We’ve been using G (grow), R (relate), A (adore), C (commit) and E (engage) to state our core values for several years. Recently, the elder team revisited our core values to make sure they accurately reflect who we are. We are thankful that the core values still seem to accurately communicate our heart’s desire as a church. The revised GRACE Acrostic is below:
As disciples (John 15:8), we are growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). As God conforms us to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29-30), this inward change manifests itself in visible ways (Galatians 5:22-24). We work with the assurance that God will create the fruit for His glory (Philippians 2:12-13).
As family (Romans 8:16-17), God calls us to show love to one another (1 Peter 1:22). We are devoted to one another (Hebrews 10:24-25), using our unique gifts to serve and love one another (Romans 12:3-13). We abandon our selfish ambitions and consider others, just as Christ did for us (Philippians 2:1-10). We pursue such unity because we know it is Christ’s desire for His church (John 17:20-21).
As worshippers (Revelation 15:4), our only appropriate response to God’s mercy is to offer our entire lives to Him with thankfulness (Romans 12:1). By dwelling on who God is (Psalm 86:8-10) and what Christ has done for us (1 John 4:10), we respond with gratitude both in our everyday actions and when we corporately gather (Colossians 3:15-17). We know our worship is received by God, not by our efforts, but because of the work of Christ on our behalf (Hebrews 10:19-22).
As servants (Luke 17:10), we do not have an authority of our own, but recognize Christ’s headship (Ephesians 5:23) as seen through the authority of the scriptures (1 Thessalonians 2:13). This means we submit ourselves to the Word — Old and New Testament — in our lives (2 Timothy 3:16-17), in the structure of our church (Hebrews 13:17) as well as her calling to develop leaders for the church (2 Timothy 2:2). Though we are sinful and weak, we have confidence that He will advance His church (Matthew 16:18).
As witnesses (Acts 1:8), we participate in God’s redeeming work (2 Corinthians 5:20-21) by proclaiming the gospel message that leads to salvation (Romans 10:14-15) in the context of loving actions (1 John 3:18). Together, are salt and light (Matthew 5:13-14) as well as helping establish and encourage other churches in our region and throughout the world (Matthew 28:19-20). We pursue this with joy and anticipation, knowing God’s glorious mission is the worship of every tribe, tongue, people and nation (Revelation 5:9).