Our Mission and Identity
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Our Identity: We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.
Our Mission: To walk in the good works God has prepared for us.
Our Core Values
Value #1: EXPOSITORY TEACHING
We value teaching where the content is controlled by the Scripture being taught. As we are teaching children, students and adults in small group settings and in our worship gatherings, we want the teachers to apply what the passage is truly saying.
Ephesians 4:11-12 And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and
exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
Expository teaching mainly takes place in our worship gatherings and small group Bible studies on Sunday mornings and throughout the week.
Value #2: GOSPEL TOUCHPOINTS
Gospel Touchpoints are opportunities to put unchurched people in touch with the Gospel of Jesus. The Gospel is the power of God to save. Additionally, the Gospel transforms the people of God into being walking evidence of His saving work.
We want to create environments in which people who do not know Jesus can hear the Gospel and be around people who are being transformed by the Gospel. The hope is that these touchpoints will open their hearts to the truth about Jesus and to the ministry of our church.
Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
Romans 10:14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
Examples of Gospel Touchpoints mainly include Upward Basketball, SBC Easter Egg Hunt, Music and Arts Camp, Vacation Bible School, SBC Basketball Camp, Good News Club, Week of Awesome and Christmas at Seaford.
Value #3: BIBLICAL COMMUNITY
We value being intentional about living out our Christian lives with others in the church. This
doesn’t just mean that we do this with those we already know well, but that we are constantly looking for opportunities to engage with others who are not experiencing the joy of Christian friendship in the body of Christ.
While biblical community is a fruit of the church’s organized ministry, it also must be fostered
organically in the lives of the church’s members.
1 Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
Acts 2:44-47 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Examples of Biblical Community includes large group worship gatherings, small group Bible study, ministry-specific fellowship activities and organic Christian friendship.
Value #4: ACTS 1:8 MISSIONS
Our goal in missions is to join in on God’s global disciple-making plan and to bring Him glory in places and hearts where He is not known.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Examples of Acts 1:8 Missions includes our Local Missions Center and Ministry, partnering with church plants in Washington DC, supporting the International Mission Board, North American Mission Board, our career missionaries and sending teams to Uganda and El Salvador.