"The DNA of the Congregation"
1) Outward Focused - We must continue to ask and be driven by this question, “How can we reach others with the saving message of Jesus?” Driven by the needs of those outside, not the desires of those inside. Those with the food of the Gospel sharing food to the starving, not commenting, “I’m not sure I like how this meal tasted.” (1 Corinthians 9:22-23)
2) Relevant - We will seek to preach and teach timeless truths in timely ways. Our various ministries are also designed for the age in which we live not for the 1500s, 1900s, or 1960s. As Luther took the German Bible and made the prophets speak German - our goal is to take the Bible and use the language and technology of today in order to speak to the heart of people, and not over the head of people. (Acts 15:19)
3) Biblical - We feel true wisdom is beyond what our culture offers, beyond Dr. Phil, beyond any one pastor or one person. If you're on the search for what is true you have to turn to the Word of God. We believe the Bible to be inspired by God. The basis for our teaching and preaching therefore will be on God's Word as we rely on his wisdom. (2 Timothy 3:16)
4) Bringing Best - Sunday will be the best part of our week and will build us up. The best of God’s gifts on display in all elements of what we do as we gather around his Word. We reject that Jesus deserves our leftovers - as he gave his best, his life, so we give it our all and then some. (1 Samuel 7:2)
5) All Involved - We are together the universal priesthood of believers. We all have work to do as the body of Christ. Every member must be involved in this mission of the church. When one part of the body is missing, the whole body suffers. (1 Corinthians 12)
6) Inviting - We all will be actively inviting others to church in order to see the great gifts our God has for us. This is how most people connect to the amazing love of God. So who are you brining to church this Sunday? (Mark 1:16-20)
7) Grace-Centered - We are saved not because of our goodness, but because of God's grace. Grace is God's undeserved, amazing love. Grace is our major reason for joy and peace. Grace was clearly seen as Jesus gave his life for sinners, and saved his natural born enemies. Our lives of thanks and service flow out of appreciation for his grace. (Romans 1:16)