OVCF has 5 Core Values we believe strongly in and desire to consistently practice
JESUS-CENTERED. Colossians 1:15-20 speaks about the pre-eminence of Christ. The church exists to bring honor and glory to God. OVCF desires to do just that in all things: preaching, teaching, worship, serving, and living. If Jesus is not the center of everything, He isn’t the center at all.
WORD-FOCUSED. Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” (ESV) Charles Spurgeon once said, “You do not really preach the Gospel if you leave Christ out-if He is omitted, it is not the Gospel! You may invite men to listen to your message, but you are only inviting them to gaze upon an empty table unless Christ is the very center and substance of all that you set before them!” (Quoted in “Creature of the Word” by Chandler, Patterson and Geiger- page 119) The Bible is about Jesus. Very simply put: Since the Bible is our focus, OVCF believes in preaching and teaching the Bible.
AUTHENTICITY-MINDED. It is not easy being real. Authenticity tells us to get rid of play-acting. We want people to be real, warts and all. At the end of his life, the prophet Samuel called the people of Israel together and challenged them by saying if he had done anything to wrong someone step forward and he will make it right. Only someone who has lived his life honestly and openly before people can have that kind of confidence.
INTEGRITY-DRIVEN. “Integrity doesn’t come in degrees: low, medium, or high. You either have integrity or you don’t.” (Tony Dungy as quoted by Craig Groeschel in Alter Ego-p.101) Proverbs 11:3 says, “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.” (ESV) Integrity must be seen in the leadership, as well as those who are not. Psalm 78:72 says David shepherded the people with an upright heart (integrity of heart). We strive to be people of integrity in all we do. We have systems in place to be accountable for our finances. We have systems in place to protect our staff.
SERVICE-ORIENTED. There should be no question the greatest example of service is Jesus Himself. From His humble beginnings, He came to serve. He is very clear in Mark 10:45: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (ESV). A church’s primary purpose is not to serve itself but those outside. As pastors, teachers, coaches, parents, and leaders we need to set the example of service. OVCF desires to follow the example of Jesus and serve our community in various ways.
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