CORE VALUES OF THE WESLEYAN CHURCH
Core Values are constant, passionate, biblical core beliefs that drive a church. They communicate what we believe is important. They help us to embrace positive change. They help to shape our church by influencing what we do and where we will go.
A Commitment to Evangelism – We believe that lost people matter to God and therefore ought to matter to each Christian and the church. (Luke 5:30-32; Luke 15; Matthew 18:12-14)
A Commitment to Discipleship – We believe that becoming a Christian is not the end but a beginning. Each Christian should manifest authenticity and yearn for continuous growth in one's relationship with Jesus Christ. (sanctification /holiness) (Hebrews 12:1; Hebrews 6:1; II Peter 1:5-6)
A Commitment to Prayer – We believe that prayer moves the hand of God and is a key
ingredient to the growth of a person and ministry. (I Chronicles 16:11; Matthew 7:7; Luke 18:1)
A Commitment to Ministry – We believe that each Christian has been given spiritual gifts and the church functions best when each person is using their gifts. (Romans 12:4-8; I Corinthians 12:12-31; Ephesians 4:11-13)
A Commitment to Fellowship – We believe that loving relationships should permeate every aspect of church life. (Acts 2:42; Philippians 1:3-5; Proverbs 27:17)
A Commitment to Family – We believe that the church should be a place where the whole family and its relationships can be strengthened and grow. (Acts 16:33-34; Ephesians 5:22-33, 6:1-4)
A Commitment to being Bible-based – We believe that the Bible and the Bible alone holds the transforming truth for mankind and is the foundation for all teaching and ministry. (II Timothy 3:16, Psalm 119:105)
A Commitment to Excellence – We believe that excellence honors God and inspires people. (Colossians 3:17, II Timothy 2:15)
A Commitment to Cultural Awareness – We believe that the church should recognize the times we live in and respond accordingly, while remaining doctrinally pure. (I Corinthians 9:19-23, I Chronicles 12:32)
A Commitment to Missions-mindedness – We believe that a Christian's responsibility to share the good news of Jesus Christ goes beyond just where a person lives. (Acts 1:8)
- Adopted September 12, 2002 by the LBA
HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN
You can be free from the guilt of your past and have an assuring hope for the future. The Bible contains some practical steps of faith.
Step One : Acknowledge your past. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). Agree with God ("confess" means to agree with) that your life of rebellion, against His will and His Word, is sin. "Repent" means to be sorry enough to quit sinning and turn to a new life.
Step Two : Invite the Lord Jesus Christ into your life. To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12). Invite Him to be the Master of your life. Just as we have a chronological birthday, we can have a spiritual birthday. We can be "born again" by trusting Christ to come into our lives. Here's a sample prayer:
Lord Jesus, I admit that I have sinned against You. I am sorry for my sin and I trust You to forgive me. Come into my life and help me to serve You all the days of my life. Amen.
Step Three : Trust God's promise of forgiveness. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Stand on the promise of the Bible. God cannot lie. If He says that your past is forgiven - IT IS!
Step Four : Openly declare your new relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Whosoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven (Matt. 10:32). Tell someone else about your decision. Ask the pastor about openly declaring your faith.
Step Five : Grow by reading God's Word. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow . . . (1 Pet. 2:2). Attend a Bible believing/teaching church (such as your local Wesleyan church). Get into a Bible study (read the Gospel of Mark and then read an additional chapter of the Bible each day.) Pray each day (in praise and thanksgiving to God, confessing personal needs and trusting God for the needs of others).
Let God work a miracle in your life! If you have just made this decision for Christ, please email us so we can pray with you and get you started in your new life