Core Value #1: Restful Work
We trust that as believers, God delights in us! Nothing we do can make us more acceptable or more loved by Him. As such, we do not work or serve in order to earn acceptance and love. Instead, we work from a position of rest, overflowing with the amazing LIFE we have received.
Core Value #2: Every Member a Minister
We believe and teach that every believer, not just hired staff, is created, saved, called, gifted, authorized, and commanded to minister. We believe God desires to express His life through each member for the benefit of the whole. In Hebrews 10:24, “Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds.” II Cor. 5:18, “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled (Exchanged) us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.”
Core Value #3: Equipping the Saints
Our worship service is primarily a time for believers to be challenged and equipped. We gather on Sunday for worship, teaching, and encouragement; we scatter Monday through Saturday to “go be the church.” We are called and equipped to release the Life of Christ 24/7 in all our interactions. We are not simply to soak up knowledge and “place it under a bowl” (Luke 8:16); we are to be a light in the world.
Core Value #4: Servant-hood Emphasis
The Bible says that serving, rather than being served, is the heart of the Christian life (Matthew 20:28). Those who come to Faith Bible Church only to be ministered to are fully loved and accepted here. However, we believe and teach that although we do not earn God’s acceptance through works, serving is a natural outpouring of the Grace we have received by faith.
Core Value #5: No Guilt
Subsequently, we don’t beg, badger, or nag people in an attempt to get them involved. We invite the participation of anyone and everyone who shares our heart for ministry. We will gladly work with anyone who wants to grow and serve, but we don’t feel responsible to try to coerce people into involvement when they are not ready for that level of commitment.
Core Value #6: Dependence on the Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit has provided our local body with all the spiritually gifted people need to do everything He wants done. Our task is to discover, train, and support these people in ministry. The clear leading of the Spirit of God (not historical precedents or a majority vote) determines what ministries we will engage in and support.
Core Value #7: Make A Difference
We believe that God has given every individual some amazing gifts. We champion the gifts, talents and abilities of every individual and challenge them to use these gifts to honor God by serving others and making a difference in our community and world. (Mark 10:45; 1 Corinthians 12, 14; Romans 12; Ephesians 4; 1 Peter 4:10)