Values

Scripture-based

Everyone builds their worldview on something, some kind of creed or faith, even what we might call pure "reason." We have to assume some foundation to start a process of reasoning, such as: "I doubt, therefore I think, therefore I am" (philosophy), or "There seems to be some order and consistency in the universe, so I can reason based upon it" (science), or "I believe God exists, so I live my life this way" (religion). Christians build their worldview on the Scriptures, which we believe to be the revealed word of God.


Christ-centered

The Bible isn't one simple book. It is composed of many books and letters and poems written by many different authors over thousands of years. It is filled with narrative, genealogy, poetry, history, and parable. Even though the Scriptures are diverse, they have one key to them. God’s Spirit-inspired Scriptures find their key in Jesus Christ. That said, when we come to the Scriptures, we strive to understand them through Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and his promised coming again.


Creation-, Culture-, and Community-engaged

Being a Christian isn’t about escaping this world for another one. Our Savior Jesus Christ bids us to enter into creation, culture, and community in such a way that affirms its original goodness, its need of grace in its present brokenness, and hopes for its coming renewal when Jesus comes again. Jesus Christ died not just to renew humans but to renew all creation. Jesus Christ isn’t just Lord of the Church or our church life, but as the pastor, theologian, and prime minister of the Netherlands, Abraham Kuyper said, “…there is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’” With this view, we work to bring shalom, which is God’s peace, which is really bigger than just an absence of strife but includes also prosperity and well-being, to every part of creation we live in.