1.We value inspired Biblical teaching recognising the absolute authority of scripture.
Those that teach and preach must have the gift of teaching. Teaching takes place at many levels – from the sermons in Sunday worship services to the teaching in small group Bible studies. The goal of all teaching is to produce life change, not just intellectual knowledge.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17). See also Romans 12:7, James 1:23-25.
2. We value being open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
This implies being open to change. It implies vulnerability and a commitment to full obedience to God’s leading.
Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God (Romans 8:14). See also: Matthew 4:1-11, John 10:1-16, 2Corinthians 2:14.
3. We value corporate worship as a way of enabling our members to glorify God in all His fullness.
Corporate worship happens when God’s people meet together in large and small groups. ‘Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever’ (Shorter Westminster Catechism).
Let us not give up meeting together (Hebrews 10:25). See also:Acts 2:42-47, Colossians 3:15-17.
4. We value excellence that honours God and inspires people.
We do not expect perfection, but we do expect that people must give their best to God. Excellence inspires people to reach greater heights whilst poor quality discourages people.
Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). See also: Colossians 3:17, Malachi 1:6-14, Proverbs 27:17.
5. We value being an outward reaching Church (in both evangelism and missions), having an undiscriminating compassion for all communities and being culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure.
An inward looking “laager” mentality can only lead to stagnation. We are commanded to be salt and light in the world; we must be prepared to show compassion for those that the world, and perhaps even the Church, deem ‘untouchable’.
By “culturally relevant” we mean the way in which we present the gospel. Methods may change but not the message. We are to present the gospel in a way that can be accepted and understood by those we seek to reach. By “doctrinally pure” we mean that we are never to compromise on doctrine and beliefs (refer to our Philosophy of Ministry, Constitution and Baptist Principles).
Christ’s love compels us (2Corinthians 5:14). See also Luke 15, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8, Matt 25:31-46, Luke 5:30-32, Matthew 5:13-16, 1Timothy 4:16, Titus 1:9, 1Corinthians 9:19-23.
6. We value the family unit as crucial to a healthy society and a vibrant church.
God’s ideal for the family unit is a father and mother united in lifelong marriage and their children, but we recognise and respect the value and contribution of single people and single parent families to the life of the Church.
See Ephesians 5:22-6:4, Matthew 19:1-12, 1Corinthians 7, Isaiah 54:1-5, Acts 6:1-4, James 1:27.
7. We value children and young people as being important to God and vital to the life of the Church.
Children and young people are important both in the present and future life and ministry of the Church. Their enthusiasm is like a spear head which, together with the direction-giving and stabilising shaft of the adults, produces great results. We also recognise that if we can attract children to the Church we will also attract their parents.
“Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them” ( Matthew 19:13-15). See also 1Timothy 4:12.
8. We value responsible stewardship of spiritual gifts, talents, finances, resources and time in an attitude of servanthood expressed within a unified Church family.
By “responsible” it is implied that every Church member should be using the resources (gifts, talents, finance, time, etc.) that God has given them to build up the body of Christ and further the kingdom of God. We recognise that each person is ultimately accountable to God for their own spiritual growth and the stewardship of the gifts God has given them.
This concept of stewardship incorporates SERVANTHOOD as demonstrated by Christ’s example. In the Biblical teaching on Christ being the Head of the Body, emphasis is placed on the UNITY and INTERDEPENDANCE of the members as we SERVE one another.
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace (1Peter 4:10). See also Ephesians 4, 1 Corinthians 12 & 1 Corinthians 14, Romans 12, Matthew 25:14-30, John 13:1-17, Phillipians 2:5-8, John 17:20-23 , Ephesians 4, Psalm 133:1.
9. We value small groups as a means of caring for others, fellowship, spiritual growth and discipleship.
Every member should be involved in a small group for teaching, fellowship, mutual encouragement and prayer.
They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and to fellowship and breaking of bread and prayer (Acts 2:42-47).
10. We value the Biblical portrait of leadership as expressed in the New Testament.
Leadership includes both men and women exercising a God given gift.
They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. (Hebrews 13: 17). See also Acts 20:28-31, 1Timothy 3, Titus 1:5-16, Nehemiah 1 & Nehemiah 2.