Core ValuesThat Define Ecclesia
Our values are built on biblical principles and the message of the Gospel. Understanding that it is the triune God who grows the Church and truly changes people, these four values help provide a distinct framework for how we live out the Gospel in our daily lives.
The family of God has spiritual and functional implications for our lives. Regardless of ethnicity, nationality, gender, or denomination, all believers are born into one family, God’s family. A result of this rebirth is that all other divisions have become powerless in the life of a believer. As a family, sharing, encouraging, fighting, reconciling, crying, laughing, and rejoicing are all common elements within our shared lives.
EVERY MEMBER FUNCTIONING
There is no divide between clergy and laity in the New Testament Church. According to scripture, all believers are members of a royal priesthood, and they have been given spiritual gifts to promote the growth and maturity of the Body of Christ. Every Member Functioning has implications for our scheduled gatherings and our every day interactions throughout the week.
This is an action-oriented process, not solely an ideal based on the dissemination of information. Disciple making is practiced best within the context of church community; in other words, saints work alongside each other to make disciples. Successfully making disciples consists of helping unbelievers come to know Jesus and of helping current believers mature with the church.
Prayer is a crucial element of our relationship with God and other believers. In modern times, prayers are often spoken alone and focused on meeting physical and material needs. However, New Testament prayers are often practiced in the context of community, and are others-focused. Additionally, they are more concerned with spiritual realities.