mission & core values


MISSION

We exist to allow the PRESENCE of God to fill and direct us as the PEOPLE of God so that we live out the PURPOSE of God to the GLORY of God.

core values

Acts 1-6 describes the DNA of the early New Testament church, outlines the expectations they had of the Lord, and demonstrates their experience with God. We believe that inhabiting these core values will align us with God's agenda for His church.

  • WE WILL BE DECIDEDLY KINGDOM IN THE WAY WE PROCESS LIFE, RELATIONSHIPS, AND DECISIONS


    Before Jesus ascended to Heaven, He spent 40 days with His disciples. During those 40 days, He spoke to them concerning the Kingdom of God. Above all, Jesus wanted His disciples to focus on and facilitate the Kingdom of God upon the earth. From Acts 1 we learn that the

  • During His last 40 days on earth, Jesus emphasized the necessity of waiting upon His Spirit before attempting to advance the Kingdom. Chapter 2 of Acts opens with the coming of the Spirit. Now, the group of early believers would be able to advance the Kingdom by the presence of God in the people of God. From Acts 2, we see the New Testament community beginning to live as His witness by being:

    • Receptive to the Sprit (2:1-7)
    • Receiving from Prayer (2:1-7)
    • Replying with Scripture (2:14-16)
    • Responding with the Lord as Leader (2:24, 32-33)
  • When Peter addressed the crowd in Acts 2:36-41, He preached on the necessity of Jesus as both Savior and Lord. Jesus pointed out that following Jesus required responding to the Lord's word and to His Spirit. 


    "God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified." - Acts 2:36


    "So those who received His word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls." - Acts 2:41

  • In Acts 2:42-43, we see the early New Testament church devoting themselves to:

    • The Apostles' teaching
    • The fellowship
    • The breaking of bread
    • The prayers

    And awe came upon every soul, and many signs and wonders were being done..


    Acts 2:46-47 shows the results of that devotion:
    "And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved." 
  • In Acts 2:46-3:10, Peter and John were on their way to the temple to worship and to pray. They encountered a man lame from birth, begging for money outside the temple. Peter and John took time to minister to the man's deep need and were used by God to grant him access into God's presence.


    "Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, He asked to receive alms." - Acts 3:3


    "And Peter said, 'I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up

    and walk!' " - Acts 3:6


    "And leaping up, He stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God." - Acts 3:8

  • In Acts 3:11-26, when Peter and John recognized that the people were in awe, they made sure to point to God, not themselves. They demonstrated humble confidence in God and offered to the crowd the soul refreshment only God can provide.


    "Why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made Him walk?" - 3:12


    "And His name--by faith in His name--has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given this man this perfect health in the presence of you all." - 3:16


    "Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord..." - 3:19-20

  • We see in Acts 4:7-23 Peter and John helped their new brother stand in his newly experienced freedom. They helped the no longer lame man to stand up against the enemy and grow in God at the same time. In short, Peter and John stood united with the no longer lame man. 



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core values series

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