SUPREMACY OF GOD. We live out corporate and private worship forms that convey the supremacy of God in all of life (Isa 45:22; Phil 3:8). We seek God as an all-satisfying end in Himself (Ps 16:11; 27:4).
PASSION FOR GOD. We seek to grow in the knowledge of God that involves both intellect and heart (Rom 10:2; 1 Pet 1:13; 2 Tim 2:7; Luke 24:32; Rom 12:11; Rev 3:16). We delight in all that God is (Ps 34:8; 37:4; 40:8; Neh 8:10). We strive to love all that God loves, pray for all God’s purposes, meditate on all God’s Word, and be sustained by all God’s grace. With great eagerness we await the Second Coming of Jesus.
SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES. We seek to develop an ever-growing frequency, depth, and power of individual, family, and corporate prayer, Bible study, and worship (1 Thess 5:17; Rom 12:12; Jas 5:16; Deut 32:46-47; Ps 119: 11; Heb 2:1; 2 Thess 2:15; Jas 1:21; 1 Tim 4:13; Ps 22:3; Eph 5:16-19).
DIVERSITY. We celebrate our diverse family of faith, honoring each person’s gifts, and valuing each person’s unique contribution to the body of Christ. Personally and corporately we strive to build a loving and understanding community (Gal 3:28; Col 3:11; Eph 2:19-22; Rev 5:9-10).
SMALL GROUPS. We encourage one another to take part in small groups so that we may fulfill the following biblical mandate: “exhort one another every day, … that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb 3:12-13). These small groups are intended to apply the Word of God to our lives (Col 3:16; Heb 2:1; 4:12; Jas 1:21), develop biblical fellowship (Jas 5:16; Gal 6:1-2), as well as create opportunities for discussion and to minister to one another in love—using the gifts that the Holy Spirit has given to each one of us (Eccl 4:9-10; Prov 27:17; 1 Cor 12:24-26; Eph 4:12-13). Small groups are also the primary way through which we deliver congregational care
EDUCATION AND EQUIPPING. We mentor and train children, youth, young adults, and adults to be the best they can be in service to God and others (2 Tim 2:2; 3:16-17; Eph 4:11-12).
COMPASSION AND HOSPITALITY. We embrace all God’s children, listen to their need and serve them in love (Luke 6:35-36; 1 John 3:17; Col 3:12-14). With an openness and outgoing spirit to each other and to all new people, we aim to put understanding above accusation, forbearance above fault-finding, and biblical unity above the demand for uniformity.
HEALTH AND SABBATH REST. We seek to encourage one another to follow the eight principles of healthy lifestyle reflected in the writings of E.G. White (proper nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, fresh air, rest, and trust in God). We cherish Sabbath rest in both physical (24-hour rest from daily labor and worldly activities) and spiritual (rest in God’s saving grace) dimensions (1 Cor 6:19-20; 1 Thess 5:23; Exod 20:8-11; Deut 5:12-15; Heb 4:9-11).
EVANGELISM. We encourage one another to engage in continuous evangelism through our natural network of relationships (2 Tim 4:2; 1 Pet 3:15). We relentlessly dream of ways to reach our urban area, and the entire world with the beautiful truth of Christ (Rom 10:14.17; Mark 13:10) and the three angels’ messages (Rev 14:6-12).
STEWARDSHIP. In gratitude for what God is and does for us, we offer our entire selves—our time, our spiritual gifts, our natural abilities, and our resources—to the service of God (Luke 9:23).