CORE VALUES
SUNDAY SERVICE TIME: 10:00am .... GRACE FAMILY TIME: 9:40am

CORE VALUES

 
We Value God-Centered Theology We exist is to glorify God and continually point people to His greatness (Rom. 11:33-36, I Cor. 10:31, I Pet. 4:10-11). We are humbled by the belief that our salvation is a gift from God. (Rom. 6:23) We recognize that everything good we are or have accomplished is solely by the enabling grace of God, thus all praise and glory belongs to Him. (I Cor. 15:10, Gal. 2:20, Phil. 1:6, 2:13) The single greatest responsibility we have in life is to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength (Matt. 22:37)
 
We Value the Bible  The Bible is God's inspired Word and is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. We will not compromise our convictions nor our mission to appease those who are bound to past traditions or present trends. We believe the Bible is the primary tool God uses to teach us about Himself, give us direction in life, convict us of sin, and move us to holiness. We are devoted to the examination, meditation, and practical application of Scripture. From the pulpit there will be a steady diet of in-depth, practical Bible instruction. (Psalm 119, II Tim. 3:16-17, Acts 2:42, I Pet. 2:1-3, Matt. 4:4, James 1:19-25, II Tim. 4:2-4)
 
We Value Healthy, Loving, Relationships  The second greatest responsibility we have in life is to love our neighbor as ourselves. (Matt. 22:39, John 13:35) We will strive to see that every person in our church is treated with dignity, value, and respect. As we interact with each other, biblical guidelines for godly, positive communication, (especially Ephesians 4:29) will be followed. Believing that love involves sacrificial action, we will strive to be used by God to sacrificially minister to one another's spiritual, physical, emotional, and social needs as we see them arise. (I Cor. 13, I John 3:16-18)
 
We Value Alive, Participative Worship  Worship involves the mind, will and emotions. As we mentally reflect on the character and works of God, our hearts and souls are often moved to burst forth in singing, prayer, and praise. Our church strives to have a worship service that is God-centered, doctrinally sound, orderly, and yet allows freedom for people to actively participate as the Spirit moves them. (Psalm 150, John 4:21-24, Eph. 5:19, Rev. 5:9-14)
 
We Value Every Christian as a Minister  Believing that God has uniquely gifted each of His children to minister in the body of Christ, we are committed to helping all of the people in our church discover, develop, and deploy their spiritual gifts in some type of ministry. The specific type of ministry will depend on the specific gifts, talents, and passions of each individual. We believe every Christian is unique and is equally valuable and important in the functioning of the church. (I Cor. 12:12-26, I Peter 4:10-11, Eph. 4:16)
 
We Value Ministry to the Non-Christian World  We are committed to the great commission as spelled out in Matt.28:19-20. We equip and encourage our people to actively develop relationships with the unchurched, seeking opportunities to share the gospel of Christ. We will consider any legitimate, God-honoring method to reach people in our community for Christ. (I Cor. 9:19-23) We also believe God has called His church to be a salt-and-light witness in the community (Matt. 5:13-16) as well as demonstrate compassion to those who are legitimately needy by doing our best to meet their needs. (Matt. 25:31-46, Luke 10:25-37) To help us reach beyond our immediate community with the gospel of Christ, we value our partnership with the Rocky Mountain Baptist Conference church planting movement as well as actively support cross-cultural missionaries through our prayers, letters, and finances. (Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8)
 
We Value Strong Families We believe no church, community, or nation is stronger than the families within it. We are committed to equipping and encouraging the men in our church to be godly husbands, fathers, and sons; women to be godly wives, mothers, and daughters; and children to be godly children and siblings. We will do our best to promote families where spiritual leadership, godly values, submission, and loving discipline are practiced in a biblical manner for the glory of God. (Eph. 5:21 - 6:4, I Peter 3:1-7, Colossians 3:18-21, Prov. 31:10-31, Deut. 6:4-9, Prov. 22:6 and 15, Prov. 13:24)
 
We Value Participative Leadership and Teamwork  We will strive to have godly competent church leaders who take the initiative in leading specific ministries, give vision and direction, offer constructive feedback, and create an atmosphere of teamwork. By teamwork, we mean that all ministry members are valued, listened to, and actively involved in using their abilities to help the ministry accomplish its mission. We believe God usually accomplishes more through groups of His people working together than individuals working alone. (I Cor. 12:12-26, I Peter 5:1-4, Ecclesiastes 9:10)
 
We Value Spiritual Maturity and Multiplication  We believe that entering a relationship with Christ through repentant faith is only the beginning of a life long journey, during which we become conformed more and more to the image of Christ; therefore, we are not satisfied with just seeing people saved. We believe that one of the primary purposes of church leaders is to help new and growing Christians reach spiritual maturity in Christ. (Eph. 4:11-16, Col. 1:28-29, II Tim. 3:16-17) We are serious about this task. One characteristic of a mature disciple of Christ is multiplication, thus we will strive to give our people the knowledge, skills, and motivation they need to lead others to Christ, and then to spiritual maturity in Christ. (II Tim 2:2, Matt. 28:19-20)
 
We Value Commitment and Excellence in Ministry  Believing that God calls us to do our best in every endeavor (Ecclesiastes 9:10; Col 3:23), we will strive to pursue excellence in every facet of church ministry. This implies that no individual or ministry is perfect, thus there is always room for improvement. (I John 1:8; Phil. 3:12-13) In our pursuit of excellence, our leaders will strive to help their ministry teams continually evaluate their effectiveness and make changes to grow and improve for the glory of God. (Phil. 3:12-14) We will often use measurable standards such as job descriptions, goals, action plans, etc. in this evaluation process.
 
We Value Doctrinal Unity and Diversity  Although we desire doctrinal agreement on all theological issues, we realize that perfect unity is not possible this side of heaven. As a church family, we are in agreement on the foundational doctrines of our faith (see church Statement of Faith); however, on non-essential issues, where the Scripture is silent or is subject to interpretation, we show respect for and kindness to those with differing perspectives. (Romans 14:19) We believe loving tolerance and dialogue on non-essential issues glorifies God and stimulates the church family to think deeply and grow. (Ephesians 4:29, Philippians 2:2-4)
 
We Value Small Group Involvement — Because our Sunday worship services are too large and formal to experience the intimate, informal fellowship described in the Bible, we believe every Christian needs to be involved in some type of small group. We offer a variety of small groups and ministry teams which gather together on a regular basis for one or more of the following purposes: worship, Bible instruction, fellowship, outreach and evangelism, prayer, ministry, accountability, and mutual support. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Matthew 18:19; Acts 2:42-47)

Service Times & Location

Sunday Service Time:

10:00 am

Your invited to attend

Grace Family Time at 9:40 am

 

9210 W. 2nd Avenue

Lakewood, CO 80226


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