These values must be guarded. Paul tells Timothy to guard the good deposit…with the help of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 1:13,14). We look through the focus of these values to show us “how we are to build”. Whether we are building a cell group, a music group, or a new church, these core values are essential issues.
Because Jesus is “King of kings and Lord of lords,” we believe that whole-hearted submission to God’s will and His Word is the starting point of the Christian faith and the foundation of all spiritual growth.
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him.”
– Colossians 2:6
Because God’s heart is to reach the lost, we seek to build churches primarily through evangelism not transfer, through birth not adoption.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
– John 3:16
Because we are called to make disciples, our primary focus is on ministering to people, not conducting meetings, administrating programs or building buildings.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
– Matthew 28:19,20
Because we are called to raise up spiritual leaders, we prioritize leadership training and deliberately create opportunities of young potential leaders to develop their gifts.
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”
– 2 Timothy 2:2
Because the family is the foundation and validation of ministry, we refuse to sacrifice our marriages and our children on the altars of temporal success. And because we believe God has called us to be a spiritual family, we embrace community, reject the idea of disposable relationships, and choose to walk in love, respect, and unity.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain… Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.”
– Psalm 127:1,3