Statement of Values and Mission
This Moorhead Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Christian congregation and part of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church.
We value authoritative revelation.
We accept the Bible as God's authoritative revelation, useful for doctrine and instruction (2 Tim. 3:15; Rom. 15:4; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Heb 4:12). We believe in the gifts of the Spirit, and that one of these, the gift of prophecy, was manifested in the ministry of Ellen G. White. Her writings provide for the church comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction. We believe revealed authority must guide our motives and methods. We choose to follow God's counsel, believing that conformity to worldly customs and concepts converts the church to the world—it never converts the world to Christ (1 Cor. 3:19).
We value reverence and dignity in worship.
We find worship to be a dominant theme of Scripture (Gen. 4:3-5; Psalms; Is. 6:1-8; Matt. 4:9-11; Jn. 4:21-24; Heb. 12:28, including the Three Angels Messages given just before the harvest (Rev. 14:6-13; Rev. 13). True worship has as its goal to please God (~). We worship to give, not to get, recognizing that it is God's presence and glory that consecrates and brings joy (Ex. 29:43; Ps. 16:11). We want to bring our best gifts to God, striving for excellence, order, dignity, reverence and awe in all that we do (Ex. 36:1-7; 1 Cor. 3:13; Heb. 12:28). We value worship leaders whose demeanor reflect these values. Rather than imitating uncritically the style and methods of the world, or of other churches, we want our conduct in worship to follow the guidance found in the Bible (Deut. 12:30,31; 2 Cor. 6:14-18).
We value discipleship.
Christ's Great Commission calls us to make disciples, teaching them to obey everything He has commanded us (Mt. 28:19-20). Christ invites us to a daily relationship with Him, drawing strength from Him as a branch does from the vine (John 15:5-8). Recognizing that love is the fulfillment of the law, we view obedience to God's commands as leading to a better life (Rom. 13:10; Deut. 4:8; Deut. 6:6). Although we often fall short, we believe that modeling Christ-like behavior is often more effective than a spoken sermon (Paul: 'imitate me'). Therefore, we try to recognize and address our own defects (Mt. 7:3-5). When we need to address the conduct of others (which is sometimes necessary in the church), we are committed to following Biblical guidelines (Mt. 18:15-20; 1 Cor. 5). We want to live as children of the light, not to earn God's grace, but from gratitude, to please Him, and to experience the fruits of the Spirit (Eph. 5:8-9; Gal. 5:14-26). We view the church as a bride that should make herself ready (Rev. 19:7-8). We want to keep studying and learning to discover God's will for us in all we do.
We value fellowship and outreach.
We want to provide a haven of safety and acceptance as we meet together to encourage and support each other and urge one another on toward love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24-25). We believe that nurturing families is an important and effective means of ministry (Deut. 6:7; Prov. 22:6; Rom. 12:13). We believe that all disciples will willingly be involved in making other disciples.
We value each member of the body of Christ.
Each member is part of the body of Christ. Often described as a bride, the church does not belong to the pastor or even to the members, but to Christ, the bridegroom (1 Cor. 12:27; Jn. 3:29; Col. 1:18). God has gifted each member for the common good (1 Cor. 12:7,11). We value integrity, communication, collegiality, and consultation (Mk. 10:42-45; Prov. 15:22) In selecting persons for church office we seek to apply biblical standards (1 Cor. 12:18; 1 Tim. 3:1-13). We value and respect those whose model for leadership is that of a servant (Mt. 20:25-28).
Our mission is "to model discipleship and reverent worship as we proclaim the eternal gospel of Jesus Christ to our children and community."