Loving God with all of our being
We were given life and ransomed so that we can love the One who created us in return with all of our mind, soul, body, and spirit. This is the first and foremost instruction of the One who exchanged His life for ours and arose from the dead on our behalf. Love exuding from all of our being to God is the natural and supernatural expression from our lives and we will forever grow in loving Him more. (Matt. 22:37-39)
We are committed to maintaining a simple message that even a child can comprehend. We will not be detoured by pursuing the “latest and greatest” trends of Christian teachings. Jesus called his disciples to follow Him, and said that if we do, we will never walk in darkness, but have the light of life. Freedom from error comes in keeping our simple devotion to the person of Jesus paramount. We will simply keep our eyes on Jesus and pursue His presence in our lives. (John 8:12, 2 Cor. 11:3)
Loving others as much as we love ourselves
As we have been loved by God, our counter-culture mandate is to love all other people (regardless of differences, tribe, affiliation, lifestyle, friend, or enemy) with equal care and concern as we have toward ourselves. This brand of love demonstrated by Jesus is powerful, unfailing and is the greatest kind. Love never fails. Love is the substance of God and the currency of His Kingdom. When love abounds, the church is built up and people thrive. (Matt. 22:37-39, John 15:13, 1 Cor. 13:8,13, 1 John 4:7, 1 Thes. 3:12)
Esteeming the Word of God
The treasure of the scriptures, which has been carefully delivered to us through incredible effort, are the inspired words of God, penned by the hand of men and the Spirit of God. From the whole of this canon we establish doctrine, avoid sin, claim promises, refute the enemy, direct our lives, learn from the examples of those before us, are washed, have clarity of mind, understand the history of the world, formulate plans, arrive at truth, live free, judge accurately, are inspired by song and creativity, receive faith, have revelation expounded, experience the love story of our God toward us, and begin to comprehend the magnificent gospel of the Kingdom given to us. By consuming the Word of God our heart comes alive, full of joy and is delighted. (1 Tim. 3:16, Psalm 119:11, Luke 4, 1 Cor. 10:11, Rom. 10:17, John 3:16, John 15:3, Jer. 15:16)
Jesus instructed us to go into all the world and make disciples, not church goers. This is the mission to all believers and is one of the highest callings of the body of Christ. We desire to equip and empower people to love others and make disciples to Christ – believers that are connecting people to Jesus, personally training them in the ways of Jesus Christ. (Matt. 28:19-20)
In the final instructions of Jesus, He told us to “go.” As redeemed Sons and Daughters, we have now been brought into the Kingdom of the Son where we are not just free from enslavement to sin, but He has promoted us to be His Ambassadors throughout the earth, endued with His power, filled with His Holy Spirit, and instructed to love our lives not unto death. His mission of proclaiming the Kingdom of Heaven, healing the sick, raising the dead, and being light has now become our mission. The bright torch is in our hands.
“Going” can mean into another country or to our next door neighbor’s home. Missions simply mean carrying the presence and powerful gospel of the Kingdom with us wherever we go and He sends us. Therefore, we value sending and “going” of every kind.
Liberty & freedom in worship
Where the Spirit and presence of the Lord resides, there is liberty and freedom. Our emancipation from sin is worthy of lavish, heartfelt, and demonstrative worship and praise. King David’s dancing, Mary’s broken alabaster jar, and a former paralytic’s leaping joy reveal that unreserved and undignified worship touches the heart of God. (2 Cor. 3:17, James 2:12, )
We have a desire for the manifest presence of God to be a regular habitation among us. The presence of God is an encounter with the Creator, as He invades our atmosphere and environment. These encounters are a taste of heaven that He desires us to experience here as well. (Acts 3:19, Psalm 16:11, 1 Cor. 14:25, Matt. 6)