Our Core Values
We Pursue Truth
Throughout the Bible we see references to a learning and growth process. God expects His people to come to know Him and His Word in deeper and more intimate ways over time – this is Christian maturity and what allows us to discern between what is good, right and true, and what is not. The Apostle Paul chided the early Jewish Christians in Hebrews 5:12-6:3 for getting “stuck” in their knowledge of the Lord. He equated them to babies who could handle only milk and not meat – metaphors for simple-minded versus mature knowledge and understanding respectively. If you don’t know more about the Bible this year than you did last year then you are not growing up. We can help with that.
Knowing “stuff” is not enough. Modern Christianity is full of Believers who know facts but don’t understand Truth. They know parables, but not God’s “story”.
Pursuing knowledge is not just an academic exercise, or the accumulation of facts and data. It is not about head-knowledge, but about heart-knowledge, or a deep understanding that has the power to renovate your mind, to the end that you are transformed into a mature Christian who reflects the character of God in a hostile world.
Listen, we’re not perfect either, but will you join us as we seek God’s Truth, on the Narrow and Difficult Path that leads to Eternal Life?
We Seek to Obey
From the Creation Week up to and including today, God has given His people rules to follow and has richly rewarded those who do, and resisted those who don’t. What’s more, God has always been crystal clear in His communication and expectations, He doesn’t leave us guessing.
In the majority of the Old Testament, these rules were encompassed in the Mosaic Law given at Mount Sinai. As New Testament Christians, under the New Covenant, we have been freed from the requirements of the Mosaic Law, but that does not excuse us from obedience, and the grace of the New Covenant under Christ is no excuse for disobedience.
In Hebrews 1:1-2, the Apostle Paul said that God has continued to speak to us through His Son, Jesus the Christ. And while we ARE under God’s grace, the Bible is clear that His grace is extended only to the humble, those who claim His name, but don’t presume on His grace by continuing to live their lives in a worldly fashion.
The 10 Commandments (Exodus 20) still apply today. But while Jesus removed the requirements of the broader elements of the Law at the Cross, He had previously revised the rules we are to obey as God’s people in the Sermon on the Mount. Do you want to know what God expects you to obey in your life, right now?
Read the 10 Commandments of Christ, found in Matthew, chapters 5-7.
We Love God’s Mercy
If you can accept God’s truth that no man or woman is deserving of forgiveness and eternal life of his or her own accord,
then you can begin to appreciate the momentous value in Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross. The Father,
in His mercy, looked down upon us in our wretched and fallen state, and sent His only begotten Son to give up His life for ours.
You need to love that.
But you also need to know the Truth that just like God’s grace is only extended to the humble, God’s mercy is only extended to the obedient. The Father has little tolerance for those who claim to be Christians but can not be distinguished from Unbelievers and Disbelievers in their character, conduct, mindset and lifestyle.
Loving God’s mercy is not a warm and fuzzy FEELING about being forgiven, it is the ongoing and continuous ACTION OF OBEDIENCE the the Commandments of Christ. As you seek to know God’s Truth, learn what He has commanded and expects from His people, you grow to love His mercy by becoming more obedient, and humbling yourself under His mighty hand.
We Humble Ourselves
At least we try. And we admit this is hard.
But humility is the proper response to the guidance and prompting of the Holy Breath of God (Holy Spirit). When we make mistakes and act in disobedience, which we all do from time to time, God’s presence in our life works with our conscience to convict us, in loving correction, of our error.
The Bible tell us that “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble”. Your humility acts like a conduit for God’s grace in your life. The more you listen, and respond, to God’s Holy Breath as it convicts you, the more grace you will find and experience. The more you resist the pricking of your conscience by the prompting of God’s Holy Breath, the less grace you find. And that is a slippery slope.
The Bible tells us that the more we resist, not only do we have less grace, but our conscience becomes dull. And if this continues over time, our conscience can become seared and unresponsive. The original language literally means that our conscience is cauterized.
There is one, and only one, way into God’s grace – repent, hit your knees and beg the Father’s forgiveness.