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Core Values

We submit to the Word of God.

  • Therefore we are committed to:
    • Evidencing submission to God by gladly yielding to the authority of His Word in all we believe and do.
    • Actively seeking direction from God’s Word in our decision making, never choosing contrary to it.
    • Remaining true to the teachings of the Word of God.
  • Scripture Passages:
    • “Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89).
    • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105).
    • “But the word of the LORD endures forever.” (1 Peter 1:25).
    • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16,17).

We live and walk by the Spirit.

  • Therefore, we are committed to:
    • Glorifying Christ in our attitudes and actions.
    • Exercising our spiritual gifts so we can be more effective in ministry where God has placed us.
    • Enjoying freedom from striving and self-effort in our daily life and ministry.
    • Scripture Passages:
      • “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).
      • “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. … If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:16,25).
      • “… that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4).

We depend upon God.

  • Therefore, we are committed to:
    • Trusting God to supply the personnel, direction and resources we need to do His will.
    • Glorifying God and demonstrating our dependence upon Him by making our needs known to Him through prayer.
    • Depending on God individually and corporately, not relying on the Mission in place of God.
    • Scripture Passages:
      • “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5,6).
      • “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” (Romans 4:20,21).
      • “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6).
      • “… let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

We communicate clearly.

  • Therefore, we are committed to:
    • Understanding culture and learning language.
    • Communicating the Gospel clearly to the unsaved.
    • Teaching believers the Word of God.
    • Scripture Passages
      • “For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle? …” (1 Corinthians 14:8-11).
      • “… And when they heard that he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, they kept all the more silent.” (Acts 21:37-22:2).
      • “… we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” (Acts 2:11).

We are ready to sacrifice for Christ and the church.

  • Therefore, we are committed to:
    • Carrying His Gospel to parts of the world where living and working conditions are often difficult.
    • Persevering in completing His task with joy, even in the absence of ease or comfort.
    • Demonstrating that the Lord is worthy of any sacrifice we may be called upon to make for Him.
    • Scripture Passages:
      • “I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” (Philippians 4:12).
      • “To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless.” (1 Corinthians 4:11).
      • “No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” (2 Timothy 2:4).
      • “… the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality.” (2 Corinthians 8:2).

We seek out godly relationships and rely upon each other.

  • Therefore, we are committed to:
    • Obeying God by maintaining the unity His Spirit has provided for us.
    • Glorifying Christ by demonstrating our need of one another as members of His Body.
    • Using teamwork and plurality of leadership effectively to accomplish God’s work.
    • Scripture Passages:
      • “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:1-4).
      • “that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.” (1 Corinthians 12:25).
      • “endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3).

We pursue excellence in everything we do.

  • Therefore, we are committed to:
    • Approaching and undertaking each task with resolve to give our very best effort to His glory.
    • Reflecting the faithful character of God in completing our tasks thoroughly and efficiently.
    • Increasing our effectiveness in serving God at our individual and collective tasks by encouraging training and competency.
    • Scripture Passages:
      • “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23,24).
      • “… that you may approve the things that are excellent, …” (Philippians 1:10).
      • “… as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men …” (Ephesians 6:6,7).

We remember the urgency of our task.

  • Therefore, we are committed to:
    • Redeeming the time as demonstrated by Christ and His apostles in reaching the world with the Gospel.
    • Keeping focused on the eternal value and destiny of souls.
    • Remaining mindful of the immensity of the task before us.
    • Scripture Passages:
      • “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus …” (Philippians 3:14-16).
      • “For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more …” (1 Corinthians 9:19-27).
      • “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” (John 4:35).
      • “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:4).

We are convinced God wants to use any life.

  • Therefore, we are committed to:
    • Encouraging believers that God gives each of His children the privilege of serving and glorifying Him.
    • Providing opportunity for service in Ethnos360 based on the grace of God in glorifying Himself through the lives of believers.
    • Having ministry assignments reflecting the diversity of gifts represented.
    • Scripture Passages:
      • “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. …” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31).
      • “… My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. …” (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).
      • “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13).

Our Beliefs

  • In the word-by-word inspiration, inerrancy, and final authority of the Holy Scriptures.
  • In one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • In the Lord Jesus Christ as true God and true man; His virgin birth, sinless humanity, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, present advocacy, and His bodily return.
  • In the fall of man, resulting in his complete and universal separation from God and his need of salvation.
  • That the Lord Jesus Christ shed His blood and died as a sacrifice for the sins of every person in the whole world.
  • That salvation is a free and everlasting gift of God, entirely apart from works, received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • That the Holy Spirit regenerates with divine life and personally indwells the believer upon faith in Christ for salvation.
  • In the bodily resurrection and unending life of the saved with the Lord and the bodily resurrection and unending punishment of the unsaved.
  • The church, beginning at Pentecost, is the body of Christ comprised of those who have trusted Jesus Christ as Savior.
  • It is the church’s responsibility to glorify Christ by preaching the gospel to the world and making disciples of all nations.

We Teach and Hold the Following Positions

  • The pretribulational rapture of the church and Christ’s premillennial return to the earth.
  • The historical-grammatical interpretation of the Bible.
  • That a soul once saved can never be lost.
  • The practice of believer’s baptism by immersion.
  • That we do not practice what are commonly known as the “sign gifts.”
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