Making known the glory of God and the preeminence of Christ by proclaiming the truth of the gospel in the power of the Spirit.
These core values inform both the vision and mission of Elmira Christian Center all of our disciple making, evangelizing, worship and work. Although many differing beliefs (on secondary issues), opinions, and personalities might be found in this local body, the following values are of the utmost importance and encompass all we do as a local church.
At ECC, we value a culture where . . .
The Glory of God is Displayed in our Lives
God’s glory is the beauty of his holiness and attributes; it is the radiance of his manifold, infinitely worthy and excellent perfections. The chief end of man is to make known the glory of God in all the earth and to find our highest source of joy and delight in Him. Unless we passionately hold to a high view of God, we will never properly understand the reason for our existence or the gospel and all its implications. Therefore, all that we do as a church is first and foremost to extol and declare the excellencies of God and to give Him honor by worshiping Him, for He alone is worthy (Exodus 34:5-7; 1 Chronicles 16:24-29; Psalm 86:8-10, 15; 1 Corinthians 10:31).
The Preeminence of Christ is Proclaimed in our Lives
The glory of God is most clearly seen in His Son, Jesus Christ. We desire to proclaim to the world that Christ is preeminent, infinitely surpassing all others, in His glory, His being, His authority, His sacrifice, and His exaltation. It is in Him that the Scriptures find their completion and fulfillment. He is how we can know the Father, and is the only way, our only hope, of salvation from the wrath of God that we justly deserve. We preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified (Psalm 2; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:2-4).
The Truth of the Gospel is Transforming Lives
The gospel of Jesus Christ is truly “good news.” It is news, not advice, because it is all about what God himself has done to reach us, and ultimately the entire created world, in the life, death, and resurrection of his Son. While religion tells us that we must obey to be accepted by God, the gospel tells us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! In light of this glorious truth, our hearts, motives, and efforts to worship God are radically transformed and we joyfully serve our Creator, Savior, and Lord. The good news of gracious acceptance through Jesus Christ is at the very center of all we do at ECC (Romans 3:21-28; Ephesians 2:1-10; Titus 3:3-7; 1 Peter 2:22-25).
The Power of the Spirit is Visible in our Lives
It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that our church is able to succeed in its mission. Were it left to the “wise and persuasive words” of man, or our own merits and efforts, we would be totally helpless. However, the Spirit of God is our comforter and our guide. He is the one who regenerates and seals our hearts, illuminates Scripture, produces fruit, grants boldness, and distributes gifts to the body for work of the kingdom of God. It is upon Him and His work that we fully rely for ministry – the work of the Spirit through the Word to the believer (John 14:16-18; 16:13-15; 1 Corinthians 12; Galatians 5:22-25).