By having clearly defined values, we make sure our vision is on the right track to accomplish our purpose.
We value the biblical priority of the local church.
We recognize that church membership is not a “consumer choice” based on personal needs, but an important commitment that reflects our obedience to Christ. While we do not exalt commitment to an organization over a personal relationship with God, we recognize that participation in the life of a local church is necessary for each believer to fulfill his/her God-given potential. Acts 2:41-42; Ephesians 4:11-13; Hebrews 10:24-25
We are ruled by grace.
We recognize that our relationship with God depends entirely on His grace. Any good thing that we have and any good work that we do, we see as an example of His grace in our lives. Since our faith is based on God’s grace, we will seek to live graciously in our relationships with others. We believe, that grace produces a deeper, more holy response than law. 2 Corinthians 9:3, 12:9; Galatians 3; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 2:11-14
We value excellence.
Excellence honors God, inspires people and gives others the right opinion of God. We believe God deserves our best effort in all we do. This includes being intentional with what we do and then being open to feedback and evaluation. We define excellence as doing the best we can with what we have. Colossians 3:17, 23-24; Malachi 1;6-14, Proverbs 27:17
We Value teamwork.
We believe that ministry is best accomplished through teams which are stuctured so that we may draw on each other’s strengths towards a common purpose. Ecclesiastes 4:12; Luke 10:1
We value unity.
The Scriptures make abundantly clear that there is no room for quarreling or gossip in the church. We believe our unity, which is nothing more than a manifestation of our love and devotion to one another, is an essential part of our witness to the greater community. We have a clear biblical plan for resolving disputes and affirm that members have a responsibility to be reconciled to one another. Matthew 5:23-25; 18:15-19; Philippians 2:1-4; Colossians 3:14,15
We value diversity.
Within our unity of purpose and bond of love, we appreciate the diversity of personality, giftedness, and cultural backgrounds that God has given to us. As we share our different backgrounds and life histories, God is able to enrich our fellowship with one another. 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:11-13
We value honest inquiry.
We believe that biblical Christianity is not a blind leap of faith. We don’t demand quick or emotional responses to the call of Christ in a person’s life. God has clearly revealed the essentials of our faith and diligent exploration of the Scriptures will lead a person to a faith that is intellectually honest, deeply satisfying, and continually growing. Jeremiah 29:13; Acts 17:11,12; Hebrews 11:6
We value relationships.
Therefore, we value people over programs, buildings and things. We endeavor to develop meaningful, caring relationships within our congregation so that we encourage one another to live Christ-like lives. Because all people matter to God we also seek to build relational bridges to the unchurched in order to touch their lives with the gospel. John 13:24-25; Galatians 6:1-5; Ephesians 4:11-13; Colossians 4:5-6; 1 John 1:3,6,7
We value generosity.
We recognize that God has richly blessed our congregation both with financial wealth and with a wealth of talent and other personal resources. We seek to live lives characterized by generosity towards one another and toward those outside the church who are less fortunate than we are. We believe that biblical stewardship is both a response of a loving heart to the grace of God and a skill which can be developed through biblical instruction. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Hebrews 13:3; James 1:27
Faith Community Church
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1306 Riedel Rd. Gambrills, MD 21054