Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Core Values

God describes Himself as gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. God is good and, by nature, in a good mood.

Psalm 103:8-13; Acts 14:16-17; James 1:17-18; 2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 7:11; Galatians 5:22-23; Psalm 119:68; Zephaniah 3:17; Psalm 104; Exodus 34:5 - 7; Acts 17:22-31

The message, ministry, and sacrifice of Jesus perfectly reveal the nature of God as a good Father.

John 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:2-3; John 14:6-7; Isaiah 9:6; Colossians 1:19; Colossians 2:9; John 1:1; John 1:18; John 8:1 - 11; John 8:19

What Does This Mean?
Don’t Misunderstand...

We cannot do whatever we want and expect God to always bless us. God remains the ultimate judge of every human being.

1 John 1:5-7; Hebrews 10:26-27; 2 Timothy 2:19; Proverbs 8:13; Hebrews 9:27; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Galatians 5:13-24

God is hurt by our sinful actions and will lovingly confront us if and when we sin.

Hebrews 12:7-11; Ephesians 4:17-32; Isaiah 65:2

The life of a believer is not free from trials or persecution.

2 Timothy 3:12; John 16:33; Romans 8:31-39; Philippians 3:10; Psalm 34:19; James 1:2-4

In His goodness, God doesn’t always respond to our prayers in the way or timing we expect.

2 Peter 3:9; Isaiah 55:8-9; Luke 18:1-8; Philippians 4:6-7

Our first ministry is to God. As we behold Him, we are moved to worship with joyous passion. 

Psalm 27:4; Luke 10:39–42; James 4:8; Psalm 1:1–3; Psalm 23:6; Psalm 26:8; John 4:23; Psalm 22:3

God delights in us and has always desired to be with us. We focus on His presence because we have discovered that He is focused on us. 

Ephesians 1:4–5; Zephaniah 3:17; Jeremiah 31:3; Psalm 65:4; 1 John 3:1; Revelation 3:20; 1 John 4:19

As a lifestyle, we practice recognizing God’s presence while we minister to others, attempting to say what He is saying and do what He is doing. 

John 5:19–20; John 5:30, John 12:49–50; John 14:10; 1 John 4:16–17

What Does This Mean?

We worship and have fellowship with God throughout the day in all aspects of life, such as prayer, the Word, creativity, music, nature, family, work and friendships. 

1 John 1:3; Matthew 6:6–15; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18; Colossians 3:17

God has made us a dwelling place for His Spirit. 

1 Corinthians 6:19–20; 2 Timothy 1:14; Colossians 2:9–10

As we draw near to God, He draws near to us. 

James 4:8; Matthew 5:6; Matthew 6:33

The Holy Spirit’s presence motivates us toward love and toward changing the world.

Matthew 28:18–20; Joel 2:28; Acts 1:8

We are called to behold God face to face, allowing nothing to come between Him and us. As we do this, we are transformed into the image of Christ. 

Exodus 20:3; 2 Corinthians 3:16–18; 2 Corinthians 5:18–20; Matthew 22:37

Connected to God, we are filled with joy and peace and are empowered to extend the Kingdom. 

Psalm 13:5; Hebrews 1:9; John 15; Acts 1:8

Every part of a Christian’s life is sacred and meant to be holy. We do not live with the false mindset that life is divided into the “sacred” or the “secular.” Rather, God values and is involved in every area of our lives. The Holy Spirit lives in us, so everything we do and everywhere we go is sacred. 

Colossians 1:16–20; Colossians 3:23; 1 Timothy 4:3–5; Revelation 11:15; 1 Corinthians 10:31

Don’t misunderstand...

The goal of Scripture is to bring us into a relationship with the Author and transform us into His likeness. 

John 5:39-40; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Matthew 4:4; 2 Corinthians 3:15-18; James 1:22-25; Ephesians 5:25-27; Psalm 119:11; Luke 24:13-35

As God encounters us in His Word, faith is released into our lives. Studying God’s truth empowers us to believe in who He is, who we are, and how He wants us to live. 

Romans 10:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; John 17:17; Matthew 7:24-28; Colossians 3:15-17; John 8:31-32; Psalm 119:105; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Acts 8:26-40

The Bible is the source of infallible truth and authority by which we judge all insight and prophetic revelation. 

2 Timothy 3:15-17; Matthew 22:29; John 8:31-32; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Proverbs 30:5-6; Psalm 119:160; Matthew 4:1-11

What Does This Mean?

The Bible should lead us into an ever-growing relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

John 5:39-40; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Psalm 119:11; John 1:14; John 14:6

The Bible is infallible, but our interpretation of it might not be. 

John 5:39-40; 2 Timothy 2:14-18; Luke 24:25-32

Through relationship with the Holy Spirit and a Spirit-filled community, we seek to accurately interpret and apply the Bible, which helps to guard against deception and misapplication. 

John 16:12-15; 2 Corinthians 3:4-6; 1 Corinthians 2:9-11; 1 Corinthians 2: 16; 1 John 4:1; Matthew 7:15; Hebrews 4:12

We come alive and are transformed as we study, hear, and act on God’s words spoken to us in a particular moment. 

Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 2:14-16; Matthew 4:4; Hebrews 4:2; John 6:63; Isaiah 55:11

We need to keep listening and keep asking God questions because He can reveal more truth over time. 

John 16:12-13; Genesis 22; James 1:5; Matthew 7:7-11; Genesis 18:16-33

Don’t Misunderstand...

God is never boxed in by our current understanding of His Word. 

John 8:1-11; Matthew 12:1-13; Matthew 22:29; Job 42:2-5; Act 11:1-18

Studying the Word and experiencing God’s presence should never be separated from one another. 

John 5:39-40; 2 Timothy 2:14-19; Acts 11:1-18

It is possible for a Christian to be deceived. 

Galatians 3:1; 1 John 4:1; Ephesians 4:22-27; 1 Peter 5:8; Colossians 2:6-8

We should always judge and evaluate an interpretation of Scripture. 

Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1; Matthew 7:15-20; 2 Peter 2:1–3

The devil can use Scripture in an attempt to deceive a Christian. 

Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Corinthians 11:13-14

Every word in the Bible should be applied with proper interpretation. 

2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Timothy 1:3-8; John 8:1-11

God wants to communicate with His family. It is important for us to actively listen for His voice and experience the variety of ways that He communicates.

John 10:26-28; John 16:13; Matthew 4:4; Isaiah 50:4-5; 1 John 2:27; Acts 2:17; Numbers 11:29; 1 Kings 19: 9-13

Scripture calls us to earnestly desire the gift of prophecy. We desire to say what the Father is saying to help people grow in their identity and discover their God-given purpose and value.

1 Corinthians 14:1-4; John 12:49; 1 Timothy 4:14-16; Acts 2:17; 1 Corinthians 14:24-25; Acts 13:1-3

The Bible is the ultimate, authoritative revelation unlike any other; nothing will be added to it. Therefore, hearing God speak to us should never contradict properly interpreted Scripture.

Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15; Matthew 7:15-20; John 8:31-32; 2 Peter 1:16-21

What Does This Mean?

God is perfect, but He has chosen to partner with imperfect people to build the Kingdom. Like other spiritual gifts, such as teaching, leading, and serving, we do not always hear God speak or prophesy perfectly. We sometimes make mistakes and this is why we need to judge the words.

1 Corinthians 13: 9-12; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21; 1 Corinthians 14:29-33; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Amos 3:7; Acts 15:28

Spiritual gifts are not given to us fully developed. We are responsible to grow and develop our gifts to their full potential by stepping out in faith, taking risks, and partnering with God.

1 Timothy 4:14-16; 2 Timothy 1:6; 1 Corinthians 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 14:12

God often speaks to us in the language of our own mind and spirit. Therefore, the voice of the Lord often sounds like us but is smarter than us. We practice to discern His voice with confidence.

1 Corinthians 2:12-16; Psalm 16:7; John 10:14-16, 27; Isaiah 30:21; Acts 16:7-10

Inaccurately hearing God speak does not make someone a false prophet. In the New Testament, false prophets are largely defined as people who teach wrong doctrine, produce bad fruit, and perform signs and wonders designed to deceive.

2 Peter 2:1-3; Matthew 7:15-23; Matthew 24:24; 2 Timothy 4:3-4; 1 Corinthians 14:3

There is sometimes a mystery to prophecy and it’s timing. Some prophetic words are beyond anything we’ve ever thought or imagined, and can only be understood in hindsight, so we hold on to them for a later time.

Luke 1:31-34; Luke 24:44-45; John 13:7; John 16:12

Don’t Misunderstand...

We don’t always hear God speak perfectly. Mistakes may be made at times.

1 Corinthians 14:29; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22

Prophetic words are not the only way to know the heart and will of God. We should learn to receive from God in multiple ways.

Hebrews 8:10; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 12:2

It is still important for us to learn from biblically-sound teachers and to study Scripture.

Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 2 Timothy 3:16; Acts 17:11; Matthew 28:18-20

God is victorious. The devil is defeated. We are in a battle, but the outcome is not in doubt! 

1 John 4:4; Colossians 2:13-15; 1 John 2:13; 1 John 5:4-5; Romans 8:31-39; John 12:31; Acts 4:23-31; 1 John 3:8; Hebrews 2:14-15; John 16:33; Mark 5:1-13

We believe and live the prayer, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” Therefore, we partner with the King in natural and supernatural ways to establish mercy, justice, and righteousness until He comes. 

Matthew 6:9-10; Matthew 10:7-8; Isaiah 9:7; Isaiah 33:5-6; Micah 6:8; Matthew 10:42; Matthew 25:40; John 14:12; James 1:27; Matthew 12:22-29

Although we will experience resistance and conflict as the Kingdom advances, we expect the culture to be changed as people come to salvation and take their places in God’s purpose for the world. 

John 15:19-21; John 16:33; Colossians 1:13-14; 2 Corinthians 4:8-11; 2 Corinthians 12:10; Nehemiah 2:1-10; Matthew 5:13-16; Acts 19:11-41

What Does This Mean?

We focus on the good that God is doing in the world and live with contagious hope and joy.

Romans 15:13; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; Philippians 4:8-9; Ephesians 1:17-19; Acts 13:52

Jesus has already won; we pray and minister from the power of His victory over darkness.

Ephesians 1:18-23; Ephesians 2:4-6; 1 John 3:8; 1 John 4:4; Matthew 11:11; Isaiah 54:17

We recognize that God’s Spirit is at work everywhere in the world and we partner with Him so people are reconciled to Him. 

Psalm 139:7; Romans 5:20; 2 Corinthians 5:16-20; Matthew 10:7-8; Mark 16:15-18; Romans 10:14-15; Colossians 1:28-29; Matthew 24:14

One of the ways we transform the world is by agreeing with and declaring the good news of the Kingdom. 

Proverbs 11:11; 2 Corinthians 4:13; Matthew 10:7-8; Proverbs 18:21; James 3:2-5; Matthew 16:18-19; Matthew 18:18-20; Matthew 21:21-22

We live to make the world better for future generations that we may never see. 

Proverbs 13:22; Deuteronomy 7:9; 2 Timothy 2:2; Isaiah 9:7

Don’t misunderstand...

Even though we live with hope, we do not deny the existence of difficult or painful circumstances. 

John 16:33; 2 Corinthians 4:7-11; 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18; 1 Corinthians 4:11-13; Philippians 4:11-14

The enemy will try to resist us and we will experience opposition and persecution. 

2 Timothy 3:12; Romans 8:31-39; Acts 14:22-23; 1 Thessalonians 2:17-18; Philippians 1:12-14

We cannot change the world by human strength and ability alone. 

Zechariah 4:6; 2 Corinthians 3:4-6; Jeremiah 17:5-6; 1 Peter 4:10-11

While we hope that everyone will be reconciled to God, sadly, not all will respond to the invitation to come home to the Father. 

Matthew 22:1-14; Matthew 13:24-30; 1 Timothy 2:3-5; 2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 25:31-46

We do not have to be at the highest point of influence in society to bring Kingdom changes. 

Luke 13:18-21; Matthew 20:25-27; Acts 4:13; Genesis 41:1-41

A lifestyle of servanthood is often the means by which we gain greater favor and influence in society. 

Matthew 20:25-27; Philippians 2:5-18; Luke 2:51-52; 1 Samuel 2:26; Daniel 2:1-49

Some aspects of the Kingdom that we are pursuing may not be witnessed in our lifetime, but rather in the lives of our children’s children. 

Hebrews 11:13; Philippians 3:13-14; 1 Corinthians 9:24

God is extravagantly generous and our generosity is a response and reflection of Him. He is a good Father who gives good gifts to His children.

We see God’s generosity throughout His creation, covenants, and the gospel.

Psalms 65:9-13; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Deuteronomy 7:9; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:3, 7-8; James 1:5; Acts 20:35; Mark 12:41-43

God has blessed us in every way so that we can be generous in every way to advance the gospel. Joyfully giving our time, affection, talents, and money attracts God’s attention, draws heaven’s blessings, produces transformation and enables Him to trust us with the true riches of the kingdom. 

2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Acts 10:3-6; Malachi 3:10-12; Deuteronomy 8:18; Acts 2:43-47; Matthew 10:7-8; Luke 16:10-13; Acts 4:32-37

Generosity confronts our poverty mentality, changing the way we interact with the world. No longer anxious because we mistakenly believe provision is scarce, we are confident that God multiplies resources and is eager to rescue and prosper people. 

2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Philippians 4:19; Ephesians 3:20-21; 1 King 17:10-16; 2 Kings 4:1-7; 3 John 2; Matthew 6:25 -34; Jeremiah 29:11; Deuteronomy 28:11-13; Exodus 3:8; Matthew 14:13-21

Generosity releases joy, blessing, and favor into our lives. As we give, it will be given to us pressed down shaken together and running over! 

Luke 6:38; Isaiah 58:6-12; Proverbs 11:25; Acts 2:43-47; Philippians 4:17-19; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; Luke 18:29-30; Luke 19:1-10

What Does This Mean?

Generosity is an expression of our trust in God’s provision, a declaration that our treasure is truly in heaven. As I take care of His priorities, He will look after mine. 

1 Timothy 6:17-19; Philippians 4:18-19; Acts 4:33-37; Matthew 6:19-33; 2 Corinthians 9:8-12; Genesis 13:5-18.

Generosity is a mindset. The poorest person on earth can live generously. Even if we don’t have many resources, we always have something to give.

Luke 21:1-4; Mark 6:30-44; 2 Corinthians 8:13-15; Matthew 10:42; Acts 3:1-9.1

Generosity should permeate our marriages, families, businesses, communities, and benefit generations yet to come.

Ephesians 5:25; James 1:19; Proverbs 31:16-19; Mark 7:9-13; 2 Corinthians 8:14; 1 Timothy 5:4; John 3:16-18; Leviticus 19:9-10; Proverbs 13:22

Generosity causes people to be thankful and is an opportunity for others to encounter the Lord’s goodness.

2 Corinthians 9:10-13; Romans 2:4; 2 Kings 6:22-23; Luke 9:12-17; Philippians 4:15-16; Matthew 5:16

The Lord celebrates generosity to the poor and fellow Christians as a gift to Himself. A generous heart cares for the widow and orphan, the less fortunate and hurting.

Proverbs 14:31, 19:17; James 1:27; Psalms 68:5-6; Luke 19:1-10; Galatians 2:10; Mark 9:41; Matthew 25:34-40; Deuteronomy 15:12-14

Don’t misunderstand...

Being poor, middle-class or rich is neither a virtue nor a sin. Christians should cooperate with the Holy Spirit according to their situation, assignment, season of life, and/or calling

2 Corinthians 8:9; Philippians 4:11-13; Luke 9:58; Acts 4:36; Matthew 27:57-60; Acts 20:32-36; 1 Corinthians 4:8-17; Acts 16:14-15; Job 29; Genesis 24:35, 26:12-14; 2 Chronicles 32:26-28; Proverbs 3:9-10; Proverbs 10:22, 22:3-4; 2 Timothy 6:17-19

Money is not evil but the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. So we do not love it but rather use it to build His Kingdom. It is a tool, and in human hands can be a blessing or a curse. It should never be our master, but it is powerful servant.

1 Timothy 6:9-10; Matthew 6:19-24; Deuteronomy 8:18; Malachi 3:10-12; Luke 16:8-15

The motivation for giving is more important than what we give. We don’t give out of a sense of guilt or manipulation, nor to impress or control God or His people.

1 Samuel 15:19-23; 2 Corinthians 9:7; 1 Corinthians 13:3; Matthew 6:1-4; 1 John 3:17-18; Acts 5:1-5, 8:18-24

As always, we carefully follow the Holy Spirit’s voice while learning generosity. We do not give impulsively, but rather ask the Father what He thinks about each situation.

John 5:19, 16:13; Matthew 19:16-22; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; Acts 5:1-5; 1 Samuel 15:19-23

The Church is the bride of Christ and she will successfully fulfill His great commission to make disciples of all nations, which means the nations will experience transformation.

We work to leave a legacy and inheritance for future generations, just as previous generations have done for us. While anticipating Christ’s glorious return, we simply do not know when He will come, which should inspire us to have a long-term earthly vision.

Proverbs 13:22; Acts 2:39; 2 Timothy 2:1-2; Titus 2:11-14; James 5:7-8; Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 25:1-29; Hebrews 11:4-30

We are not looking to escape the world but to see Christ’s victory manifested in individuals and nations, even in the face of resistance and conflict.

John 17:15-18; Luke 10:2-3; Matthew 28:18-19; Hebrews 12:1-3; John 16:33; Revelation 11:15; Acts 13:13-52

The Church is called to overcome in all circumstances; in times of suffering and persecution, but also in times of prosperity and great influence.

John 16:33; Revelation 3:5; Revelation 3:21; Philippians 4:11-13; Isaiah 41:10; 1 John 4:4; 1 John 5:4; Romans 8:37-39; 1 Chronicles 28:6-10; 1 Kings 5:3-5; Acts 4:13-37

What Does This Mean?

The church, both local and global, may not be glorious yet, but the Lord has promised she will be. So we love and serve our church into becoming the glorious bride she was created to be.

Ephesians 5:25-27; Ephesians 4:11-16; Revelation 19:7-9; Galatians 6:1-2; Galatians 6:10

We are called to be the light of the world, not the light of the church.

Matthew 5:14-16; Mark 2:16-17; Isaiah 60:1-3; Jonah 4:10; Genesis 22:17-18; Matthew 28:19-20

We have been given responsibility and supernatural power to bring about transformation; therefore, we refuse to have a mindset that empowers the devil and dis-empowers the church.

Matthew 13:31-33; Isaiah 61:1-11 (Luke 4:18-21); Matthew 10:8; Matthew 16:18-19; John 20:22-23; 1 John 4:4; Colossians 2:15

We put our trust in God, not in the prosperity and power of governments.

Philippians 3:20; Jeremiah 17:5-8; Hebrews 12:28-29; Matthew 6:24-26; Psalm 20:6-7; Proverbs 23:1-3

Don’t misunderstand...

God is already at work in the darkest places and nations of the world.

Romans 5:20-21; Psalm 139:7-12; Jonah 1:1-2; Jonah 4:1-2; Jonah 4: 10-11; Acts 8:26-40

We are not giving up on the world and just waiting to go to Heaven.

John 3:16-17; 2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 5:14-16; Matthew 5:13, 43-45

We do not need to become like the world in order to powerfully influence it.

1 John 2:15-17; John 17:13-19; John 15:19; Philippians 2:14-15; Mark 2:15-17; Matthew 11:16-19

Not everyone will be enthusiastic about the Kingdom being established. We must be prepared to experience resistance, rejection, and persecution.

2 Timothy 3:12; Matthew 5:11-12; Matthew 10:21-23; John 15:18-27; Psalm 34:18-20; Luke 21:16-19; Acts 19:23-27

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