Northcliffe Baptist Church
Friday, February 24, 2017

Our Core Values

Value #1 - We value the authority of the Bible. The Bible is the ultimate source of authority for everything we believe, teach, and practice. It is God’s instruction manual for life. The Bible is inspired by God and therefore is absolute truth. Although the cultural setting of the Bible may be different from ours, its timeless principles stay the same and are as relevant today as when written. Our methods may change, but the message will always be the same. (2 Timothy 3:16)

Value #2 - We value prayer in all we do. Prayer must be the power source behind everything we do. It is essential that we seek God first before doing anything else. We believe that prayer changes things; changes lives; and demonstrates our full dependency upon God. (Matthew 7:7-11)

Value #3 - We value leading people to authentic worship of God. Worship is expressing our love, honor, and praise to God for Who He is, What He has said, what He had done and what He continues to do. God, not man, is the focus and center of our worship. Celebrative and reflective worship, touches both our minds and hearts, and leads us to genuine praise, adoration, and trust in God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Singing, praying, and communicating the Word of God, are all vital parts of our worship. (Matthew 22:37)

Value #4 - We value introducing others to Jesus. God is at work in the lives of people. He wants to use us to share the Good News of Jesus with those who don’t know Him. Because spiritually lost people matter to God – they should matter to us. Therefore, we will be a church committed to seeking effective ways to share Jesus with others: personally; in our community; and around the world. (2 Corinthians 5:18-21)

Value #5 - We value spiritual growth. We believe that God loves us too much to leave us the way He found us. God’s desire, and therefore, our goal, is to develop every believer into a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ. Full devotion to Jesus Christ is the goal the Bible says we should always be striving toward. We will do our best to show people practical ways to live a life committed to Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 4:15)

Value #6 - We value life-change through small groups. The most effective way to grow together and share life together is by being a part of a small group. Authenticity, accountability, and spiritual growth happen best in a small group. (Acts 2:42-47)

Value #7 - We value marriage and the family. We promote strong marriages and healthy families. It was God who created marriage - the union between a man and a woman. A meaningful and growing relationship with God should start at home. Our desire is to supplement, reinforce, and promote those biblical values at church. Thus, we additionally understand that it is our responsibility to invest in the lives of our children and youth -- the future leaders of the church. (Ephesians 5:22-6:4)

Value #8 - We value serving God by serving others. God has shaped us to serve. When we serve, we bless others; we are blessed; and we fulfill one of God’s purposes for our life. Being a part of God’s family means we are committed to serve together. God has something for everyone to do in His family (Ephesians 2:10). Whatever way we serve God, we do it with passion and excellence because we should always give our best for God. (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

Value #9 - We value accepting people. We accept everyone wherever they are in life - just like Jesus does. Some people may seem easier to accept and love than others. But God loves everyone and wants to express His love to them through us. (Luke 5:27-31)

Value #10 - We value a “can do” attitude! Because we believe what we are doing makes a difference now and for eternity, we are a “can do” church. Our philosophy is “whatever it takes” we will do what God has called us to do!We know God has given us a future to fulfill. Therefore, with visionary faith, we are willing to step out of our comfort zones and take risks for the purpose of advancing the cause of Christ. Since we are partners with God – we dream big! We also make sure to give Him all the glory! (Philippians 4:13)