Isaac’s Keep’s values shape every aspect of the life of the church.
The Church of Isaac’s Keep is a community of believers redeemed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spreading the light of the Gospel to all.
We are committed to:
- The priority of the Gospel
We are committed to filling ordinary life with gospel intentionality, pastoring one another with the gospel and sharing the gospel with unbelievers. We challenge one another to be sacrificial, servant-hearted, risk-taking and flexible because the joy of the gospel is greater than our comfort, preferences, security and traditions. We will not let Christian activity be just one part of our lives.
- Mission through community
We are committed to communicating the gospel message in the context of a gospel community. As we build relationships with people and share the gospel message, we want to introduce them to Christian community. We want people to experience church as a network of relationships rather than a meeting you attend or a place you enter.
- Sharing our lives as extended family
We are committed to sharing our lives in Christian community, caring for one another, discipling one another and resolving conflict. We make decisions with regard to the implications for the church and make significant decisions in consultation with the church. We will not let conflict continue unresolved, but will make loving restoration a priority.
- Inclusive communities
We are committed to welcoming broken people and making church accessible to unbelievers. We want to offer a sense of belonging, and be communities of grace in which people can be open and vulnerable. We will not let our welcome be dependent on adherence to any cultural norms.
- Blessing the city
We are committed to blessing our neighborhoods and cities – redressing injustice, pursuing reconciliation and welcoming the marginalized. We celebrate the diversity of cultures in our local contexts while recognizing the need for gospel renewal. We encourage one another to glorify God and serve others through the workplace, business, community projects, government and artistic endeavor. We will not make a division between spiritual and non-spiritual activities.
- Growing churches by starting churches
We are committed to starting new gospel communities. That connection can take various forms, and we want to work together as a network with generous flexibility and collaborate in a wider church planting movement to permeate our cities and the nations with communities of Gospel light.
- Everyone exercising gospel ministry
We are committed to every Christian seeing themselves as a missionary and exercising gospel ministry in every aspect of life. We shape activities around gospel opportunities, and the gifts and passions of church members. Leadership is not about control, but setting a gospel-centered vision by modeling and teaching the gospel, so creating a culture in which everyone flourishes in ministry.
Core Principles that inform our values:
BIBLICAL INCARNATION: A passion for the Word of God preached and applied under the authority of Christ. The church will grow spiritually and numerically by the proclamation of God’s Word (Acts 6:7, 12:24, 19:20).
MISSIONAL MANIFESTATION: A community of believers who seek to manifest the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the world by strengthening people in a Gospel-centered vision of God. As the sent people of God (Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 1:8) we gather to worship the God of the Bible to fuel the spreading of His kingdom where God in His sovereignty has placed us (Jude 3, Acts 13:36).
LIFE TOGETHER DISCIPLESHIP: A desire to strengthen the lives of fellow believers by teaching them to obey Jesus’ commandments (Matt. 28:19), which grows believers in holiness and prepares them for ministry. This is accomplished in the context of loving one another (John 13:34) and sharing life together (Acts 2:44-47). Focus on loving people, not programs.
PRIESTHOOD OF THE BODY: A belief that each member of the church is part of the church’s vision and mission of redemption (1 Peter 2:9), and therefore has a vital ministry within the body that must be carried out in order for the body to function properly (1 Cor. 12:12). The primary role of church leadership (pastor/elders) is to equip believers to carry out their mission of God in the world (2 Timothy 4:1-2).
SERVANT LIFESTYLE: A community of believers who will live sacrificially in order to consistently give to the kingdom of God and those in need. The body will intentionally live below their means for the purpose of spreading the Gospel. (Matt.23:11, Luke 16:13, John 3:30, Proverbs 15:33, James 4:10, 1 Peter 5:6).
KINGDOM DEVELOPMENT: A desire to participate in God’s mission to redeem the world by relating to others through art, politics, organizational structures, media, technology, etc. by means of education, discipleship, and transformation. The Body and its members seek to develop a kingdom culture that doesn’t create an insulated subculture, but redeems existing culture and all of human life, subjecting it to God’s revelation for the glory of God (The Biblical Narrative of Creation, Fall, Redemption, New Creation; John 3:16-17, Romans 8:19-21, Colossians 1:17-20, Colossians 2:20-23, 1Cor.15:25-28, Isaiah 65:17-18, Rev. 21:1-4; Rev.21:24-27)