Our Values

DEAF HEART

We believe that Deaf people matter to God.
(Genesis 1:26-27; Exodus 4:11; Psalm 139:14-17; Jeremiah 31:3)

Deaf Heart is a culturally ambiguous term and its exact definition varies from person to person. For our church, we define “Deaf Heart” as follows: “A person who deeply loves and is passionate about the Deaf community for Christ’s sake.”

We believe that Deaf people matter to God since they were created in His image with high value, worth, and dignity (Genesis 1:26-27; Exodus 4:11; Psalm 139:14-17). Sign language is the heart language of all Deaf people groups in the world because it gives them an accessible way to receive information, be understood, heard, and express their feelings without any barriers. God makes Himself accessible to the Deaf community.

BELONGING

We believe each one of us are called to belong – first to God then to each other.
(Psalm 68:6; Romans 1:6; Galatians 4:4-7; 1 John 3:16)

The human heart yearns to be known, heard, valued, and to belong in a community. Isolation is the bane of humanity – especially in the Deaf World.

God invites every men and woman to belong to God – first through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ (Galatians 4:4-5; Romans 1:6), then within a local community of believers for the purpose of Bible studies, fellowship, worship, prayers, communion, and for mutual care of one another (Psalm 68:6; Acts 2:42-47). We are called to love God and our neighbors (Matthew 22:37-39; John 13:34). The only way the world will know God is when we truly love one another (1 John 3:16).

TRANSFORMATION

We believe our destiny is to be more like Jesus Christ in every part of our life.
(Mark 1:14-15; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 5:17; 1 Thessalonians 4:3)

We long to become more like Jesus Christ in every part of our life. This is achieved through changed lives, continued maturity in faith, and a commitment to discipleship.

When Christ started His ministry, the first thing He preached was for people to repent and believe in the Gospel (Mark 1:14-15). Apostle Paul constantly encouraged believers to let God transform their lives in the image and likeness of Jesus Christ (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3). At the end of our lives, we want to present ourselves complete and perfect before Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:27-29).

SPIRIT-LED & EMPOWERED LIFE

We depend completely on the Holy Spirit for true success in everything we do. 
(Acts 1:8; Romans 8:14)

We can have a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14; Philippians 2:1). It is possible for us to hear directly from the Holy Spirit because His ongoing ministry is to be our personal guide and teacher in this life (John 14:26; 16:13). When we are led by the Spirit, we experience His empowerment to be successful in everything – especially the worldwide evangelization of the Gospel (Acts 1:8). If we refuse to submit to the Holy Spirit’s ongoing work in our lives, we will stop being led by Him (Isaiah 63:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22; Acts 7:51; Ephesians 4:30).

MULTIPLICATION

We are called to be a self-multiplying, self-sustaining, and self-reproducing community of disciple-makers who make disciple-makers.
(Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:4-5; 2 Timothy 2:2)

The Apostle Paul said, My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power (1 Corinthians 2:4-5). Jesus calls every believer to go and make disciples of all people groups both near and far (Matthew 28:19-20). We will proclaim the gospel, admonish men and women to follow and obey Jesus Christ, and equip everyone to obey the entire counsel of God wherever they go (2 Timothy 2:2).

We are called to be self-multiplying, self-sustaining, and self-reproducing community of disciple-makers who make disciple-makers. As a Spirit-empowered church body, we focus our energy and efforts in creating Gospel access in:

  • Our Jerusalem: the Deaf World living along the I-270 corridor between and within the cities of Frederick, MD and Washington, DC;
  • Our Judea: the Deaf World living within the DMV region, the Mid-Atlantic District, and all over America;
  • Our Samaria: those who are not part of the Deaf World (i.e., hearing world and those from foreign countries) living in the Mid-Atlantic District; and
  • The Ends of the Earth: Hearing and Deaf people living all over the world.