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)
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)
Value 3: Experiencing the Gospel
(Romans 1.16; 1 Corinthians 2.2; 2 Corinthians 5.21; Galatians 1.6-9; 2 Peter 3.18)
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
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.
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
Since the gospel frees from living for self to live for Christ, we therefore lay down our lives for our friends,
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)
Vslue 5: Extending the Kingdom of Christ
(Matthew 28.18-20; Acts 1.8; Romans 10.14; John 20.21)