Last Sunday I had the joy of presenting our seven shared values with the Starting Point class. These are seven distinctives we’ve recently adopted as part of our new polity in Sovereign Grace Churches. Like our Statement of Faith, they serve to provide clarity concerning who we are. But values go beyond what we believe to describe what motivates us…what we hold dear, what’s worth contending for.
- Reformed Soteriology (God is sovereign in salvation)
- Gospel-centered doctrine and preaching
- Continuationist pneumatology (Holy Spirit’s ongoing ministry)
- Complementarian leadership in the home & church (men & women equal in worth but different in function)
- Elder governed and led churches
- National and international outreach and church planting
- Joined as family of interdependent churches united in fellowship, mission, and governance
We believe these biblical values make for healthy, enduring churches that glorify Jesus. They provide a basis for unity–a family resemblance–both within our local church and among our family of churches. And areas not addressed here or in Scripture provide opportunities for diversity where our differences strengthen our relationships and our witness to the world around us. We’re seeking to live as disciples of Christ rather than clones of one another!
Craig Cabiness, who serves as senior pastor at Grace Church in Frisco, Texas, and on the executive committee of Sovereign Grace Churches, shared a message highlighting & providing more details about our seven shared values. I’d encourage you to listen to his message here.