at each step.