Intimacy With God
More than anything else, our desire is to know God – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is our determined purpose (Phil. 3:10) and calling (1 Cor. 1:9). Fellowship with God is the fountain of all joy (1 Jn. 1:3-4). We believe as we make knowing God our priority, the ministry will be strong, stable and fruitful.
We choose to believe what God says in His Word. If He said it, it is so. We are not moved by what we see, hear, or feel. We are only moved by what we believe – God’s Word. We are, we have, and we can do everything God says we are, we have, and can do in Christ Jesus. (Heb. 11:1, 6)
We strive to love all without partiality. We commit to love even our enemies, do good to those who hate us, bless those who curse us, and pray for those who spitefully use us (Lk. 6:28). Love is our motive for all ministry.
The pure in heart shall see God (Mt. 5:8). We strive to have a conscience void offense toward God or people (Acts 24:16). Our aim is to have pure thoughts, motives, words and actions.
We purpose to be people of good character. Our words are faithful, true, and dependable. We say what we mean and mean what we say (2 Cor. 1:18).
The Bible is the final authority. We will be diligent to be sound in the Scripture. We will not manipulate the Scripture to fit our experiences or agendas. Truth is eternal. Therefore we will judge our beliefs, behavior, and circumstances in the light of the Word of God. (2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16-17; 4:2-3)
Sons of God are led by the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:14). We endeavor to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in all our decisions. He always knows best. His blessing is on His plans, not ours.
Fear God, Not People
We will never be afraid of the opinions of others. We choose not to be effected by people’s censor or praise. We desire to please Christ (Mt. 10:28; Gal. 1:10).
We recognize that without Christ Jesus….We are nothing. We know nothing. We have nothing. We can do nothing. Thus we hope to allow this knowledge to affect our mindset and disposition toward God and people (1 Peter 5:5).
Obeying God is not always convenient or easy. Jesus said that if one desires to follow Him, one must deny himself and take up his cross and follow (Mk. 8:34). Therefore we will make sacrifices when necessary with a positive attitude on the reward, not a negative attitude on the price.
We believe God wants us blessed in every way, so we can be generous on every occasion (2 Cor. 9:11). “God so loved the world that He gave…” Thus we will live to give and be a blessing to others. Generosity is poverty’s enemy.
The evangelization of the world is our supreme task. We will always go to the lost to announce the Gospel of Jesus Christ that they might be saved. There is a heaven to gain, and a hell to shun. We choose to live with a sense of urgency to see all people from all nations come to Christ (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Cor. 9:16).
Jesus clearly taught that miraculous signs are to accompany the believer and the preaching of the Gospel (Mk. 16: 15-20). Miracles are the norm for those who walk with God, filled with Spirit, acting on His Word. We will always contend for the Supernatural in our lives and ministry.
We choose to walk in unity with other believers in Christ even if they do not believe exactly the way we do. We choose to “major on the majors and minor on the minors.” We look for areas to agree on with all who call on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation (Eph. 4:2-3).
We believe God desires all of us to “be fruitful and multiply” in every area of life (Gen. 1:28). Therefore, we always look to sow into the lives of others (2 Tim. 2:2). We equip the saints so they can do the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11-12). We aim to see churches strengthened so that they can ultimately multiply. We see churches planting churches all around the world (Acts 10:31; 16:5).