CORE VALUE | LOVING GOD
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”(Matthew 22:37 NIV).
Our love for God is to be an all out pursuit of everything within us. It is out of this relationship with God we are inspired to live out our mission.
Knowing everyone is unique we value patience and respect each person’s pace in his or her relationship with God. The goal here is spiritual growth and vitality in our relationship with God. God’s grace is a gift, we cannot earn it, nor do we deserve it. There are no prerequisites to receiving the grace of God. God’s Word is His love story for us, and it is the guidebook and authority for our lives.
CORE VALUE | LOVING OTHERS
“Love your neighbor as yourself”(Matthew 22:39 NIV).
Unfortunately we live in a world of compartmentalized relationships. Our love of God should spill over into every other relationship. As we have received grace, we are to dispense grace to others. Loving relationships with others should be intentional. Jesus was intentional about his relationship with the disciples and he intentionally moved among the sinful. The reason? To dispense his grace. The goal is to move about our lives committed to extending love and grace to all we meet, especially those who are far from God. We will seek out one more life that doesn’t know Jesus.
CORE VALUE | REACHING OUT TO ONE MORE LIFE
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”(2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV).
The biggest difference we want to make is helping others experience the love and grace of Jesus and make an eternal commitment to Him.
Through our intentional relationships with others we allow God to use us to share his love and grace with the people we care about. “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’”(Matthew 25:40 NIV). The message around these words of Jesus deals with our responsibility to care for the hungry, thirsty, naked, poor, imprisoned and sick. Jesus was very direct; we are to make a difference, one life at a time.