Core Values. Ethos. Who we are.
Speak the Truth in Love
Everything worth doing starts with love. The Bible is God's Word to us. It is our absolute truth and our authority for living. The greatest commandment in the Bible can be paraphrased, "Love God. Love People." We believe that as we are obedient to that commandment, God will give each person the wisdom to discern right from wrong as we all disciple together toward Jesus.
Although it sounds too simple, we believe Jesus and the gospel he preached is the answer to all of our life-questions. We believe it really is good news and that when we follow Jesus we live the best kind of lives. For this reason, we will keep our eyes, our thoughts and ideas, our words and our actions firmly focused on Jesus' message.
It's easy to have surface relationships where we always act like everything is fine, but this is not how our lives are transformed. Our lives are transformed when we regularly teach each other to obey God. This means we must share not only our best moments and our greatest victories, but also our struggles and doubts.
Relationships don't just happen. Community doesn't just happen. We must be intentional about spending time together, sharing meals and resources, studying scripture and praying together.
Our faith grows through hearing the word of God. We must hear the stories in scripture and learn from them, but we also need to learn from the way God's word is being active in each other's lives. We need to tell each other stories about how God is working all things together for good in our lives.
Rhythms of Grace
Community is messy. Growth is hard work. We must give grace to ourselves and the people around us. We must be careful not to respond to others out of hurt or fear, but to trust that love conquers all.
Worship is our response to who God is and all that God is doing in our lives, in our community, in our world. Worship can look like many things. It's not what it looks like that matters, but what is happening in our hearts.
People should develop into transparent leaders who listen, who love, and who offer grace.
Patient with Messy Processes
As we are being made into new creations through discipleship, we must be patient with each other. Both discipleship and community development take time. We must be patient with the process that does not always follow a straight path.
It is our desire to see God's Kingdom come, to see His will done. We will remind each other that our time on this earth is short, and that we must be laser focused on God's will. His Kingdom first. Whatever it takes.
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