Our core values reflect the necessary foundations for developing a mature gospel worldview. This is a holistic endeavor that engages the whole person, beginning with a renewed love for God and this world.
"The reality of present-day Christendom is that most professing Christians actually know very little of the gospel, let alone understand its implications for their day-to-day lives."
- Jerry Bridges
The gospel is about the love of God coming to us in grace and truth. It is the good news of the renewal of all things through the person and work of Christ-His life, death, resurrection, and ascension. This renewal is the restoration of humanity to think, feel, relate, work, and behave as image bearers of God. As such, we have the responsibility to actively care for this world, relying on His abounding grace. Our confidence is grounded firmly upon the truth that Christ is the loving head over every power and authority, and that His grace is evident in every circumstance to those who look to Him in faith.
"The Bible seeks to catch us up in a grand narrative, a great saga of God's dealings with humanity."
- Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon
The gospel is uniquely revealed in the Bible, which is the grand narrative of God's love for His covenant people. It reveals the history of God's relationship with a community that was set apart to reflect His character and purposes in redeeming His creation. This narrative history of creation, fall, and redemption, shapes the ways in which we engage the complex issues of today's world. It communicates the comprehensive plan of salvation which goes to the heart of the individual as it moves forward toward the restoration of the entire cosmos. We believe the Bible is the authoritative and the final judge of our thoughts, attitudes, and motives.
"Inasmuch as God is love, man, made in God's image and called upon to manifest this image in what he does, can fulfill himself only by freely sharing himself with others, by giving and receiving love."
- Dr. Kenneth L. Grasso
All people were created to be in community, and without it individuals cannot fully know themselves or God. Every person is situated in multiple communities reflecting different aspects of life. It is within these various communities that the gospel is both applied and realized. The mature expression of the gospel has in view the renewal of each of these communities, whether political, familial, or academic.