Our Values

The Values of The Ark

The four values that The Ark holds as a church are being Christ-Centered, God-Loving, People-Loving and Bible-Based.  Within these four values are the principles of which they are made up.

Christ-Centered:


Christ-led

We are nothing and all we have is nothing without Christ and we only find righteousness and life everlasting through Christ. (Phil 3:7-14).  God has appointed Him leader over all we do and all we are. (Eph 1:22-23).  Hence, apart from Him, we can do nothing and so we strive to do everything by and through Him (John 15:5).

Evangelism

Reaching the lost and the seeker – Jesus demonstrated His desire to reach those who didn’t know Him with the first and last words He spoke to His disciples in the Book of Matthew.  If it was that important to the Son of God, it is that important to us. (Matt 4:19, Matt 28:19)


God-Loving:


Prayer, Especially Corporate

The church is to be a house of prayer (Is 56:7). We should pray always (1 Thess 5:17).  However, Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father”, implying His goal for us is to pray as one body (Matt 6:9).  We are told that He is with us when two or more are gathered in His Name and that in this way are we more able to know His will. (Matt 18:19-20)

Spirit-filled worship

Worship times will be a time to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs and a time for giving thanks to the Lord (Eph 5:19-20) and where we will devote ourselves to teaching and to the fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer (Acts 2:42).  In all this, we will devote ourselves to the guidance of the Holy Spirit to move us closer to Him.

Excellence

In everything we do, we will do it fully or not at all, depending on the Word and the Grace of God.  After all, God gave us His best, His Son.  We should strive to return to Him using the same standards (Col 3:23-24)


People-Loving:


Diversity

We will be people of grace. We will not be a people of legalism (Gal 3:10-14).  It is by grace alone we are saved (Eph 2:8).  We let others be themselves, not comparing them to anyone else.  God loves variety and He made us different for a reason (1 Cor 12:12-13).  As Christians, we are all part of the same body of Christ.

Servant leadership

We must always strive to be servants of others, including unbelievers but especially brothers and sisters in Christ.  Never should we begin to believe that we do not owe everything we have and are to Christ and the posture of servanthood will help us remember this (Matt 19:30, Luke 22:25-27).  In our servitude, let us edify each other and bring others to the Lord.

Lay ministry

We believe that we are all ministers of God and that as ministers, we are empowered with the gifts the Holy Spirit has given us to provide services to others to build His kingdom. (Acts 6:3-6, Eph 4:11-13)


Bible-Based:


The Bible as the one source of God’s truth

In all we do, the final truth will come from the Bible as the primary source of God’s Word to us.  Whether we receive a word from any other place, it must be checked with scripture to ensure its truth (Acts 17:11, 2 Tim 3:16).

Bible based Teaching and Preaching

We preach God’s Word and the truth straight from the Bible to those who may not have been encouraged to read it for themselves (2 Tim 3:16).  Paul, the great evangelist, brought thousands of people to Jesus with His preaching of the Word.  Similarly, every word we preach should be based on the Word of God, pointing people to Jesus and showing them who He is and how He can help them wherever they are. (Book of Romans)