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Our Values

Value 1: Enjoying the Glory of God

(Psalm 37.4; Revelation 4.11; Isaiah 66.18-19; Psalm 29.1-2; Romans 1.19-20; John 17.24)

  • To value the glory of God is to recognize the radiance of his Being, the weightiness of His perfection, and to take seriously the awesome significance of all of His attributes and works. To value the glory of God is to be passionate about learning about Him, loving Him, and loving what He loves.
  • We delight in God honoring worship & prayer (Psalm 66.1-4; Isaiah 42.8)
  • We marvel at Creation & Creative Arts as reflections of and gifts from our Creator. (Psalm 19.1)
  • We appreciate Theological Richness. (2 Peter 1.5; 2 Peter 3.18; 1 Timothy 4.16; Hebrews 6.1)
  • God's glory is our motive for Global Evangelization (Psalm 67.1-3; Matthew 28.19; Revelation 5.9)
  • In sum, We're here for the glory of God. We're not trying to make a name for ourselves; It's not about us. When we worship God, when we serve people, we want God to be the center of attention. Yet the paradox of the gospel is that when we live our lives to the glory of God, we find the joy for which we all deeply long. (1 Corinthians 10.31)
  • Value 2: Embracing the Authority of Scripture

    (Psalm 119; Psalm 19; 1 Timothy 3.16; John 1.1-5,14; John 17.17; Luke 24.27)

  • We value the Bible because it is God's Word.
  • God's Word renews our minds and hearts (Romans 12.2; 2 Corinthians 10.5; Proverbs 23.23)
  • God commands and is worthy of Heartfelt Obedience (John 14.15; 1 John 5.2; Matthew 9.13; Romans 6.16)
  • Value 3: Experiencing the Gospel

    (Romans 1.16; 1 Corinthians 2.2; 2 Corinthians 5.21; Galatians 1.6-9; 2 Peter 3.18)

  • Cruciform lives are lives shaped by the message of the Cross (Philippians 1.27; 2 Corinthians 12.9; 1 Timothy 1.15)
  • The gospel is the good news that God is redeeming a people for himself, and restoring his good creation, through

    the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The gospel is the power of God to change lives and renew cultures.

    It should motivate everything we do as a church and as Christians. It shapes the way we love, serve, give, speak,

    parent, and view others when we center our lives on the gospel.

    Ultimately, to say we value the gospel is to say we treasure Christ more than anything life can give or death can

    take away.

  • Gospel-formed Community (1 Peter 2.9-10; Rom 12; 1 Corinth 12.27; Eph 4.11-13)
  • The gospel creates a new community of people who commit to live life together as the church. Connected by a

    shared experience of grace, the gospel-formed community transcends other allegiances and destroys all barriers

    that hinder genuine relationships and spiritual growth.

    This community nurtures individuals and serves as a sign of God's coming kingdom. Under the Lordship

    of Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, the church not only loves and cares practically for each other,

    we demonstrate the reality of God’s kingdom through the life we share together.

    In short, the gospel is something that should not just be experienced individually. As we live in community we will

    experience more of God's grace and we will point to the power and the authenticity of the gospel.

  • Grace Motivates Mission (John 20.21, Genesis 12.1-3, Jeremiah 29.7; Galatians 2.10)
  • The gospel compels us to become a people for others. If we understand the gospel it makes us an outward facing

    community. The gospel enlists us to be a part of God’s mission. Just as God the Father sent his Son into the world,

    so in turn Jesus sends us out to the world to love others in tangible ways, especially through deeds of mercy; and

    to engage in cultural renewal. (Matthew 5.13-16; Jeremiah 29.7; Micah 6.8)

    Since the gospel frees from living for self to live for Christ, we therefore lay down our lives for our friends,

    our neighbors, and for the Unreached Peoples of the world. (Matthew 28.19-20; Luke 24.46-47)

    Therefore, mission is more than what we do, mission shows who we are.

    Value 4: Engaging Greater Williamsburg and William & Mary

    (Jeremiah 29.7; Acts 1.8; Micah 6.8; John 20.21)

  • Rather than withdrawing from the world around us, we love our neighbors, we love our city, and we are committed to being active participants here in the place where we live, work, play, and worship.
  • The College of William & Mary is an integal part of Greater Williamsburg, and has a long history of educating and producing future world leaders. We are committed to loving and serving the students, the faculty, and the staff on the campus.
  • Vslue 5: Extending the Kingdom of Christ

    (Matthew 28.18-20; Acts 1.8; Romans 10.14; John 20.21)

  • We are all called to Participation in Personal & Global Evangelization
  • Kingdom of Christ is not just geographical, but is also personal. Therefore we desire to see the reign of Christ have more and more influence upon our own hearts and lives.
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