Core Values
November 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

Core Values/Vision/Mission Statement/Motto


Core Values

1. Scripturally-based preaching and teaching.  We believe that scripture is our absolute truth and the standard by which we live. We believe the meaning of scripture is what the original author under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit intended to say the original audience in the original context. We must ascertain the timeless principle and apply it to our context. There can be many applications of scripture.

2. The Great Commission (including both evangelism and discipleship/spiritual growth). We believe making disciples in not just putting ourselves in a position to share the gospel, not just sharing the gospel, but baptizing and teaching others to become fully devoted followers of Jesus who (1) can reproduce themselves spiritually, (2) disciple those they win to the Lord, and (3) become more and more like Christ everyday

3. People and relationships matter

4. Kids and youth are of upmost importance

5. We should bathe everything in prayer

6. We need to be good financial stewards of God’s resources and we will not go in debt

7.  We should be the hands and feet of Jesus to our community in practical ways as we serve and build relationships with others           

Two aspirational values (things in which we must improve):

1. Developing and empowering leaders

2. Striving for excellence in everything we do

7 Heart Attitudes (How we treat each other at Grace):

1) Put the goals and interests of others above your own.“ Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4; “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 THIS MEANS GETTING OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONES ON SUNDAYS AND THROUGHOUT THE WEEK IN ORDER TO LIVE A MISSIONAL LIFE

 2) Live an honest, open life before others. “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” Ephesians 4:25; “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”1 John 1:7

 3) Give and receive Scriptural correction. “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25; “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13

4) Clear up relationships. “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24; “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13

 5) Participate in the ministry. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10; “From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16

6) Support the work financially. “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” 1 Corinthians 16:2; “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

7) Follow spiritual leadership within Scriptural limits. “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.” Hebrews 13:17; “Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’” 1 Peter 5:5-7j Note: The 7 Heart Attitudes have been adapted from the Hope Global Network

Vision

We envision a day in the year 2026 when the city of Rogue River, OR has become so transformed by the gospel (as people come to know Christ and make Him known) that it results in the following:

1) Suicides in Jackson County will drop to less than 5 per year 

2) Unemployment rate goes from more than 8% to less than 4%

3) Police see measures of crime drop by 75% in each category

4) Our public schools test scores are ranked in the top 10% in the State of Oregon

5) Businesses are seeking to relocate to the Rogue River area because it is such a wonderful place to live

6) drug addiction is virtually nonexistent in Wimer and Rogue River, OR

7) A nationwide spiritual awakening begins in Rogue River, OR and expands throughout our nation and beyond

 

Mission

To know Christ and make him known in Rogue River, OR and beyond

 

Our motto:

Zechariah 4:6C – “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”