At the center of all we do as a church, Jesus is the main focus. From every service to every outreach, to every time we serve in any way shape or form, all we do as a church body, Jesus must be the center of it and be glorified in it. Jesus is the center of the church.
Colossians 3:17, Ephesians 1:22-23
As a church we deeply value and strive to exemplify the love Jesus showed us. In everything we do, we desire it to be done in love and for love in the spirit of John 13:34. As He loved us, we love one another. Love is the commandment of the church.
John 13:34, John 15:12, 17, 17:21, Lev 19:18, Lev 19:34, Rom 12:10, 1 Cor 13:4-7, Gal 5:13-14, Eph 5:2, Col 1:4, 1 Thess 3:12, 4:9-10, 2 Thess 1:3, Heb 13:1, James 2:8, 1 Peter 1:22, 1 Peter 3:8, 1 John 4:7-11
We value the community of believers and believe that it is within community that we find both growth and discover who we are in God. In the spirit of Acts 2:42 we encourage community not just in our gatherings but outside of the four walls of the church. Community is a key component for every person to fulfill their longing for belonging and to be a part of something bigger than themselves. As a community, diverse people from varying backgrounds, demographics and racial ethnicities can gather around one uniting factor, Jesus. Community is the fabric of the church.
Acts 2:42, 1 Thess 5:14, Matthew 18:20, 1 Corinthians 1:10, 1 Corinthians 12:25-57, 1 Peter 3:8, Romans 12:9-10, Hebrews 12:14
In the spirit of Acts 2:42, the fellowship of believers and the breaking of bread with one another is of exceeding value. Before our service times we create space for fellowship and food each week as we endeavor to cultivate true bonds of unity. Beyond our services and events, we want deep and meaningful fellowship among believers in our congregation to be formed and built. It is in fellowship that we are able to deeply know, love and grow with one another. Without meaningful fellowship we are just a social gathering. Yet within hospitable fellowship one to another, we grow deeply and intimately with one another exemplifying the Gospel command to love one another as Christ has loved us. Fellowship is the glue of the church.
Acts 20:7, 1 Cor 11:20-26, 1 John 1:7
We value serving in the local church and being a part of the greater vision of the house. Each community member is challenged to be selfless in their commitment to the Gospel and to serve in some capacity in their local church. As Jesus served the 12, we to serve the body. It is each community members commitment to serving that allows for others to come and connect with the gospel message. Servant leadership is the strength of the church.
Matthew 20:25-28, Philippians 2:5-9, John 13:2-17
We value hospitable hearts that create a welcoming environment to all strangers and seekers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We embrace every soul that comes through our doors regardless of their financial status, racial background or any other distinguishing characteristic, we value them all. We desire for every person to feel at home no matter who they are or where they are at in their journey with Jesus. At City Wide, strangers are simply family you haven’t met yet. Hospitality is the hallmark of the church.
Hebrews 13:2, Judges 13:15, Matt 25:35, Acts 16:15, Romans 12:13, 1 Tim 3:2, 1 Tim 5:10, Titus 1:8, 1 Peter 4:9, Matt 22:2
We value the local church as the only thing Jesus left to meet the needs of a dying world in need of Him. We value not only our direct church community, but also all expressions of the local church that align with biblical standards and the unity of the body. The local church is the hands and feet of Jesus that will reveal the manifold wisdom of God to this world. Nothing else will take the place of the local church as the primary agent of change in the earth empowered by the Holy Spirit and releasing the Kingdom of God wherever it goes. Unity is the catalyst of the church.
Psa. 133:1 (ESVi), John 17:21, 1 Cor 12:21 (ESVi)
We value the diversity of the church believing that every race, ethnicity and people of all backgrounds add value to the community as we each unite around the message of the Gospel. Our diversity is a strength to our community as it creates an atmosphere where anyone can envision themselves being planted into for the purpose of growth in Christ. Diversity is the depth of the church.
Matthew 28:18-20, James 2:1-26, 1 Cor 12:12-30, Colossians 3:11, Revelations 7:9-10
We exist to reach people with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. The high calling of the great commission drives our passion for people. At City Wide we realize that people attending our services is the continued evidence that the Lord has entrusted us with the call to win souls. People are the passion of the church.
Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:47-48, Acts 1:8
In a culture and society that is steeped in independent spirits, the church of Jesus Christ is countercultural in that we are called into intimate interdependence within the body of Christ. As a church we place a high value on carrying one another’s burdens, standing with and for one another and supporting one another inside and outside the church. An interdependent church reflects a trinitarian God and elevates us beyond the systems and thinking of this world. Interdependence is the transcendence of the church.
Gal. 6:2, Gal. 5:13 (ESVi), 1 Th. 5:14 (ESVi), 1 Pet. 2:24 (ESVi), Eph. 4:2 (ESVi)