We value many things beyond these six stated values; however, these six statements represent the core values of TGBC and as such define who we are as a church body. They are part of our DNA; meaning that at all times, within every group, and in all activities, and ministries, one or more of these core values are evident.
We Value God's Glory
Q. What is the chief end of man? A. The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. (WSC). So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV)
We Value Truth
We are biblically centered. We affirm the Bible is the source of our authority. We believe the Word of God in its entirety and believe its truth to be absolute (John 17:17). We believe lives are miraculously transformed through the power of the Word (John 5:24; Ephesians 1:13). God’s Word provides believers with everything they need throughout their lives (Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). We are committed to sound, orthodox preaching and teaching from the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27).
We Value Worship
We acknowledge that the worship of God is our highest calling (Matthew 22:37-38), that He alone is worthy of our worship (Revelation 4:11; 22:7-9), and that He desires true, authentic worship from us both corporately and personally (John 4:23-24; Hebrews 12:28). We understand that worship is our appropriate response to God, for who He is (Genesis 1:1; John 4:24; 1 Corinthians 8:6) and what He has done for us (John 3:16). Our devotion is reflected in a lifestyle of worship (Romans 12:1-2) that transforms us and motivates us to Christian service (Isaiah 6:1-8).
We Value Community
We recognize the local church is the body of Christ and He is the head of the body (Ephesians 1:22-23). We are multi-generational and seek ways to be intergenerational. Though diverse, we long for an authentic community where members love and care for each other (Romans 12:10), function together as one unity (1 Corinthians 12).
We Value the Kingdom
Broadly speaking, the kingdom of God is the rule of an eternal, sovereign God over all the universe. Several passages of Scripture show that God is the undeniable Monarch of all creation: “The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all”. (Psalm 103:19) And, as King Nebuchadnezzar declared, “His kingdom is an eternal kingdom”. (Daniel 4:3) Every authority that exists has been established by God. (Romans 13:1) So, in one sense, the kingdom of God incorporates everything that is.
More narrowly, the kingdom of God is a spiritual rule over the hearts and lives of those who willingly submit to God’s authority. Those who defy God’s authority and refuse to submit to Him are not part of the kingdom of God; in contrast, those who acknowledge the lordship of Christ and gladly surrender to God’s rule in their hearts are part of the kingdom of God.
We Value Family
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. (Genesis 1:26-28)
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race. (Genesis 2:21-25)
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation. (Ephesians 5:22-32)