What does SAYSF consider most important?
We have prayerfully developed the following 13 written values to more clearly define what is most important to us. These values define our purpose, guide our actions, and are at the heart of who we are. (You can read the Scripture references by placing your cursor over each link.)
We value heart-felt, meaningful expressions of God’s all-surpassing greatness. We seek every opportunity to individually and collectively glorify God (Nehemiah 8:6,
Revelation 5:11-14, Psalms 29:2).
Authority of Scripture
We value the accepted sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments and recognize them as the final authority in our personal and congregational lives. We actively seek to understand and observe biblical principles (2 Timothy 3:16).
We value loving people even when not deserved. We think more of each other than ourselves; we forgive others quickly and actively seek reconciliation (Ephesians 4:2-3,
We value listening to God and interceding for others before God. We pray individually and together, in faith believing that God hears and responds according to His will (Luke 11:1-13, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Philippians 4:6-7).
We value Jesus’ Great Commission to go and make disciples of all peoples. We actively involve ourselves in local and worldwide evangelism (Matthew 28:18-20,
1 Corinthians 1:21).
We value the Holy Spirit’s power to change lives. We submit to the Spirit to convict us of sin and move us to increased personal holiness before God (2 Corinthians 3:1-18, Romans 6:1-23).
We value healthy interpersonal relationships. We communicate openly and lovingly to one another in encouragement, accountability, burden sharing, and spiritual growth (Acts 2:46-47, Galatians 6:2).
Unity of the Body
We value our oneness as a congregation over our individual desires. We exert every effort to honor one another above ourselves and obey Christ’s command to love one another (John 13:35, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31).
We value spiritually maturing each believer. We receive biblical mentoring and mentor others (Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Timothy 2:2).
Excellence In Ministry
We value high quality in all aspects of body life. We diligently give our very best efforts in serving God and people (1 Corinthians 3:10-15).
We value celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Each week, we corporately remember Christ’s sacrifice for our sins (Acts 2:42, Acts 20:7).
We value biblical leadership. We seek to identify and equip future leaders who will develop more leaders (Titus 1:1-16).
We value being a church of small groups. We seek to regularly meet in small groups to study scripture, pray, and to encourage one another to authentically live out our faith (Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 10:24-25).