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WORSHIP DOWN HERE AS THEY WORSHIP UP THERE
Worship is done right in heaven, and we want our worship here to mirror there. We are created with an insatiable need to worship, and when we offer ourselves fully to God, we experience our ultimate purpose in life. That’s why we choose to love God by offering our heart, mind, will emotions and bodies as vessels of worship. When we do, we experience his irresistible, manifest presence. It’s about an interaction, a relational encounter with the God who rewards those who seek him with all their heart.

WE PRAY FIRST
Prayer is not our last resort but our first response. Too often we don’t have because we don’t ask. We choose not to rely on our own understanding but to acknowledge and ask God first, knowing he promises to meet our every need and to make our path straight and successful!

WE’RE PEOPLE PEOPLE---PERIOD
The church exists for real people who are still in process: broken, hurting, imperfect, messy people. And in the mess, God does his greatest miracles. We will love and live for these people because Jesus died for these people.

FOUND PEOPLE FIND PEOPLE
When you lose something valuable, you don’t stop looking for it. People are invaluable and they matter to God. We will never stop looking for the people Jesus is looking for. We will never stop inviting and bringing the lost back home. We will never stop growing his family.

WE GIVE 5-STAR KINGDOM SERVICE
When you experience a great place, coupled with great service, you can’t stop talking about it. We believe in serving people with excellence because Jesus is excellent, and people are worth our best--and his! So we don’t just do what is expected. We go beyond. We go the extra mile. When we do, Jesus’ church becomes irresistible and rightly shines as his Dream Team in the earth!

WE PROTECT OUR OWN GARDEN
Good seed can’t grow in bad soil. Legalism, judgmentalism and division are like rocks and weeds that destroy God’s garden. But when our hearts are soft and receptive to the Holy Spirit, good fruit just grows—things like affection for others and peace. We make loyal commitments and see things through. We become gentle, kind, and compassionate. not forcing our way in life.

Our actions and attitudes bring life to people, because of the life-giving gospel that is feeding our garden.

WE HONOR UP, DOWN & ALL AROUND
Jesus’ power was limited when people limited honor. But when people honor one another & live in unity, God commands powerful blessings. We choose to speak words that bring life and build up, never tearing down. We will honor God’s leaders and God’s house so that we will have God’s honor on our house.

IT’S JESUS AND US, NOT JESUS AND ME
No one followed Jesus alone. If you joined him, you joined his team. Jesus said it’s impossible to love God without loving his people. That’s why we meet regularly in small groups to share life together—the ups and the downs—and to encourage one another to mature into healthy, free Christ-followers.

WE GIVE OUTRAGEOUSLY BECAUSE HE GAVE OUTRAGEOUSLY
God so loved us that he gave . . .  his Son. Jesus gave up everything for us. He taught us that the measure we use when giving is the measure that will be used to give back to us. We want to break the power of greed in our lives and invest generously in God’s Kingdom by giving freely from our resources—time, talent, and treasure.

WE ARE NATURALLY SUPERNATURAL
Without the Holy Spirit’s power and activity, we just have our own powerless activity. So we depend on and diligently seek the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to supernaturally minister through us in healthy, natural ways--without hype or manipulation.