At Gracepointe Church, our core values are what enable us all to move together in the same direction. These 12 core values are deeply embedded in the hearts of Pastors Bruce and Cindy. They are most passionate about moving our church family in unity with these values. These core values influence our every activity, they target our every endeavor, and they shape every relationship.
1. We believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
He is our Lord and the absolute ruler of every aspect of our lives.
• Philippians 2:9-11
2. We believe in the Authority of God's Word.
We accept the forever settled Word of God as the sole authority for how we conduct our affairs and relationships, both inside and outside the church. Our complete confidence in God's Word releases the spirit of faith to frame our world, change our circumstances, and establish our future.
• Romans 8:8-10
• 2 Corinthians 4:13
• 2 Timothy 3:16-17
3. We believe in the Leadership of the Holy Spirit.
We believe every mature believer has the potential to be motivated by, directed by, and responsive to the Spirit of God in everything he/she does. Therefore we trust the leadership of the Holy Spirit in each member to fulfill the mandate God has given this body.
• John 16:13-14
• 1 John 2:20,27
4. We believe in the Great Love Commandment.
A genuine consuming love for God is our first priority. This love relationship with God enables us to discover who we are in Christ, thus compelling us to reach out in love toward others by laying down our lives in service.
• Mark 12:29-31
• Philippians 2:5-7
5. We believe in God's Manifest Presence and Power.
We believe that God desires to manifest His presence and power in and through the church both corporately and individually.
• 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
• Ephesians 2:20-22
• Colossians 1:27
6. We believe in the Supreme Value and Importance of Each Individual.
Because people (Christian and non-Christian alike) are eternally valuable to God, they are valuable to us as well. Everyone has been created in the likeness and image of God, making each individual the object of His affection. We acknowledge that God has elevated every individual to a position of honor through Christ Jesus. Therefore, we commit to the same standard of respect and esteem for all people. God is an equal opportunity Redeemer.
• Ephesians 2:8-10
• John 3:16 and 15:13
7. We believe in committing to A Lifestyle of Consistent Spiritual Growth with Accountability.
Every Christian should have a strong heart-felt desire for continual spiritual growth and maturity. This requires an intentional commitment. We must "want" to grow, "decide" to grow, "make every effort" to grow and "persist" in growing. Discipleship is the process of becoming like Christ. We become whatever we are committed to.
• Proverbs 27:17
• Philippians 2:12-13
• 1 Timothy 4:7-8
• Hebrews 10:24-25
• 2 Peter 3:18
8. We believe in an Authentic Loving Community.
We value healthy relationships and believe they are the key to protecting the unity of the Spirit in our church. Nothing on the earth is more valuable to God than His church. We are committed to solving every problem in a way that honors God and builds biblical character. God intends for us to experience life together.
• Psalm 133
• Romans 16:17
• 1 Corinthians 12:18-26
• 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
• Ephesians 4:3,32
9. We believe that Every Believer Is a Minister.
God has called each one of us to minister to the world and to the church. Believers will find their greatest joy and fulfillment when serving in their gifts and passions. We are committed in helping each person discover, develop, and exercise each of his/her unique gifts. Every believer is "created" for ministry (Ephesians 2:10), "gifted" for ministry (1 Corinthians 12:27), and will be "rewarded" for ministry (Colossians 3:23-24).
• Mark 10:45
• Romans 12:3-8
• 2 Timothy 1:9
• 1 Peter 2:9-10
10. We believe in being A Church without Walls.
The church is not made of brick and mortar, but of people from every walk of life, nationality, and race—young and old. We are a great people who know our God and who are equipped and passionate about reaching our world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Effective evangelism is much more than ministry, programs, or events but, rather, a heart of love and compassion for people who are lost and without hope.
• Proverbs 11:30
• Matthew 9:35-38
• Matthew 28:19-20
11. We believe in Doing Church as a Team.
This is God's design for effective ministry. Everyone must work together—there is no substitute. We are called the Body of Christ, not the collection of body parts of Christ. The more people that take ownership of the ministry, the stronger the church becomes.
• Psalm 133:1
• Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
• Ephesians 4:11-16
12. We believe in the Spirit of Excellence.
We serve an excellent God, and because we are created in His image we are an excellent people. Excellence can only truly be achieved in our actions when it first appears in the heart behind the action. Therefore, a growing spirit of excellence is our lifestyle and permeates our every activity.
• Daniel 5:12 and 6:3
• Philippians 1:9-11
• Colossians 3:17