We base our lives and ministry on the Bible. We hold to the fundamental values that we are to love God, love our neighbor as ourselves, and make disciples of all peoples. While we come with different perspectives and traditions, we are careful not to be dogmatic about minor points. (2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16)
Bob’s comment: The day in America has passed when we can assume people have a basic respect for the Bible. The inspired word of God is, to us, not merely a token allegiance. It is foundational to who we are as people. We study it personally, and discuss it when together.
Peter the fisherman turned apostle gave leaders a timeless reminder to stay in the word. “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables” (Acts 6:2). So they kept their ministry focused on prayer and the ministry of the word (v.4).