These are the values that we at Savanna Church hold most important. Everything that we do here in Wesley Chapel is done with regards to these core values:
Absolute Truth – The Bible is God’s word to us and is the absolute truth and authority for living.
Faith and Prayer – We must live by faith, prayer, and the leading of the Holy Spirit. We trust God for the results.
Community Outreach – Our purpose is to build relationships with unchurched people to show them and then tell them about Jesus, so that Jesus can save them. We believe we reach out most effectively when we approach evangelism “as we are going” to fulfill the Great Commission relationally with every single person we come in contact with.
Worship – Worship is any act toward obedience to God. We believe a worship service should be a reflection of who God is and a celebration of what God has done. This means we will have reflective and celebratory moments in worship to encourage our hearts to draw closer to God’s heart.
Relevancy – Our activities as a body must stay relevant to reach out to people. Because of this fact we will always be willing to change our activities, worship, and ministries so that we can best reach out to others with the life transforming message of Jesus Christ. This church will be first for the unbeliever to help them come to know the Lord and second for serving those inside the church body on any given day. We must also keep the body healthy to maintain reaching out; with both these things in mind we make decisions on ministries.
Ministry – Ministry is serving God by serving others. We believe that the church should be open and willing to serve the needs of the community. We will always be involved in serving our community for the purpose of loving, with an unintended consequence of them coming in to our community during those acts.
Authentic Living – The body of Christ will be most attractive and evangelistic with the message of Christ when we are transparent and real with our weaknesses and brokenness. We believe that these areas can be made completely whole with the power of the Holy Spirit, but when kept secret they hinder the testimony of His power and glory that He deserves.
Servant Leadership – God, not man, appoints His leaders. We believe God gives His appointed leader the responsibility to cast vision and give direction to the local ministry. We believe that a servant leader models for those under his care living above reproach by living with integrity and accountability.
Leadership Development – Developing servant leaders is a key component in every church. We believe this process includes accountability, Christian education, on-the-job training, one-on-one mentoring or coaching, and an internship time for best results.
Team Ministry – We believe in working together where each can focus on serving in an area of skill or giftedness, while having the willingness to serve where needed. We believe that we must have a servant leader with a heart for a particular ministry before we should consider doing that ministry.
Body Life – The good of the whole body takes priority over the good of one. We believe unity and oneness of purpose is essential for a healthy body of believers.
Multiplication Focus – Having an environment where people learn to teach each other and cross-train their skills is the best way to replicate the local body of believers.
Kingdom Mindset – Starting new churches is the most effective means of reaching people for Christ all around the world. Because of this belief we must look beyond ourselves and support other servant leaders to the work of starting new churches. We believe we must give generously to the work of starting new churches through partnering with church planters by giving of our time, knowledge, resources, people, and money.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
GOD WROTE A BOOK
The Bible is God’s Word to all people comprised into 66 individual books. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives.
GOD: THREE IN ONE
God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists as one substance in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Even though they are unified as one, each person of the Trinity serves different functions.
GOD IS GREAT, GOD IS GOOD
God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good: He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.
GOD BECAME MAN
Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we could have life.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
GOD IS ALWAYS PRESENT
His presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, God's righteousness, and the coming judgement. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more life Christ.
Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
GOD'S IMAGE BEARERS
Man is made in the image of God and is the supreme object of His creation. Man was created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort. Every human personality is uniquely created, possesses dignity, and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
GOD'S ONLY WAY
The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through or own efforts.
GOD'S DESIGN FOR COMMUNITY
The Church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.