TCP Core Values
The act of providing relief to persons experiencing distress, grief, lack or loss “Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.” Matthew 15:32
The act of giving hope, strength and support by offering encouragement, relief or consolation “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
The use of a deliberate plan of action to improve others “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” Romans 14:19
The act of sharing a thought or idea; verbally or nonverbally “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needs. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:25-29
The mission of The Connecting Place at Greater Salem is to connect people upward to God by providing a healthy place for worship, prayer and learning God’s Word; to connect people inward by encouraging them to develop a positive self image as God’s creation, to help them to discover and to maximize their God given potential; to connect people outward by encouraging healthy relationships with family, friends, their church family and the community; and to connect people forward to live purposeful lives that honor God and moves them in the direction of God’s perfect will for their life in this world and the one to come.
TCP Statement of Faith
We believe in One True, Living and All-Powerful God. We believe that God manifests Himself in three modes: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that He is perfect in all of His ways.
I John 5:8
We believe the Bible is the written will of God for man, the recorded history of mankind and a record of God’s power.
II Timothy 3:16-17
We believe in the salvation of humanity through the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and by His resurrection. We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s Son and that He is the only way to the Father.
John 3:16, 14:6
We believe in water baptism and in the baptism of the Holy Ghost. We believe that the power of the Holy Ghost is necessary to live a life that pleases God. We believe that the Spirit empowers believers to obey the commandment of Jesus to share their faith with unbelievers.
Matthew 28:19, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:38
We believe that ethical living is the result of the fruit of the Spirit. We believe in the gifts of Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-26, I Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4:1-11
We believe in praising the Lord in song, in the lifting and clapping of hands; and with other audible and visible expressions of praise and worship.
Psalm 100, Psalm 150, Luke 19:40, John 4:24
We believe that personal purity (Godly living) is the highest expression of worship.
Romans 12:1-2, I Peter 1:16, I Peter 2:9.
We believe in the necessity of having regular communication with God (prayer), in the necessity of studying God’s word and in the importance having regular fellowship with other believers.
Luke 18:1, II Timothy 2:15, Hebrews 10:25
We believe in the union of man and woman as God’s will for Holy Matrimony.
Genesis 1:27, Matthew 19:5, Ephesians 5:31
We believe in the Second Coming of Christ Jesus, the resurrection of the dead and the rapture of the church. We believe that eternal life is promised to those who receive the Lord Jesus and eternal damnation is the plight of those who reject Him.
I Corinthians 15:51-58, I Thessalonians 4:16-17, Revelation 21:8