Vision and Values

Vision

We want to see Jesus exalted, His people established, His church engaged, and this world enlightened!

  • To see Jesus Exalted – We believe that the church exists primarily to honor Jesus and lift up His name. We seek to honor Him through everything we do. We do this actively through songs of praise and worship, but also in being led by His voice and His vision for His church.
  • To see His people Established – We believe that Christians should grow in their intellectual and practical understanding of God. We seek this through prayer, in-depth Bible study, a continual reliance upon the Holy Spirit, and practical opportunities for service.
  • To see His church Engaged – We believe that as followers of Jesus it is necessary for us to engage with one another and with this world in genuine and meaningful ways. We seek this through small groups, and evangelistic outreaches that focus more on individual than institution. In our effort to be missional we strive to remain relational.
  • To see this world Enlightened – We believe that Christians individually and the Church corporately are the light of the world. We seek to let our light shine by openly declaring God’s message of hope to the hopeless, and by clearly demonstrating His heart of love through our works.

What We Value

We are…

1. Passionate about Prayer

Luke 19:46
“It is written, ‘My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.'”

When Jesus witnessed the temple of God being turned into a den of thieves, he passionately cleansed it of those people while declaring that it was meant to be a house of prayer.
The temple was a building intrinsically tied to the Jewish faith and religious system. To them is was the place where they could meet with God in prayer, and where He would meet with them. It was the Lord’s desire to speak with His people, and He chose to do so mostly through the ministry of the priests within the temple.
Today as the church we don’t have a building of such great importance. As God’s people, we are free to pray without ceasing at any time and in any place. Because of this, we ought to be even more committed to passionately seek the Lord through prayer.
It is through prayer that we express our reliance upon God, gain perspective for life, understand His heart, and draw near to Him.

2. Emphatic about Expository teaching:

2 Tim 3:16-17
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

We view the Bible as God’s infallible, inerrant, and authoritative word to us. To emphasize psychology, cultural creativity, or entertainment over God’s word is a dangerous and potentially disastrous proposition for any church, and it is something that we will not do.
Our commitment to Bible teaching is unwavering. In my view, the best way to read and teach the Bible is verse by verse. This does not mean that we are opposed to topical teaching at the times when it is necessary, only that an expositional approach to scripture will be our main focus.

3. Authentic in our Adoration:

John 4:24
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

We believe that praise and worship are expressions of appreciation and adoration to God for who He is and for what He has done. Through the prophet Isaiah God rebuked Israel for honoring Him with their lips when their hearts were far from him.
In modern times worship has become more about the worshipper than it is about God. We seek first to ensure that in our worship we are truly pleasing Him by worshipping Him according to spirit and truth.
While praise and worship encapsulate much more than singing songs, music is one of the most intimate, expressive, and inspirational ways to express our adoration and appreciation to God.
While we appreciate large polished worship teams, we also have come to value simplify. Ultimately our desire is to create an atmosphere of worship where people are in awe of Jesus rather than the musicians.
While we seek to do everything with excellency, we are also adamant that those who are leading in times of praise and worship are not performing but are actively engaged with us in praise to our heavenly king.

4. Sustained by the Spirit:

Gal 3:3
“Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?”

Often times churches begin with a heavy reliance upon the Holy Spirit merely because they have to. The pattern that is unknowingly followed is that once things become settled financially, materially, and structurally they begin to rely upon those things rather than the Spirit of God.
Our desire is to intentionally remain reliant on the Spirit of God no matter how small and disorganized, or how large and organized we may become. When we have good ideas, good direction, and good plans we will seek to ensure that we are led by the Spirit of God and not the will of man.
The early church progressed quickly not because they had the most popular programs, the most innovative and creative outreach teams, the most entertaining style of worship, or even the most dynamic and naturally gifted of preachers. These things can be helpful and good, but the early church progressed so rapidly because they spent time in study, prayer, and worship in presence of Jesus and were being continually sustained by the Holy Spirit.
As a church, we will not involve ourselves in the emotionalism that is falsely referred to as the move of the Holy Spirit, yet we do believe that the Holy Spirit is at work in this world today!
We believe that the ministry and work of the Holy Spirit through manifestations like words of prophecy, wisdom, knowledge, healing, and tongues are valid expressions of the move of the Spirit for His church today.
We will pursue love, and we will earnestly desire the gifts of the Spirit. The scripture will be our guide, and we will examine Gods word to ensure that such things are truly a work of God’s Spirit.
We will look for these gifts to bring glory to God, and edification to His church. Paul says 1 Cor 14:40 that we are to let all things be done, decently and in order and this will be an important guide for our services.

5. Focused on Fellowship

Heb 10:24-25
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

In seeking the face of the Lord through prayer, the knowledge of the Lord through His word, and the ministry of the Lord through His Spirit; we will also ensure that we are seeking Him to establish deep, meaningful, and consistent times of fellowship with each other.
Fellowship means that we will seek to establish relationships with one another based upon what we have in common as the children of God, personal interests aside. While there is diversity in the kingdom of God, diversity should never be a cause for division within His body.

6. Committed to our Commission:

Matt 28:18-20
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

One danger in many churches is the improper balance between reaching in to strengthen the body, and reaching out with the gospel to the world. It is very easy to become so consumed with one that the other is neglected.
As the body of Christ, we have been commissioned by the King of kings to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations.
We must begin here at Shoreline, and within our own community but our reaching out must not stop here!
As we seek to fulfill God’s commission for this church, we must realize that we don’t do it alone, but as a body we are meant to reach out while seeking to utilize the various and unique gifts that we have.

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