We embrace ten biblical values that help define who we are at East Parkway Church.
Centrality of Christ
Jesus Christ, the Living Word, is our great living center. We do not want to be drawn off onto tangents, to allow anything, no matter how true and worthwhile, to occupy center stage except Him. We want Jesus Christ to be our sole vision and the unrivaled object of our witness.
(1 Corinthians 2:2; Galatians 6:14; Ephesians 1:22-23)
Worship in All of Life
We desire to worship and know God at all times in all aspects of life, not just on Sunday mornings. Worship involves our entire being—heart, mind, soul, and strength—as the Holy Spirit equips and empowers, so that God is glorified by our treasuring and enjoying Him in Christ.
(Psalm 16:11; 43:4; 73:25-26; Matthew 22:37)
We believe that God has revealed Himself definitively in the Bible and that only in Jesus' name is there salvation. At the same time we believe that God has extended salvation to a vast multitude of redeemed humanity, so great "that no man could count them." We are broadly evangelical, seeking to affirm and embrace the best of what the Church has believed and practiced in every place and time.
(Isaiah 45:22; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5; Revelation 7:9-10)
Paradox and Mystery
We are content with paradox and mystery—for example, the relationship of divine sovereignty and human responsibility. We appreciate Richard Baxter's wisdom: "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity."
(Deuteronomy 29:29; Job 11:7-8; Romans 11:33-35; 2 Timothy 3:15)
We believe that the gospel—the good news of God's saving activity in Jesus Christ—is the pinnacle of His redemptive acts, the center of the Bible's story, and the essential message for our faith, life, and witness. We are committed to preaching the gospel, singing the gospel, praying the gospel, and building the church upon the gospel.
(Ephesians 1:9–12; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 15:3,4; 2 Timothy 4:2; Colossians 3:16)
Praise, Prayer, and Preaching in Corporate Worship
We are deeply committed to the basics of praise, prayer, and Scripture in our gathered worship, which involves and impacts both intellect and affections. We have a great confidence in corporate prayer and preaching which is exegetical, systematic and Christ-centered. We are committed to a variety of musical expression to the glory of God.
(Psalm 150; Luke 11:9-13; James 5:13-18; Acts 2:42; 1 Timothy 4:16; 2 Timothy 4:2)
Jesus Christ reigns as head over His church, and He gives to His church elders (or pastors) to govern and lead local churches under His authority. We believe that men, qualified by both character and gifting, are to serve as elders, shepherding God’s people as under-shepherds of Christ. A church’s health is to a great degree dependent on the health of its elders, and so our aim is to strengthen the current elders in our churches while identifying and training new ones.
(Ephesians 4:11; Titus 1:5; 1 Timothy 3:1–7; 1 Peter 5:1–3; 2 Timothy 2:2)
Each Member a Minister
Though ours in an informal membership, we believe that if you belong to Christ then you are a member of His church. Thus, as a member of this congregation, each believer is equipped by the Holy Spirit to serve in some way, not just spectate. Our church doesn't exist for itself, but to declare the glory and heart of God to the world and to one another.
(1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:11-12; Romans 12:3-8)
Children and Youth
Ministry to children and youth should never only serve the children, but should serve the entire family. Children are given to parents by God, and it is the role of the church to come alongside parents to help train their children in the faith. In this way, we desire to partner with parents for the discipleship of their children.
Similarly, we desire to minister to youth of all ages as part of the larger church, valuing inter-generational interaction as a regular part of church life. Youth are not merely the church of tomorrow, but also the church of today.
(Mark 10:14; Proverbs 4:4-9; 22:6; Colossians 1:28; Ephesians 4:13-16)
We want to see the kingdom of Christ expanded locally and across the globe. We seek to encourage local and foreign missions by prayer, supporting those in the field, and sending our people on short and long-term missions.
Our commitment to the gospel entreats us treasure it personally and share it passionately. The risen Christ commissioned His church to make disciples of all nations. We believe that commission falls to us and to all believers and we are eager to pursue this mission, relying fully on the Holy Spirit, to see the gospel proclaimed in our own community and throughout the world, that God may be glorified among every tribe, language, people, and nation.
(Matthew 28:18–20; Romans 10:4-17; Revelation 7:9-12)