The Church at Spruce Creek desires to Learn God’s Truth and Live God’s Love.
The Church at Spruce Creek will strive to be…
- A globally minded community of faith that sacrificially loves all people, especially those who are hurting and in need;
- A source of inspiration in our corporate worship of God through prayer, song, and His Word;
- A fellowship of believers that reverences God through Spirit enabled personal obedience to His Word, and through service to our families, community, and world; and
- A people that advances the message of Christ locally and around the world by sharing it with the unreached, training believers, and equipping leaders.
The Church at Spruce Creek seeks to fulfill our mission and vision by consistently promoting the following values of healthy church life:
Centrality of God’s Word
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.II Timothy 3:16-17
We are committed to a proclamation and teaching of God’s Word that is clear, theologically sound and communicated in a relevant and practical way. The end result of our proclamation should be people who are eager and able to please God by applying His Word to every area of life in ways both appropriate to the cultural context as well as biblically countercultural.
Be filled with the Spirit…be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power…
Put on the full armor of God…And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…Ephesians 5:18-21; 6:10-18
We recognize that it is only the presence and power of the Holy Spirit that enables us to live authentic, transformed lives. The prayer lives of our people are to reflect a deep dependence upon God. Experiencing God and following Him are the traits we seek in all of our ministries.
The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.Luke 19:10
We are driven to reach our neighborhood, our nation, and our world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ regardless of racial, economic, cultural, generational, or political barriers. The budgets, programs, and leaders of our church should reflect a high commitment to outreach and evangelism, both locally and globally. Biblical evangelism should result not only in numerical church growth, but in baptized, committed disciples of Jesus Christ.
Shout for joy…Worship the Lord…Enter His gates with thanksgiving…Psalm 100
Inspiring worship which glorifies God and engages the hearts, minds, and emotions of people with God must be a trait of our community worship. We are committed to meeting the worship needs of the various generations and cultures attending our church. Healthy churches are characterized by a spirit of joy and reverence expressed in worship and the regular celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
Great Commission Driven
Therefore go and make disciples…Matthew 28:19-20
Our congregation must have a clear sense of God’s mission and a compelling vision for the future that is communicated clearly and owned by the members. Commitment to this mission should guide the ministries and decisions of the church. Church structures should facilitate the biblical purposes of the church. A willingness to change and take risks is crucial to ongoing effectiveness for local church ministry.
Entrust to reliable men…II Tim. 2:2, I Tim. 3:1-13; I Pet. 5:1-11, Eph. 4:11-16
We are committed to intentional leadership development and the exercise of the leadership gifts. We desire to see trained, godly individuals who are spiritually mature lead our church. We desire to see mature leaders deployed in ministry as workers for the harvest. Healthy leadership not only promotes the spiritual growth of the members, but also develops, empowers, releases and deploys them for ministry.
…in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth…Acts 1:8, 13-28
Healthy congregations are committed to reproducing themselves. We seek to develop a vision for planting or facilitating the planting of churches in our community, region, and world. Believing that God desires His church to reflect cultural, economic, and ethnic diversity, we will be intentional in promoting church planting among all peoples.
Stewardship of Resources
Command them…not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth…but to put their hope in God…Command them to do good…and to be generous and willing to share…I Timothy 6:17-19
Healthy churches demonstrate faithful stewardship and investment of all the resources God has entrusted to them. This begins by a church meeting its own needs and overflows to advancing God’s kingdom and meeting the needs of others. Stewardship education must address the issue of time, money, skills, and possessions in a biblical, relevant, and practical way.
Entrust to reliable men…
Therefore go and make disciples…Matthew 28:19-20, II Timothy 2:2
Intentional disciple making builds processes into the fabric of every local church that promote the continual spiritual growth of all its members. Such disciple making ministries must help believers move from new life in Christ to the exercise of spiritual disciplines, service in ministry, worldview transformation, and the alignment of all personal priorities with the lordship of Christ, whatever the cost.
By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.John 13:35
Recognizing that all people are made in God’s image and are loved by Him, we must reach across cultural, social, economic, and racial lines with practical acts of love within the church and the community. We must be committed to the reconciliation of relationships among all people. Within the local church, loving relationships produce unity and accountability–including loving discipline– and are a powerful demonstration of God’s presence among His people.