Identifying core values can help bring clarity to things that matter most at BBF. They guide us in establishing our vision and act to influence both significant leadership decisions to include personnel and budgetary decisions as well as everyday ministry plans. The following values are not unique to us. Rather, we are happy to join those who elevate these values to a point of prominence in the local church.
- We believe lost people matter to God, and therefore, they matter to the us. (Luke 5:30-32; Luke 15; Matthew 18:14)
- We believe the pursuit of Christ’s character and advancing His cause is normal for every believer. (1 Kings 11:4; Philippians 2:1-11; 2 Corinthians 8:7).
- We believe Christ followers should manifest authenticity and seek continuous spiritual growth. (Ephesians 4:25-26, 32; Hebrews 12:1; Philippians 1:6)
- We value the spiritual practices Jesus modeled. When Jesus said, “Follow me”, he was not offering leadership toward a geographical destination. Rather, he was inviting his followers to live their lives as he led his … in prayer, servanthood, study and meditation, solitude, silence, fasting … etc. (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John).
- We believe that the Church is to be theologically and doctrinally pure while being appropriately relevant to its culture. (1 Corinthians 9:13-23)
- We believe the Church should operate as a unified community of servants, with men and women stewarding their spiritual gifts. (1 Corinthians 12 & 14; Romans 12; Ephesians 4; Psalm 133:1).
- We believe that sound teaching makes a significant contribution toward the transformation of both the individual and the Church. (Romans 12:7; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:23-25).
- We believe loving relationships should permeate every aspect of church life. (1 Corinthians 13; Nehemiah 3; Luke 10:1; John 13:34-35).
- We value inclusion, especially to include the outcast and irreligious. (John 3:16; Deuteronomy 10:18; Zechariah 7:10).