God’s glory is more important than our own glory. Christ is glorified in us when we find our joy in Him.
Christ is more important, more beautiful, better and more valuable than anything else.
God’s Word is a more important guide than newspapers.
The right understanding of the Bible is the foundation of authenticity. Sunday services focus on the systematic proclamation and teaching of the Word of the Bible.
People are more important than events.
Our goal is that each member of the congregation is part of a small group. In our weekly small group activities, we focus on fellowship and mutual growth based on the testimony of the Bible. These small groups enable:
A. TRUE ENCOUNTERS BETWEEN PEOPLE
People are lonely. People have a need to be seen and heard. Small groups offer social support and interaction.
B. HONESTY AND TRANSPARENCY
Honesty is liberating. Liberation always requires honesty, and the forgiveness of sins requires stepping into the light. Group safety underlines all church action.
Theology is more important than we assume.
The right understanding of God and Christ (theology) is the foundation of the true church and life. God’s good redemption-history in His own creation work and His own people, is the hope of our theology, learning, and living. The centre of this hope is Jesus Christ, His person and work. He frees sinful people to have everlasting life with Him.
Disciples are a necessary consequence of conversion.
In all our action we seek to proclaim justification solely by Christ alone, through faith, which results in Christ-likeness. We focus on mutual discipling.
Giving is more important than gathering.
Financially we want to support evangelistic work (at least 10%) and help the poor in our neighbourhood (at least 10%). We will also help new church plants in Finland (10%) and in all the nations of the earth (at least 10%), as well as support Christian education (10%).
A follower of Jesus who lives within a culture is more important than an isolated, formal and religious person.
In all our actions we challenge and encourage each other to live in an authentic, Christ-glorifying manner without isolating ourselves from our neighbourhood and the world in which we live.
Family is more important than the pub.
In our actions, we encourage a family-centred life, where the father serves by leading his family into Christ-likeness. Despite this, going to the pub is not wrong.
God must be taken more seriously and ourselves more lightly than we assume.
Spiritual health is more important than obligation.
In the fear of the Lord, we want to be more obedient to God than to people. In all our actions health – rather than duty or tradition – is the decisive factor.