who we are
Our first core value is pursuit of Christlikeness. We believe this is God's vision for man, to make us in the image of Christ (Gen 1:26; Romans 8:29). Thus, we measure our success not by what we are before man, but how truly Christlike we become before God.
We believe that all spiritual progress is the result of God's grace and He only gives grace to the humble. Humility enables us to hear God concerning sin and it is humility that honestly accepts where we still lack Christ's virtues. In seeking to truly become like Christ, we remember His commands, "Learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart" (Matthew 11:29).
We believe we have been placed on earth to reveal God's mercy. Thus, when we are made aware of someone caught in sin, or when we see evil prosper in our world, we believe our first response is redemptive prayer (1 John 5). We are a people committed to not use our tongues to gossip, slander or destroy, but to intercede, correct, heal restore and redeem. (Galatians 6).
We believe a time will come when, because of mature Christ-centered unity, Jesus' prayer in (John 17) will be fulfilled. Therefore, we believe it is the Father's intention,not only to fulfill Christ's prayer as He prayed in the first century, but to bring unity to the church throughout the ages so that "all who believe...may be one" (John 17:20-21). We are committed to unity with other Christians.And where we differ doctrinally with other born again Christians, we purpose to maintain the "unity of the Spirit" until we all come to the "unity of the faith" (Ephesians 4:3, 13).