Core Values & Beliefs
Core Value # 1 – We are committed to being a God-centered church.
Temple exists for God. In every person and ministry, God is first, and our ultimate goal is to please and glorify God. We desire for people to experience and encounter God in our church by means of our corporate worship services, and through the godly personal lives of our members. If God is not glorified through our church, we have failed, no matter how much outward success we may enjoy.
Core Value # 2 – We are committed to exalting Jesus Christ.
In every ministry, we will endeavor to exalt Jesus Christ and His marvelous work of redemption through His death on the cross and His glorious resurrection. We desire for others to see Jesus in us, while at church and in our daily lives. Our church will not be a program driven church, but a church driven by an all-consuming passion to exalt our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Core Value # 3 – We are committed to being a Bible-based church.
Temple is all about the Bible. Every ministry of our church must be rooted in God’s Word. The Bible is inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed, and therefore, must be the final authority for everything our church believes and does. We believe that the preaching and teaching of God’s Word is the catalyst for change in people’s lives, and therefore, holds the highest priority. Also, our members should be striving to live out God’s Word, daily. Learning and living the Bible should be natural and normal to our church.
Core Value # 4 – We are committed to making prayer a central focus of our church.
In the church where God’s people have a lively prayer life together, regenerating power is present, life is there, and the lost are saved. Where prayer is not the central focus, there may be an outward shell of growth and productivity, but within it is empty, dry, and dead.
Core Value # 5 – We are committed to evangelizing the lost.
We are not a church that simply exists for ourselves. We exist for others. We look beyond the walls of our church to serve and minister to non-Christians, demonstrating to them the love of Christ. Because of this, we must seek to connect with those that live in our community. While our mission and our message never change, we will constantly re-evaluate and change our methods, in order to reach more people with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. We do not believe it is the lost’s responsibility to seek the church, but our responsibility to seek the lost.
Core Value # 6 – We are committed to equipping and growing believers in their faith.
Believers should be learning, growing, and changing as Christ lives His life through them. We believe that every Christian should be growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ. Our church assists Christians in this process by offering Bible preaching and teaching, Bible studies, discipleship growth groups, free Bible study resources from our library. We are constantly exploring new methods to better equip believers in their spiritual walk with Christ.
Core Value # 7 – We are committed to world-wide missions outreach.
The heavenly kingdom of Jesus Christ is far greater than any local church. It includes believers all over the world. Our passion is not to see how big our church can become, but rather, how much we can grow the body of Christ in this world. Therefore, we provide prayer and financial support to other co-laborers in the world, starting new churches, encouraging hurting churches, sharing what we have learned, learning from others, supporting and sending missionaries, and much more. We rejoice when others leave our church in order to go and serve Christ in other churches. We are thrilled when God allows us to have a small part in the great good He is doing through them.