THE VALUES OF THE CHURCH AT TRACE CROSSING
The foundational passage for what we value and who we desire to be as a church is found in Acts 2:42-47. Listed below are the individual values that are held by The Church at Trace Crossing. Each value is then listed with an action statement that we seek to live out in our personal life as believers and our corporate life as a church.
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
• BIBLICAL AUTHORITY (they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching...)
The Bible is the authority over our lives as individuals and over our church corporately. We must devote ourselves to studying the Word, knowing the Word, memorizing the Word, and meditating on the Word.
• AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY (and to the fellowship...)
People were made to be in relationship with God and with others. Trace Crossing desires to connect people with God and with other believers for the purpose of sharing life together. We need to be encouraged by others. We need to be challenged by others. We need to be held accountable as well. All of this takes place within the context of relationships called community.
• PASSIONATE WORSHIP (to the breaking of bread...)
The first church was Jewish in nature and the defining mark of their worship as Christians was the Lord's Supper. Christian worship was different because they celebrated Communion. We desire to be a faith family that worships with passionate definition as well. Worship ought to be a time of active participation with God's people as they express God's praise.
• CONSISTENT PRAYER (and to prayer...)
The early church prayed and so should we. Prayer is one of the hardest habits to form in the Christian life but it is one of the most essential. We desire to be a church that prays consistently and teaches our church to pray consistently.
• STEADY GROWTH (... and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.)
Steady Growth is not a numerical statement, it is a spiritual one. First, this value demonstrates that the passionate Christian life will ultimately lead others to follow him. Second, this value reinforces the idea that I am to never think "I've arrived". We are all called to grow steadily in our faith no matter our age. There is always room to grow.