Core convictions are God honoring, Bible-based principles adopted by Paradise Alliance Church that will guide us into the future. These values will protect us from settling for the good when we should be striving for the best; they will keep us from settling for the familiar and comfortable at the expense of faith and risk.
People Matter To God
God loved the people of the world so much that He gave His only Son, Jesus, in order that anyone who believed in Him would not die, but live in heaven forever. God’s priority is people, and so it must be with us. As Jesus gave Himself for others, so we sacrifice in order that the unchurched would come to know Jesus. By honoring God in this way, we fulfill God’s command and best meet the needs of others and ourselves (John 3:16; Matt. 28:19-20; Lk. 14:16-22) (Lk. 15).
God’s Word is the guidebook to living in relationship with God. Understanding and applying the Bible’s messages is critical to living as light in a world of darkness (Ps. 119-105; II Tim. 3:16-17; II Tim. 4:2).
Continual Growth Under Christ’s Leadership
Christianity is not a destination, but rather a journey with Christ as the Leader. We never “arrive” until we are at home in heaven. Therefore, it is normal for every believer to pursue full devotion to Christ, a spiritually reproducing lifestyle and the spiritual disciplines He taught and modeled (Phil. 1:6; 3:12; I Pet. 2:11).
Loving relationships should permeate every aspect of church life. The community of believers is critical to maintaining relationships with God, and is a tremendous by-product of being part of the church. Christian community is marked by love, acceptance, authenticity, accountability, fellowship, service, grace and respect for all people who are seeking the Kingdom of God, regardless of age, race, or social status (Heb. 10:25; I Pet. 1:22; I Jn. 4:7-8).
God calls people to follow the example of Jesus who became a servant to all. Service based on individual spiritual gifts, passion and style is the Biblical standard (Mk. 9:35; Matt. 23:11-12; Phil. 2:3-5; II Tim. 4:5).
Excellence With Authenticity Honors God and Inspires People
We will do the best we can with all that God has entrusted to us (Col. 1:28-29; II Tim. 2:15; I Chron. 21:24).