Our church family loves many things. We love to eat together, we love to sing together, we love to laugh and cry together. We love our neighborhood, we love our city, and we love our football team (Fly, Eagles, Fly!). But there are a few things that we hold as most important. These are the things that we value more than anything and we pray would be felt by anyone that comes to our church or meets someone from our church family:
We love God
Someone once asked Jesus what the most important commandment was in all the Bible. He answered, "you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." (Mark 12:30) If this is what Jesus thought was most important, then we believe our church should value loving God above all else.
In our worship services, our small groups, and in our individual lives, we strive to love God by growing in our affections for Him, our faith in Him, and our obedience to Him.
We love others
Immediately after Jesus said that loving God was the most important command in the Bible, He added, "The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Mark 12:31) We believe that loving God must result in love for others. We teach and encourage each other to love and serve our families, our church family, and the neighborhood of Frankford.
Our love for God and neighbor compels us to care for others spiritually and physically.
We love the gospel
The gospel is the good news that God the Father sent God the Son in the power of God the Holy Spirit to become human. Jesus lived the righteous life that we could not live, died a substitutionary death that we deserved to die as a punishment for our sin, and rose from the dead conquering the power of death and sin. He ascended to heaven where he intercedes for us, and will come again to make all things new.
Only through repentance of sin and faith in this gospel can people have forgiveness, redemption, reconciliation with God, be adopted into God’s family, have a new identity and life in Christ now, and have a sure hope of eternal life with God forever. (John 3:16; Eph. 2:1-11; Titus 3:3-8; 2 Cor. 5:21; Romans 3:23-26)
The Bible says that the gospel is of "first importance" (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Therefore, we value teaching and singing about the gospel whenever we get together. We remind ourselves of the gospel and it's implications for our lives as often as we can. It is the good news that we value in our hearts, proclaim to others, and return to over and over again as a church.