Vision and Values
We are a church that exists to see people transformed into followers of Jesus for the purpose of transforming the individual, the family, the city, and the world.
The heart of our church is driven by five core values:
Scripture is the words of God, contained in the 66 books of the Old and New Testament in the Christian Bible. Being the words of God, Scripture is true, trustworthy and the center of Christian belief. It was written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit and it is dynamic, speaking freshly today as when originally inspired. In Scripture we learn the purposes of God, the story of salvation, and the full revelation of God in Jesus Christ. Scripture testifies to Jesus and was so important to Jesus that he desired it more than bread. The early church eagerly studied Scripture and considered the books of the New Testament to be scripture. Where Scripture and our lives do not meet, we readily admit the error is ours. Scripture always sheds light and is the source for Christian belief and life
Matthew 4:4, Matthew 21:42, Luke 4:21, Luke 24:27, John 5:39, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Peter 3:15-16
The gospel is simply the “good news” of Jesus Christ. Scripture tells us that we are each created in the image of God, but we have all been separated from God by sin. How? Romans 5:19 tells us that the first man, Adam, sinned against God and therefore, “For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners.” We cannot completely blame Adam though because we also have been separated from God by our own actions. Have you ever told a lie, exhibited pride and selfishness, responded to others with anger, gossiped, etc? The Scripture describes these as sin. If so, then like all the rest of us, you too are a sinner. As a result of our sin, we are separated from God with no hope of knowing God. The good news is that God in His grace sent Jesus to earth to live, die in our place, and to rise again, conquering sin and death. In short, the gospel is about Jesus. By turning away from our sin and placing our faith in the good news of Christ, God sets us free from sin and death, and miraculously makes us a “new creation,” guaranteeing us a relationship and eternal life with Him. As a response to this gracious gift of salvation, all believers are called to live lives of obedience to Christ. The gospel drives everything that we do at the Church on Seven Hills, we live it, breathe it, believe it, and share it.
John 3:16; Romans 3:20-23; 5:8; 5:19; 6:23; 8:1-3; 1 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:8-10
3. Authentic Worship
Worship is not simply a weekend practice. Worship is a lifestyle of praise before God. Scripture tells us that every action and aspect of our lives should bring glory to God. As a church that has been changed by the glorious gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, we strive to worship Him with passion and authenticity. Corporate worship services are planned with the goal of bringing honor and glory to God through Christ-centered worship, seen in preaching, prayer, singing, reading Scripture, baptism, and participation in the Lord’s Supper.
Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Hebrews 12:28-29
4. Biblical Community
The Christian faith is lived in relationship, not isolation. The Scriptures explain that Christians are members of one body, with the expectation that we contribute to the body for the glory of God and the good of His people. In fact, Jesus said the world would know His disciples by the fruit of their love for each other. As a church we covenant together to love, encourage, restore, admonish, disciple, pray for, care for, and spur one another on toward love and good deeds. We also celebrate the fact that the body of Christ is ethnically and socially diverse, and we desire to reflect that in our local church body by welcoming all people to join us in serving and worshipping Christ. Christ’s primary method of ministry and transformation was through a group of twelve disciples. We view small group ministry as a means of developing disciples of Christ in close community with one another, resulting in ministry and transformation.
John 13:34; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Galatians 6:1-2; Hebrews 10:24
5. Living on Mission
Missional living basically means to live sent. As Christians we have been sent by Jesus in the power of God’s Spirit to accomplish God’s mission. We live for the mission by living on mission. Living FOR the Mission: Jesus entrusted each of one of us as part of his church to tell people from every country, culture, and language about the gospel and teach them to follow God. So, we use our resources, skills, giftedness, time, and our lives for accomplishing this mission. We seek to leverage all we have to send people and resources to “the nations” to share about Jesus, love people, and serve the needy.
Jesus sends us into the world as his representatives. As “sent people” we go to our neighborhoods, jobs, schools, and everywhere else to love, seek justice for the poor, serve, do good, share the gospel, and help others follow Jesus. By living on mission we hope to see lives, families, communities, and our city transformed by God. Central to the church’s mission is the responsibility of every Christian to “make disciples.” Making disciples means investing our lives in others in order to help them become followers of God; followers who then teach others to follow God and so on. We have the promise of God’s Spirit to enable us to carry on this multiplying movement.
Micah 6:8; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-49; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19-20; Revelation 7:9-10