(What we intend to practice)
We practice knowing God the Father through the example of His Son, Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit.
- John 17:25-26 -“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them."
- Psalm 119:11 - "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."
- Matthew 12:50 - "For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."
- John 10:14-16 - "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me - just as the Father knows me and I know the Father - and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. they too will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock and one shepherd."
We practice worship that breathes! Our goal in worship is to grow in our relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
- John 4:23-24 - "Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
EXPRESSIONS IN WORSHIP WITH OUR VOICE:
Singing - Psalm 47:6; 105:2; Ephesians 5:19; Hebrews 2:12.
Shouting - Psalm 100:1; Isaiah 12:6; John 12:13; Revelation 19:1
EXPRESSIONS IN WORSHIP WITH OUR HANDS:
Clapping - Psalm 47:1; Isaiah 55:12; II Kings 11:12.
Raising Our Hands - Nehemiah 8:6; Psalm 141:2, I Timothy 2:8
EXPRESSIONS IN WORSHIP WITH OUR FEET:
Standing - I Chronicles 23:30; II Chronicles 20:9; Nehemiah 5:9; Luke 21:28.
Dancing - II Samuel 16:6; Psalm 149:3; Jeremiah 31:4; Luke 10:21.
We practice a commitment to spiritual families through small groups whereby we receive encouragement, meaningful relationships, life values transformed and spiritual gifts are exercised to build one another up.
- Philippians 2:1-4 - “If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same, love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
We practice that each member of God's family is considered a minister with spiritual gifts, a God-given motivation, and a distinct personality to contribute to the building of God's Kingdom.
- 1 Peter 4:8-11 - “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” (NIV)
We practice that every church member is to aspire to empower others towards their call in Christ. We expect our influence to impact the workplace to attract others to following Jesus.
- Ephesians 4:14-16 - “Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth. Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” (NLT)
- II Corinthians 10:18 - "For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends." (NIV)
We practice biblical government whereby the elders oversee equipping of the Body, and release of the five-fold gifting to administer God's grace. Servant leadership is essential for the greatest empowerment of others.
- Ephesians 4:11-13 - “He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ, until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.” (NLT)
We practice the sacred covenant of marriage between a man and a woman and place importance on training children to develop godly character and discover their godly calling.
- Mark 10:6-9 - “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” (NIV)
- Ephesians 6:1-4 - "Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first of the Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. And this is the promise: If you honor your father and mother, “you will live a long life, full of blessing.” And now a word to you fathers. Don’t make your children angry by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord." (NLT)
We practice mentoring and releasing the next generation to fulfill the call of God upon their life. Multiplication is a principal of the kingdom to be practiced through church planting, supporting missionaries and sending out short-term teams.
- I Timothy 4:12-13 - "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." (NIV)
We practice a biblical mindset of generosity in finances by the giving of first fruits, tithes, offerings and extravagant giving. Financial integrity is expected in personal, business and kingdom enterprises.
- Matthew 6:33 - “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (NKJV)
- 2 Corinthians 8:7 - “But just as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us — see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”
- Romans 14:12 - "So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God." (NIV)
We practice joining with other like-minded churches, ministries, and organizations that are advancing the Kingdom of God through reaching unreached peoples, sharing with the poverty stricken and being equipped by global five-fold ministers to complete the work of world evangelization.
- Judges 20:11 - " So all the men of Israel got together and united as one man against the city."
- Ezra 3:1 - "When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns, the people assembled as one man in Jerusalem."
- Deuteronomy 32:30 - "How could one man chase a thousand, or two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, unless the Lord had given them up?