WHAT WE VALUE
As you visit Hanoverdale Church you will experience a group of Christians who are
committed to more than talking about Christ, but seeking to live His example.
You will be challenged, encouraged, and supported as we grow in faith…together.
WHAT WE VALUE
We value the Bible as the inerrant and infallible Word of God. It alone is our final source of
authority. When culture is not in agreement with Scripture, the Bible deserves our humble
submission and complete obedience. Teachings from the Bible that are especially important to
us are: the person and work of Jesus Christ; the ministry of the indwelling Holy Spirit; salvation
by grace alone; trine baptism by immersion after salvation, the personal, bodily, and imminent
return of Christ to earth to rule and to reign; marriage between one man and one woman;
sanctity of life; God’s love for all humanity; and intentional care to those in need. Biblical
authority is the foundation of all we do. (2 Timothy 3:16)
Every person is valuable to God. We value the importance of building caring relationships for
needed support and encouragement. "And let us consider how we may spur one another on
toward one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:24-25)
The health and future of the Church is based on the church community working together to
make disciples of every generation. We value the Christian growth, mentoring, and equipping
of every individual, couple, and family no matter how young or old, to love and serve the Lord.
When the church is in community, families, homes and marriages are strengthened. (Joshua
Every believer is a minister of Jesus Christ and is to be involved in fruitful and meaningful
service to others both inside the church and with our neighbors. "You, my brothers, were called
to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather, serve one another
in love." (Galatians 5:13)
Jesus instructed His followers to remember His work, His death and His resurrection. He gave
the church four visible symbols (called "ordinances") as reminders. These four ordinances are
baptism, Communion and Love Feast, feet washing, and anointing. None of these ordinances
contains any saving grace. Baptism by triune immersion is a one-time act of obedient
identification with Jesus as Lord. It serves as an outward sign of conscious confession of
repentance and faith. The Lord's Supper is an ongoing symbol remembering our Lord's death,
burial, resurrection, and promised return. Feet washing is a means of actively remembering
Christ’s service to us and our service to each other. Anointing offers healing and wellness
through Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32; James 5:13-16)
We value earnest and expectant prayer to under-gird all we do. Personal prayer and corporate
prayer are essential to know the power and plan of God for our individual lives and the church
body as a whole. Heartfelt prayer should precede and permeate all the affairs and activities of
our church. (Colossians 4:2)
It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Meaningful relationships with the unsaved are essential to see them come to faith in Christ.
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses in
Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
Our God is worthy and deserving of our worship individually and corporately. Worship should
be God-focused, contemplative and celebrative. Though the style of worship may vary, the act
of worship is a command. "Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before
him, all the earth." (Psalm 96:9)\
Since the Bible is our final authority for direction in life, it is to be regularly and diligently
studied by people of all ages. A believer should consistently spend time in God's Word in
personal study. Every believer should attend worship with God's family where the Bible is
opened and taught as relevant for today. Bible study is essential to the spiritual development of
every believer. (2 Timothy 2:15)
A Christian's personal relationship with Jesus Christ should be one that is growing and maturing.
Several disciplines and practices contribute to one's spiritual growth: Regular time alone with
God in Bible study and prayer, consistent lifestyle of obedience, and honest intentional
accountability to others. Christian growth requires time and discipline. "But grow in the grace
and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever!
Amen."(2 Peter 3:18)