Visions + Values + Beliefs

VISION

Our vision is to lead our generation into a transforming relationship with Jesus and authentic community with each other so that everyone in the Bay Area and beyond can flourish.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35

“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” Matthew 4:23

VALUES

Our values describe qualities we want to embody as we go about our vision and mission.

A Church centered in Jesus: We are and will continue to be a “Jesus church,” finding our life, health, vision, and strength in the person of Jesus Christ. We will keep Jesus at the center of our faith and life together.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  (Galatians 2:20)

Life rooted in Scripture: We value Scripture—the Bible—as the basis for understanding who God is and how to orient our lives fully around him.

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Relationships formed in Community: We value authentic Christian community as a necessary context in which spiritual formation can occur.

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Faith expressed in Action: We value action empowered by the Holy Spirit as a natural outflow of our faith in Jesus, expressing God’s love, compassion, and justice in word and deed in our everyday lives.

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” (Ezekial 36:26-27)

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27)

BELIEFS

Our own statements of belief are not intended to be comprehensive of all aspects of life and faith, but are a summary of and guide to our convictions as a “Jesus church.”

We believe God exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that He is a being of unimaginably wonderful power, goodness, and love.
Psalm 118:1  Psalm 145:1–9  Matthew 28:19  2 Corinthians 13:14
We believe the world exists because God created it, that it belongs to Him and therefore we should cherish and care for it.
Genesis 1:1  Psalm 24:1–2  Isaiah 40:25–26  1 Corinthians 10:26
We believe all human beings have dignity because they were created by God in His own image, and great worth because they are valued by God beyond our ability to measure.
Genesis 1:27, 31  Psalm 8:3–6  John 3:16  Romans 5:8
We believe this world also has pain and suffering because human beings have fallen and sinned, and are estranged from God, from each other, from ourselves, and from creation.
Genesis 3:17  Romans 3:23  Colossians 1:21  Titus 3:3
We believe God does not intend for sin and suffering to get the last word, but is at work to redeem and reconcile what He has made.
Isaiah 11:6–9  Colossians 1:21–23  Revelation 21:1–5
We believe God has expressed himself uniquely in His Son Jesus, who lived, taught, died, and rose again for our sakes. Jesus is our master and teacher and savior and friend, and now reigns forever with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
John 14:6–7  Acts 2:32  1 Corinthians 15:3–4  Ephesians 2:13  Colossians 1:15–20  Philippians 2:5–11  1 Timothy 2:5–6
We believe God has revealed the truth about Himself in the scriptures of the Old and New Testament, which are our unique and authoritative guides in faith and action.
Matthew 4:4  1 Thessalonians 2:13  2 Timothy 3:16–17
We believe the Spirit of God is now available so we can be closer to God than the air we breathe.
John 14:26  Acts 1:8  Romans 8:26  Galatians 3:14  Ephesians 1:13–14
We believe the Church is the community through which God wants to bring love, healing, and growth to the human race, to which He invites everyone who is willing to follow Jesus to join.
Matthew 18:18–20  John 1:12–13  Acts 1:8  Galatians 3:28  1 Peter 2:9
We live in hope because one day Jesus will return, love and justice will prevail, and God will set the world right.
Matthew 24:30–31  Luke 12:40  Romans 8:37–39  Revelation 21:1–5
At Menlo Church, all are welcome to attend, explore, and participate in taking steps of faith toward Christ. We recognize that doubts and questions about faith are a normal part of spiritual growth, and we do not claim to have all the answers. We do claim, however, that all the answers can be found in the person of Jesus.