Because we hold the Bible as our sole authority on all issues of doctrine and practice, we look to the Bible to inform us on what is important. The opening chapters of the Book of Acts record the birth of the church. We look there to find those values that make a healthy church.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
From this text we find 5 key values:
• Biblical Proclamation [Acts 2.42]
We are committed to the proclamation and teaching of the word of God.
• Sacrificial Care [Acts 2.42]
We are committed to sacrificing our own comfort and desires that others may know Christ.
• Wholehearted Worship [Acts 2.42]
We are committed the eternal praise of the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
• Desperate Prayer [Acts 2.42]
We are committed to the realization that we are helpless apart from the power of God.
• Exponential Multiplication [Acts 2.47]
We are committed to mobilize every member of our faith family to the mission of making disciples of all nations.