Thrive exists for anyone who is or wants to be a part of God’s family! With God's help, we want to be a spiritual family that is rooted in God’s Word and reaching our world. (John 1:12-13; Ephesians 2:19-22; Colossians 2:7)
The Bible is the inspired, unchanging, inerrant authority for every aspect of our lives. We resolutely stand upon and preach the entirety of God’s Word without compromise and teach that everyone should be a life-long student of the Bible.
(2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Isaiah 40:8; Psalm 119:160; Matthew 4:4)
Prayer is the act of communicating to God our thanks, confessing to God our failures and weaknesses, and turning to God for our needs and the needs of others. We teach that everyone should have a consistent and joyful prayer life because it's a privilege to be heard by our Creator and a blessing to see God answer prayers.
(Philippians 4:6; 1 John 1:9; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thess. 5:17; 1 John 5:14-15)
We realize that everything good comes from God, and He expects each person and family to be good stewards of the time, talents, and treasures that have been entrusted to them during their lifetimes. We practice generous giving from the best of what we have in order to acknowledge God as our true Provider, to guard our hearts from materialism, and to support the advancement of the Good News about Christ Jesus in our local church, our local community, and around the world.
(James 1:17; Luke 16:11; Proverbs 3:9-10; 1 Timothy 6:9-11; Matthew 6:19-21)
OBEDIENCE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
We cannot rely upon sheer will power to live lives that are pleasing to God. In fact, without God we can do nothing of eternal value. Only by walking in obedience to God the Holy Spirit can we be fruitful image-bearers and overcome our selfish and sinful desires. We pray to be led by the Holy Spirit in our worship, our services, our attitudes, and our actions.
(Zechariah 4:6; John 15:5; Galatians 5:16; Galatians 5:22; Romans 8:14)
BEING DISCIPLES WHO MAKE DISCIPLES...WHO CAN MAKE DISCIPLES
Discipleship is both the next step for new believers as well as the lifelong mission for all believers who desire to deepen their commitment to Christ Jesus while helping others to do the same. We each could use godly people in our lives who are allowed to teach us and hold us accountable because they know us well. We could also use godly friends at similar points in life to walk alongside us and encourage us. And we should be available to young or new believers who will allow us to pour our faith and experience into them. Genuine discipleship can happen through genuine relationships.
(Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2; Luke 9:23; Romans 14:7-8; Luke 6:40)