Church on the Sound held its first service at the Setauket Neighborhood House in January 1985. Since we met on the North Shore and desired to locate in the Three Village area, we chose the name, Church on the Sound.
While on the Sound doesn’t refer to our location, (we´re actually about four miles inland) it does express our primary purpose: to be a community of believers who are committed to sound doctrine through teaching and Bible study, to express resounding praise to God, to the pursuit of sound hearts through small groups and vital relationships, and to be agents of God´s love to those around us, and to the world through missions.
…is to build God’s Kingdom by equipping all believers to minister with and through:
Sound Worship: a spirit-filled response to the person and work of God through singing, praying, and the working of the gifts of the Spirit. (Psalm 150, John. 4:23-24. 1 Corinthians 14:26).
Sound Teaching: a ministry that is scripturally-sound, applying the timeless truths of God’s Word to our daily lives and sharing the Good News with all nations (2 Tim. 2:15 & 4:2-4, Rom. 12:2, Matt. 28:19).
Sound Hearts: a spirit-empowered ministry to generations aimed at growing in Christ-likeness through renewed relationships and communities (Ps. 90, 1 Tim, 1:5, Gal. 5:22).
Our Core Values
What do Core Values mean?
Many intuitively understand the meaning of core values, but by their very definitions, “core” means that it’s at the center, while “values” is defined as our beliefs. Core values then translate into beliefs that are at the center of who we are. Core values are the critical, intangible essentials that bring continuity and meaning to our everyday life. They are the anchors that support all that we do.
While core values define us as individuals, they also define our church. We as individuals, and the church body as a whole, have core values and they need to be shared values in order to build and establish a strong local community of believers that are moving forward in the same direction to make a Godly difference in our world and the world around us.
What are the Core Values of Church On the Sound?
- The Presence of God
- Biblical Truth
- Every Believer A Minister
- Culture of Honor
- Sound People
The Presence of God
The Presence of God is essential in every church because the church belongs to God and is often referred to as the house of God. You want people to meet the owner of the house (His Presence) when they visit the church.
The Presence of God is manifested in the church when the Spirit of God (The Holy Spirit) is invited and given full control.
The Presence of God (The Kingdom of God / The Holy Spirit) is also within every believer and is often manifested through Faith, Hope, Love and Service to one another.
The Presence of God makes the believers a supernatural people. A church that welcomes the manifest presence of God will produce carriers of His Presence.
1 Chronicles 16:27 (AMP)
Honor and majesty are found in His presence; strength and joy are found in His sanctuary.
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 140:13 (NKJV)
Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; The upright shall dwell in Your presence.
Psalm 84:10 (NIV)
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
Jesus is The Word (John 1:1-2) and The Truth (John 14:6) and anyone that builds on the Rock (Jesus) is a wise man and his building will stand (Matt:7-24-27). It is biblical truth that sets people free (John 8:31-32) and it is also the foundation for answers to prayer (John 15:7 & 1John 5:14-15). Biblical truth will always remain (Luke 21:33) and it is Biblical truth that gives us faith, hope and access to all of God’s promises. Biblical Truth is the foundation for revelation, which Jesus said to Peter that he would build his church on. (Matthew 16:15-20)
Biblical Truth is a part of the believer’s full armor – it’s the sword of the spirit (Eph 6:17). Jesus used Biblical Truth to win over the devil in the desert when he was tempted (Matt 4:1-11).
Biblical Truth is not just simply head knowledge or quoting scriptures, it is built on revelation from a living Word that is active and is always unfolding its mysteries – it comes out of a relationship with the Word, the Person.
All believers should seek after Biblical Truth and all prophecies should be measured against Biblical Truth.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.
Ephesians 6:17 (NIV)
…The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Romans 10:17 (NASB)
Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the Word of Christ.
John 1:1 (NIV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Matthew 4:4 (NIV)
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Every Believer A Minister
The body of Christ is alive and every member/believer has a unique function, destiny and call from God within the body (1 Cor 12:12-31). Jesus commanded the church to make disciples (Matt 28:19) and Paul wrote that the five fold offices was given to the church to equip the saints for the work of ministry (Eph 4:11-13).
Every believer has spiritual and natural gifts from God, which He expects them to steward and use for the purpose of His kingdom (1 Cor 12:1-11 & Rom 12:4-8 & Matt 25:14-30).
Every believer has the responsibility of finding, developing and nurturing his/her gifts to the maximum potential (2 Tim 1:6).
Every believer should be an active member of the Body of Christ (1Cor 14:26). All are needed and all are valued.
1 Corinthians 12:27 (NIV)
You are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
Ephesians 4:11-12 (NKJV)
He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 14:1(NASB)
Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
1 Corinthians 14:26 (NIV)
…When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.
John 15:16 (NIV)
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
Culture of Honor
We are all created unique in the image of God and every God given Fruit and Gift is to be honored, respected, encouraged and nurtured by one another, so we all can be strengthened and built up to produce everlasting fruit for God (1Thess 5:11).
A culture of honor towards God and each other will produce a unified community that will be able to pray and seek God in one accord. There is a commanded blessing from God when brothers (& sisters) dwell in unity (Psalm 133:1-3).
In a culture of honor people lay down their life for God and each other, and true servants are formed which will give glory to Jesus the servant of all (Phil 2:6-11). Paul teaches us to be devoted to one another in brotherly love and to honor one another above yourselves (Rom 12:10).
Galatians 6:2 (NIV)
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Romans 13:7 (NIV)
Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
2 Corinthians 5:16-17
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.
Sound (whole) People
When we become Christians, we experience peace with God. However, God wants His peace to permeate every area of our lives. The biblical word for this kind of peace is shalom. It includes rest, well-being, wholeness and prosperity. By inviting God to bring soundness into our lives, we are freed from the brokenness of our past. As we continue to grow in wholeness, we are able to build healthy, strong relationships, which reflect Christ’s character. Sound people who have been made whole are also able to reproduce wholeness in others.
2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Matthew 14:36 (KJV)
Besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.
And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague
Luke 8:49-50 (KJV)
While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.