Simplicity: One of the Core values of ELEMENT is getting back to the basics, or the essentials of what it means to be the church. The desire of ELEMENT is to “foster a movement of missional believers who are not satisfied with going to church, but strive to be the church.” Whether it is in our Sunday Gathering, our Communities, or our In-breakings, ELEMENT believes that through minimal programs, increased ownership of the people, and a “less is more” mentality… even the largest of visions can still be simple.
Stewardship: One of the desires of ELEMENT is to meet the needs of people, and remind them that God does care, that He is working, and that His Truth is worth trusting. ELEMENT will focus on meeting both the physical (Adoption help, food and housing assistance, scholarships and grants for those in need), emotional (financial aid for counseling, Mentorships), and the spiritual (Prayer, Bible Studies, Apprenticeships) needs of the Church, and the City of Tampa.
Hospitality: Our desire is to create a culture of generous people, who share their resources, their time, and their stories with all who are in need. Whether it is in a community group, a gathering, an IN-breaking, or in a drop by the office, ELEMENT longs to show the same generosity and hospitality that God shows us.
Ownership: ELEMENT is not something to be observed from a far, but demands that we all take part in its movement. ELEMENT puts a massive value on the ownership of its people to both the heartbeat and the action of its call. Ownership is achieved through involvement in community, through stewardship, through volunteering, and through the living out the truth of God.
statement of faith
The Bible: It is the inherent, infallible word of God, His love letter to his people. It is both instructional and mysterious; it answers and creates questions that draw us closer to him. It is God’s truth and final authority for our faith and lives. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peters 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:10-160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5 Matthew 5:18)
Jesus: He is the one and only son of God. He is the way the truth and the life. He is Love, Salvation, and the hope of men. He is both man, and God… the only sinless human. He was born of a virgin, He died on a cross for the payment of our sins, and he rose to life after three days of death. He now sits at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf. (John 3:16 Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; John 15:13; Romans 8:34)
The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and Son as God. He was God gift to the world, so that we might know that He is with us. The Holy Spirit, guides, directs, corrects, and confirms us. The Holy Spirit dwells in man at the point of salvation, sealing him unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; II Corinthians 3:6; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18)
The Nature of Man: Man is made in the image of God, and we are the object of his affection. Though we have been fearfully and wonderfully made, we have chosen to disobey God, and because of this sin we are in need of a savior. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:306; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2.)
Salvation: Salvation is found only through Jesus Christ. It is not something we work for, or something we can achieve… it is the gift of God, for all who believe in Him. God forgives our sins wipes us clean of our transgressions and gives us the promise of eternal life. (Romans 5:1; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, John 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26.)
Sanctification: Because of Gods great love for us, we have been given a part to play in His story. His desire for us is that our thoughts, our motivations, and our actions would reflect the heartbeat of God. We enter into this redeemed relationship when we acknowledge that we are sinful, that we need a savior, and then we turn towards God and the life He has called us to. Our repentance is a waking up into a life that God lavished with Grace, forgiveness, peace, love and hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 , Hebrews 6:18-20 , Romans 12:2 , Ephesians 5:1-2 )
Eternal Security: We believe that those who have been redeemed by the saving love of Christ are kept by Gods power, and thus secure in Christ forever. All who are redeemed will be in an earthly process of shaping their lives to that of the image of God, and will bear fruit in their life before they die. (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:5, Titus 2:11-15)
The Church: The church is the body people, not a building, not a service, not a logo or a name. The church is the people of God. Those who vow to do life together, to both worship and serve God, by loving and serving each other. The church exists to be the light, the hope, and the heartbeat of God to the world. (1 John 4:20-21; 1 Corinthians 12:7; Ephesians 4:11-13; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 4:10-11.)
Christ’s Return: He will come to gather the redeemed, and with that usher in the next chapter of Gods plan. No man will know the hour, but we are called to live like it could be today. Christ Return is a message of hope… where our Hero comes for his people. (Matthew 24:44; Luke 12:40; Revelation 19:11)