Ten Core Values of First Baptist Church of Cape Girardeau
Value 1: We believe that lost people matter to God, and therefore, ought to matter to the church. This includes the concepts of relational evangelism and evangelism as a process (Luke 5:30-32, 15; Matt. 18:14).
Value 2: We believe that the church should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure. This includes the concept of sensitively relating the gospel to our culture through our facilities, printed and spoken word, and use of the arts (1 Cor. (:19-23).
Value 3: We believe that loving relationships are the heart of a healthy, growing church. Jesus said people would know we are his disciples by our love. This includes the concepts of love-driven ministry, ministry accomplished in teams, and relationship building (1Cor. 13; Neh. 3; Luke 10:1; John 12:34-35).
Value 4: We believe that God-empowered leadership is the catalyst for transformation in individuals’ lives and in the church. We will work to develop a clear sense of God’s calling in all our church members. We will strive to grow toward an intimate relationship with God and work to our full potential. This includes the concept of teaching for life change (Rom. 12:7; 1 Tim. 3:16-17; James 1:23-25).
Value 5: We believe that Christ-followers should manifest authenticity and yearn for continuous growth. (passionate spirituality) We value a spiritual intimacy with God that will lead to a strong conviction and faith. This includes the concepts of personal authenticity, character and wholeness (Eph. 4:25-26, 32; Heb. 12:1; Phil. 1:6).
Value 6: We believe that the pursuit of full devotion to Christ and His cause is normal for every believer. (grace-driven transformation) This includes the concepts of stewardship, servanthood, and the pursuit of Kingdom goals (1 Kings 11:4; Phil. 2:1-11; 2 Cor. 8:7).
Value 7: We believe that inspiring worship, both personal and corporate, is an encounter with the living God, and should be normative for each believer. Inspiring worship is not driven by a particular style or service, but rather the shared experience of God’s awesome presence.
Value 8: We believe that the church should operate as a unified community of servants with men and women stewarding their spiritual gifts. This includes the concepts of unity, servanthood, spiritual gifts and ministry callings (1 Cor. 12 and 14; Rom. 12; Eph. 4; Ps. 133:1).
Value 9: We believe that all we have been given belongs to God, and we need to learn how to utilize everything entrusted in our care. Stewardship is about more than money; it is a lifestyle and set of guiding principles by which to live.
Value 10: We believe that family was the primary institution created by God, and that the church ought to lift high its focus on establishing, preserving and strengthening the family unit. When families are weakened, the strength of the church is also weakened