Grace Church of Orange is marked by these 8 distinctive values...
God-centered Worship: Followers of Christ must worship God in all aspects of life, surrendering their will to His as they seek to know and actively obey the revealed will of God in the written Word of God. Worship takes place in our hearts as we seek to surrender our will to God’s revealed will according to His Word. (Rom. 11:36-12:2). This happens in every area of our life, not just at church on Sunday morning (Jn. 4:23-24). But we gather to realign our hearts with His by listening to expository preaching, singing Christ-exalting music, praying, and giving to God (Heb. 10:24-25).
Christ-centered Preaching: We value the regular preaching of God’s word (2 Tim 4:2) in our worship gatherings, small groups, and homes, for the purpose of equipping (Ephesians 4:32), encouraging (Titus 2:15), and exhorting (2 Tim. 4:13) believers, and evangelizing non-believers (Acts 2:37-38). We believe preaching that exalts Christ seeks to understand and explain the original intent of each passage (2 Peter 1:21, Col. 1:28-29) and will apply Scripture to everyday life (James 1:22). We seek to handle God’s Word accurately (2 Tim. 2:15), proclaiming the gospel (1 Cor. 2:1-5) to all ages in various settings.
God-dependent Prayer: Prayer is the privilege and responsibility of believers (1 Pet. 3:12) to adore God, declare our dependence, and express our needs. God choses to use prayer as a means to bring about His sovereign purposes. Prayer doesn't change God’s mind, but is crucial in His providential plans (James 5:16-18). Prayer should include praising, confessing, thanking, and asking (Matt. 6:7-13). We pray according to God’s will, directed by His Spirit, in accordance with His Word, in an attitude of submission (1 Thess. 5:16-18). As individuals, households, and groups we want to carry on an ongoing conversation with God, praying all the time about everything (Col. 4:2), trusting God to do what only He can do. (1 Pet. 3:7; 4:7)
Gospel-changed Relationships: We want every person to be involved in a group with other Christians in order to grow together in God's word, prayer, fellowship, and outreach. We will practically live out and share the gospel at home, at church, and in the community. (Acts 2:42-47; Heb. 10:23-25; Col. 3:12-17; 1 Pet. 3:8-9)
Multi-generational Ministry: We will provide opportunities for multiple generations to worship, learn, and serve together. We want to support people of all ages in all stages of life, including: singleness, marriage, parenting, and extended family. (Deut. 6:6-9; Ps. 78:5-8; Josh. 24:15; Ps. 127:1-5; 1 Pet. 3:1-8)
Christ-honoring Service: We want to be identified by our love for each other, including tangible expressions of giving and service, without expectation of repayment or reward. We will love our neighbor as we love ourselves, and encourage every believer to serve using their gifts. (Ps. 100:2; Rom. 12:1-8; Col. 3:23-24; 1 Pet. 4:10-11)
God-confident Outreach: We want to reach others for Christ locally and globally through evangelism, discipleship, and church planting; show mercy and compassion to our neighbors; and strengthen existing ministries and establish new ones to fulfill the Great Commission. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:17-20; 1 Pet. 3:13-17)
Humble-bold Leadership: Our leadership seeks to shepherd, mentor, and care for the people God entrusts to us. Equipping the saints for works of service and being examples to the flock. We will actively engage in developing present and future leaders. (Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Pet. 5:1-11; 2 Tim. 2:1-2)