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What We Believe

Our Philosophy of Ministry:

As stated in our Vision Statement, we have two goals at Keystone.  We desire to be:  God-centered and Healthy.  We believe that God-centeredness will be the result of pursuing the three aspects of our Mission Statement:  Honor God (Purpose), Make and Mature Disciples (Process), and Become Like Jesus Christ (Product).

That discipleship process is deeply imprinted in the fabric of who we are as a body of believers.  It is our desire that everyone at Keystone would take seriously their responsibility to “be one, and make one.”  We are all working to make and mature disciples as Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:19-20.  Matthew 4:19 guides the way that we view discipleship at Keystone which contains Three Dimensions of a God-centered Discipleship Process.

Furthermore, we strive for church health by structuring our ministry forms to facilitate the following functions from Acts 2:41-47:

  • Learning experiences with the Word of God (“the apostles’ teaching”)
  • Worship experiences as a lifestyle in private and public (“with glad and generous hearts, praising God”)
  • Relational experiences with other believers (“fellowship” including the elements of praying, eating, sharing, and praising)
  • Witnessing experiences with the world (“enjoying the favor of all the people”)

The objective of Keystone Bible is church health, not church growth. However, a vital or healthy church is marked by spiritual vitality, functional effectiveness, and statistical growth in its life and ministry. Therefore, we will seek to be a healthy church and will expect to grow as a result.

With these objectives in mind, we purpose to be in a constant state of evaluation as we strive to be a healthy church that glorifies God.  It is our belief that the following are vital signs of a healthy church and serve as helpful evaluation points for our leadership:

Vital signs of a healthy church:

  • Gospel Driven
  • Vision Motivated
  • Authentic Worship
  • Effective Expositional Preaching
  • Servant Leadership
  • Dynamic Discipleship
  • Intercessory Prayer

We also believe that there are obstacles to church health and we purpose to guard against them.  Some of these include:

  • Reaction to the abuses of numerical growth
  • Defending the status quo
  • Traditionalism
  • Mixed agendas
  • Irresponsibility
  • Unnecessary barriers
  • Confusing form and function
  • Imbalance

Learn more by listening to Pastor John Tracy teach this Healthy Church Philosophy in the following sermon:

This philosophy that guides us flows through a God-centered theological grid.  Please click here to read our doctrinal positions.

Please click here to read our worship philosophy.