Our values are a direct reflection of who we are in Jesus. These give us a way to practice and better become who we are called to be. You will notice in the pages to come that our mission statement is very broad. The successful application of our mission is determined by how well we apply ourselves to these values. This is the “how” attached to the “who”.
This is far more than a genre of music that gets played on the radio. As citizens of Gods eternal kingdom we are to live every part of our lives for his glory as his ambassadors here on earth. Worship is more than what takes places on Sundays in a building. For that reason we worship in two ways.
- Gathered: This is our large group celebration once a week, when we come together to sing about Jesus, to learn about Jesus through the teaching of scriptures and to remember Jesus by taking communion. All of what takes place in our gathered environments is an act of worship (Psalms 105:2; Acts 2:46-47; Romans 11:36-12:2; 1 Corinthians 11:27-32; 2nd Timothy 4:12)
- Scattered: We do not come to church to worship, we come worshipping. We do not leave a worship service, we leave worshipping. When we all go our separate ways, to our jobs, our families and our various responsibilities, we do so worshipping and living for the glory of Jesus (Acts 2:46-47; Colossians 3:17).
The the most clear expression of how a church worships “scattered” is witnessed in community. The Believers live for the glory of God in their neighborhoods, their job site, their corner coffee shops. This serves as a witness everywhere they go. In doing so we become the city within the greater city living for the glory of the Lord. For this reason, we put a very high value on meeting with other believers in our local community. Many churches refer to these type of meetings as “Life Groups” or “Small Groups”. We refer to them as Community Groups (Acts 2:46; Acts 5:42; Hebrews 10:25).
Since we have been sent as missionaries and ambassadors of Jesus to our city it is our duty to communicate the gospel in such a way that is understandable and people are able to relate to. This means that we steward such things as technology, creativity and talent as tools in helping us proclaim the gospel. When missionaries are sent to foreign lands it is their job to study the culture so they can better proclaim the good news of Jesus in the most understandable way. Jesus used stories, Paul used the unknown god on Mars Hill, Johannes Gutenberg used the printing press and we will use whatever tools Jesus puts in our hands. In doing so we are like anthropologist working for the Lord (Matthew 13; Acts 17:16-34).
In serving others we are actually serving Jesus. Our service to others is where we are given the opportunity to use our spiritual gifts. These gifts that we have been given are only effective if they are used. For this reason, we highly encourage everyone to prayerfully consider what gifts that the Holy Spirit has equipped them with and then get busy using them. We have classified the list of gifts into three categories; prophetic gifts, priestly gifts and kingly gifts. The gifting of the prophet is generally built around gospel proclamation, teaching, preaching, witnessing. Priestly gives tend to be gifts of service such as loving, praying and encouraging other individuals. The kingly gifts tend to be those related to administration, organization and leadership. (Matthew 25; 44-46; 1 Corinthians 12; Galatians 6:9)
PLANTING GOSPEL CENTERED CHURCHES
If healthy growing organisms reproduce themselves, then churches must produce more mature disciples and plant more churches that will reach more people with the gospel of Jesus. Our method for continuing to expand the gospel message is apostolic, following in the vein of Paul. We intend to plant as many gospel centered churches as we can until Jesus returns or calls us home (Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:7-8; Acts).