Our 14 Kingdom Values:
- God is Good
- Salvation Creates Joyful Identity
- Response to Grace
- Faith Overcomes the World
- Focused on His Presence
- Creating Healthy Families
- God's Word Transforms
- God's Still Speaking
- Jesus Empowers Supernatural Ministry
- His Kingdom is Advancing
- Free and Responsible
- Honor Affirms Value
- Hope in a Glorious Church
- Generous Like My Father
OUR SCHOOL CORE VALUES EXPLAINED
GOD IS GOOD
Jesus perfectly reveals the nature of God as a good Father. God is good regardless of our circumstances. God is generous, and as we remember and retell what He has done, He’s able and eager to do it again.
God describes Himself as gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. God is always good and He is good to all.
Psalm 103:8-13; 104; 119:68; Acts 14:16-17; 17:22-31; James 1:17-18; 2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 7:11; Galatians 5:22-23; Zephaniah 3:17; Exodus 34:5-7
The message, ministry and sacrifice of Jesus perfectly reveal the nature of God as a good Father.
John 1:1,18; 3:16-17; 8:1-11, 19; 14:6-7; Hebrews 1:2-3; Isaiah 9:6; Colossians 1:19; 2:9
God is a good Father and we can trust Him regardless of our circumstances.
Romans 8:28-32; James 1:12-18; Hebrews 11:6; Nahum 1:7; Matthew 10:29-31; Acts 16:23-26
The thief (Satan) comes to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus came to destroy demonic works and give us abundant life.
John 3:8; 10:10-11; Acts 10:38; 1 Peter 5:8-10; Ephesians 6:12; Mark 5:1-19
God’s goodness is extravagant. As we remember and retell what He has done through our testimonies, faith is created that He is able and eager to do it again.
Romans 10:15-17; Hebrews 13:7-8; Acts 10:34-48; Revelation 19:10; Psalm 44:1-5; 119:11; Mark 5:18-21; Deuteronomy 6:17-24; 1 Chronicles 16:23-36
SALVATION CREATES JOYFUL IDENTITY
We are new creations, not merely “sinners saved by grace” but saints who have been given His righteousness. We are adopted as royalty into God’s family.
Jesus has won absolute victory. We are forgiven and freed from the enemy’s power of sin, sickness, lies and torment. Now we live in the power of righteousness, healing, truth and joy!
Romans 6:4; 8:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20; 5:22-24; Hebrews 2:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:56-57; Revelation 1:12-18
We are adopted as royalty into God’s family and commanded to help others be reconciled with the Father and come home.
Romans 8:14-17; John 1:12; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 3:1; Luke 15:11-32
We are simultaneously joyful servants, trusted friends and beloved children of our Lord.
John 1:12; 15:12-15; Psalm 16:11; 100:2; Hebrews 1:9; 12:2; Matthew 23:11-12; 25:14-30; 25:23; Galatians 1:10; 2:19-20; 1 John 3:1; 1 Corinthians 1:30
RESPONSIVE TO GRACE
God scandalously loves His lost creation and extends grace, empowering believers to love Him and others at a higher standard than the law. Deeply experiencing God’s grace enables us to walk out of shame and into righteousness.
We joyfully experience the astounding, undeserved love of God and His ongoing power to transform us. His transforming love and power are inseparable from one another.
John 3:16-17; Ephesians 1:4-5; 2:8-10; Mark 5:1-20; Romans 5:6-11; 6:11-14; 8:2-4; Corinthians 5:14-18; Matthew 5:21-28; Acts 9:1-22; 26:1-23
Deeply experiencing grace teaches us about righteousness, which empowers us to overcome sin and failure. The Father’s love keeps us from focusing on sin or hiding in shame if we fail.
Ephesians 3:14-21; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; Titus 2:11-13; Colossians 3:1-5
God’s grace breaks the mentality that says, “I am a powerless victim of circumstances” and creates a new identity that declares, “In Christ, I am a victorious overcomer, no matter the situation.”
John 16:33; 1 John 4:4; Romans 8:31-32, 35-39; 1 Corinthians 15:57; 2 Corinthians 2:14; Deuteronomy 28:13; Jeremiah 29:1
FOCUSED ON HIS PRESENCE
Our first ministry is to God. As a lifestyle, we focus on Him while we minister and attempt to say what God is saying and do what He is doing.
As we behold the Lord, we are moved to worship with joyous passion.
Psalm 1:1–3; 22:3; 23:6; 26:8; 27:4; John 4:23; Luke 10:39–42; James 4:8
God delights in us and has always desired to be with us. We focus on His presence because we have discovered that He is focused on us.
Ephesians 1:4–5; Zephaniah 3:17; Jeremiah 31:3; Psalm 65:4; 1 John 3:1; 4:19; Revelation 3:20
Purposefully cultivating a hunger for God’s manifest presence and an openness to experiencing the Holy Spirit deepens our friendship with God. It brings an awareness that we carry His presence for the sake of the world.
Psalm 73:28; 107:9; John 1:16; 5:19–20, 30, 12:49–50; 14:10; Matthew 5:6; Isaiah 55:1–2; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 John 4:16–17
CREATING HEALTHY FAMILY
We are adopted into God’s family, so we intentionally create family and community wherever we go. We think like healthy family members by doing what’s best for the whole environment, submitting to one another and living selflessly.
In covenant relationships, we purposely grow our capacity to trust and be trusted as we empower and confront one another in order to live out who we truly are.
Matthew 18:15; Luke 17:3-4; Ephesians 4:15-16; 1 Corinthians 4:14-21; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; 1 Samuel 20; Ruth 1:16-17
We are loyal, which is demonstrated most radically when people fail. We do not punish and abandon those who fail to save face or show we hate sin, but instead we are committed to helping them be restored.
Galatians 6:1; Matthew 18:15; John 8:1-11; 21; Psalm 141:5; Philippians 2:3; Romans 12:9-21; Ephesians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 13
GOD'S WORD TRANSFORMS
When we encounter God in His Word, faith is released into our lives. As we study Scripture, it empowers us to learn who God is, who we are and how He wants us to live.
The goal of Scripture is to bring us into a relationship with the Author Himself and transform us into His likeness.
John 5:39-40; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Matthew 4:4; 2 Corinthians 3:15-18; James 1:22-25; Ephesians 5:25-27; Psalm 119:11, 105; Luke 24:13-35
The primary lens through which we interpret the Bible is the Person, life and redemptive work of Jesus. He is the most complete revelation of who God is and what God cares about.
John 1:14; 5:37-47; 14:9-11; Luke 24:25-32; Colossians 1:15-20; 2:9; Hebrews 1:1-3; 2 Peter 1:16-21
The Bible is the source of infallible truth and authority by which we judge all insight and prophetic revelation.
2 Timothy 3:15-17; Matthew 4:1-11; 22:29; John 8:31-32; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Proverbs 30:5-6; Psalm 119:160
GOD IS STILL SPEAKING
Jesus said that His sheep would know His voice and that the Holy Spirit would teach us all things. It’s natural for God to communicate with His family.
Again, God wants to communicate with His children. But we must actively listen for His voice and experience the variety of ways that He communicates.
John 10:26-28; 16:13; Matthew 4:4; Isaiah 50:4-5; 1 John Acts 2:17; Numbers 11:29; 1 Kings 19: 9-13
Scripture calls us to earnestly desire the gift of prophecy, which is to speak on God’s behalf to strengthen, encourage and comfort people. We desire to say what the Father is saying to help people grow in their identity and discover their God-given purpose and value.
1 Corinthians 14:1-4; 14:24-25; John 12:49; 1 Timothy 4:14-16; Acts 2:17; Acts 13:1-3
Prophecy is not one-way communication. It involves two people hearing from God: the one who gives the prophetic word and the one who receives it. With the Holy Spirit, Scripture and our community, we judge the spirit and accuracy of the words we give and receive. We hold on to what is good; we let go of what is not.
1 Thessalonians 5:19-22; 1 Corinthians 14:29; Luke 9:55; Acts 21:8-14; 27:10, 22-24
The Bible is the ultimate, authoritative revelation unlike any other. Nothing will be added to it. Therefore, prophecy should never contradict properly interpreted Scripture.
Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15; Matthew 7:15-20; John 8:31-32; 2 Peter 1:16-21
JESUS EMPOWERS SUPERNATURAL MINISTRY
Jesus promised signs would follow believers and that they would do even greater works than He. Nothing is impossible with God, so no person or situation is beyond His ability to bring complete restoration.
New Testament believers are called to do the works and the greater works of Jesus. This should continue throughout the entire church age.
John 14:12-14; Acts 2:17-18; 5:12-16; Luke 9:1-2; Mark 16:15-18
We owe the world an opportunity to experience the power of God and an invitation to salvation because Jesus sent us into the world, just as the Father sent Him, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
John 17:18; 20:21-23; 1 Corinthians 2:4-5; 1 Thessalonians 1:5; Matthew 5:14-16; 28:18-19; Luke 10:1-9
Nothing is impossible with God. Therefore, no person or situation is beyond His ability to bring complete restoration.Matthew 17:20; Mark 10:25-27; John 15:7; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Psalms 103:1-7; Luke 1:34-37
We believe all can be healed because Jesus demonstrated the Father’s will in healing all the sick and demonized He encountered.
Matthew 4:23; 9:27-38; 12:15; 14:14; 14:24-33; Luke 9:11; Acts 3:1-10; 10:38; Psalm 103:3-4; James 2:14-18; Mark 10:46-52
HIS KINGDOM IS ADVANCING
Every believer is in full-time ministry because God is advancing His kingdom, not just building His church. Our work and effort, whether big or small, inside or outside the church, is sacred and valuable to God.
God is big and victorious. The devil is small and defeated. We are in a battle, but the outcome is not in doubt!
1 John 2:13; 3:8; 4:4; 5:4-5; Colossians 2:13-15; Romans 8:31-39; John 12:31; 16:33; Acts 4:23-31; Hebrews 2:14-15; Mark 5:1-13
We believe and live the prayer, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Therefore, we partner with the King in natural and supernatural ways to establish mercy, justice and righteousness until He comes.
Matthew 6:9-10; 10:7-8; 10:42; 12:22-29; 25:40; Isaiah 9:7; 33:5-6; Micah 6:8; John 14:12; James 1:27
Although we will experience resistance and conflict as the kingdom advances, we expect the culture to be changed as people come to salvation and take their places in God’s purpose for the world.
John 15:19-21;16:33; Colossians 1:13-14; 2 Corinthians 4:8-11; 2 Corinthians 12:10; Nehemiah 2:1-10; Matthew 5:13-16; Acts 19:11-41
FREE AND RESPONSIBLE
Christ died to set us free from the law of sin, death, fear and shame. Freedom is very personal, but not self-centered. We have been given freedom to serve one another in love.
Christ set us free so we may present ourselves to the Lord as a willing sacrifice, surrendered and ready to serve. We are to live and love as God’s glorious children.
Romans 6:4, 14-22; 8:1-2, 15-21; 12:1-2; 14:7-9; 15:1-7; Galatians 5:1, 13-14; 2 Corinthians 3:17; 1 John 4:17-18; Luke 19:1-10; Matthew 4:1-11
Freedom and responsibility are inseparable. We experience true freedom as we cooperate with the Holy Spirit to produce the fruit of self-control and use our freedom to bless others.
1 Corinthians 8:9-13; 9:19; 2 Peter 1:5-9; 1; 1 Peter 1:13-16; John 13:12-17
We are responsible for partnering with the Holy Spirit to continually develop the foundation of our character so that our character can support our growing influence and anointing.
2 Peter 1:5-9; Titus 2:11-12; Ephesians 4:1; Colossians 1:10; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; Luke 9:54-56
HONOR AFFIRMS VALUE
Honor recognizes and affirms how valuable and powerful other people are because they are made in God’s image.We are made in God’s image. He died to restore us to a right relationship with Him, therefore we are all significant.
Genesis 1:26-28; Ephesians 4:23-24; Psalm 139:13-16; Romans 12:10; 1 Corinthians 12:14-26; 1 Peter 2:17; Matthew 26:6-13
Honor recognizes and celebrates the best in people, in spite of our differences. We respond to people based on their God-given identity and the honor in our hearts, not their behavior or self-definition.
1 Corinthians 12:14-26; 2 Corinthians 5:16-17; James 2:1-5; Philippians 2:3; 1 Samuel 24:1-10
Honor is demonstrated through consistent respect in word and action toward those we lead, follow, love and disagree with. While honor avoids controlling others, it also lovingly confronts, limits and disciplines when necessary.
1 Corinthians 13:1-7; Leviticus 19:15-18; Galatians 6:1-2; Ephesians 4:14-15; Romans 2:4; Matthew 18:15; Hebrews 12:11-14; 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The level of honor we have for a person directly affects our ability to receive from them.
Matthew 10:40-42; Philippians 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 4:14-20; 2 Kings 4:8-37
GENEROUS LIKE MY FATHER
God is extravagantly generous and our generosity is a response and reflection of Him. He is a good Father who gives good gifts to His children. God has blessed us in every way so that we can be generous in every way to advance the gospel. Our generosity is a response to, and reflection of, Him.
The thread of God’s generosity weaves through His creation, covenants, Israel’s economics, the gospel and the kingdom as He consistently models that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Psalms 65:9-13; Deuteronomy 7:9; 28:1-14; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:3, 7-8; James 1:5; Acts 20:35; Mark 12:41-43
God has blessed us in every way so that we can be generous in every way to advance the gospel. Joyfully giving our time, affection, talents and money attracts God’s attention, draws heaven’s blessings, produces transformation and enables Him to trust us with the true riches of the kingdom.
2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Acts 2:43-47; 4:32-37; 10:3-6; Malachi 3:10-12; Deuteronomy 8:18; Matthew 10:7-8; Luke 16:10-13
Generosity confronts our poverty mentality, changing the way we interact with the world. No longer anxious because we mistakenly believe provision is scarce, we are confident that God multiplies resources and is eager to rescue and prosper people.
2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Philippians 4:19; Ephesians 3:20-21; 1 King 17:10-16; 2 Kings 4:1-7; 3 John 2; Matthew 6:25-34; 14:13-21; Jeremiah 29:11; Deuteronomy 28:11-13; Exodus 3:8
Generosity releases joy, blessing and favor into our lives. As we give, it will be given to us good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over!
Luke 6:38; 18:29-30; 19:1-10; Isaiah 58:6-12; Proverbs 11:25; Acts 2:43-47; Philippians 4:17-19; 1 Timothy 6:17-19
HOPE IN A GLORIOUS CHURCH
We believe the church will successfully fulfill Christ’s Great Commission to make disciples of all nations, which means the nations will be transformed.
We work to leave a legacy and an inheritance for future generations, just as previous generations have done for us. While anticipating Christ’s glorious return, we simply do not know when He will come. This should inspire us to have a long-term earthly vision.
Proverbs 13:22; Acts 2:39; 2 Timothy 2:1-2; Titus 2:11-14; James 5:7-8; Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 25:1-29; Hebrews 11:4-30
We are not looking to escape the world but to see Christ’s victory manifested in individuals and nations, even in the face of resistance and conflict.
John 16:33; 17:15-18; Luke 10:2-3; Matthew 28:18-19; Hebrews 12:1-3; Revelation 11:15; Acts 13:13-52
The church is called to overcome in all circumstances: in times of suffering and persecution, but also in times of prosperity and great influence.
John 16:33; Revelation 3:5; 3:21; Philippians 4:11-13; Isaiah 41:10; 1 John 4:4; 5:4; Romans 8:37-39; 1 Chronicles 28:6-10; 1 Kings 5:3-5; Acts 4:13-37
FAITH OVERCOMES THE WORLD
Faith in God and in His Word is the victory that causes us a believers to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil. That is why it is called “the Christian faith.” We take God at His Word.
Without faith it is impossible to please God. We must believe that God exists and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. When the Son of Man returns we want Him to find faith in the earth.
Hebrews 11:1, 6; Romans 4:16-21; Acts 6:5, 8; Matthew 8:10; 15:28; Luke 18:8
Every believer has a measure of the God kind of faith. It is given to us at the time of the new birth. It is our responsibility to grow in faith and to develop our life of faith.
Romans 12:3; Ephesians 2:8; Galatians 3:2; James 2:17; 2 Corinthians 5:7
Bible faith comes by hearing the Word of God and it is released by faith-filled words and actions. Faith is to be our way of life because the just live by faith.
Romans 10:8-10, 17; Mark 11:22-26; 1 John 5:1, 4 & 5; Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; Acts 14:7-10
We are not only to use our faith for our own particular needs and desires. We are also to reach out beyond ourselves and release our faith to see other people saved, filled with the Holy Spirit, healed, delivered, etc.
Matthew 9:29; Ephesians 6:16; James 5:15; 1 Peter 1:9; 5:9; Romans 15:1