Sunday, October 12, 2008

Revisiting Values

Was just re-reading and reflecting on Element's stated values. We just wrapped up tonight's service 2 hours ago and I'm exhausted, but reminding myself of the heart of our ministry already has me excited about next Sunday night and all the prep I will do in the days leading up to it.
We value:

With the Westminster Confession of Faith, we agree that the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Our highest value and greatest good is that God be glorified in all we do, that His name be renowned and hallowed, and that He would increase and we would decrease. We look forward to the day when "the knowledge of His glory fills the earth like the waters cover the sea."
(Hab. 2:14; 1 Cor. 10:31; Rom. 11:36)


We believe that Jesus Christ is the King over all kings, the Lord over all lords, and the mighty Savior of sinners. As Jesus is God incarnate, our advocate and sacrifice, risen three days after death to glorified bodily life, and as He sits at the right hand of the Father and at the head of the Church, we treasure Him above all things. We believe the authentic Christian life is one that trusts all life and death to Jesus and is completely satisfied in Him alone.
(Col. 1:15-23; Eph. 2)

"We will not be ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of salvation for all who believe," and consequently, our worship and our discipleship and our missions and our fellowship will be exercised in the joy and power of the amazing grace God has lavished on us in Jesus. We affirm a robust gospel that affects all areas of life, a kingdom gospel that both satisfies the poor and the poor in spirit and the hungry and those hungry for righteousness. In word and deed, we believe that the good news that Jesus Christ has died and risen to save sinners and reconcile them to God is, as Paul says, "of first importance."
(Romans 1:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-10; 1 Cor. 9:23)

Obedience to Jesus means first and foremost obeying the Great Commandment: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself." We believe that a living faith in Jesus is made manifest in a selfless love and care for our neighbors, in a sharing of the grace that has been given to us, and in our "being all things to all people that we might win some." In fulfillment of the Great Commission call to go into all the world and proclaim Jesus and make disciples, we will embody the kingdom call of the Sermon on the Mount, which calls for grace-filled relationships with all men.
(Mark 12:33; James 1:27; 1 Cor. 13:13; Mt. 5:1-10)

We believe the Church universal and the local church as her agents constitute the spiritual Body of Christ and are to embody the gospel of love and sacrifice of Jesus to the glory of God. We believe the Church is to testify to and model the kingdom of God being made manifest in the world and that it is to be a living picture of the good news of reconciliation with God and with each other. The gates of hell will not prevail against the Church, and it is in the community of Christ that disciples of Jesus are best equipped, trained, nurtured, and empowered. God's plan for the spread of the gospel places the Church at the forefront of the Great Commission.
(Mt. 16:18; Eph. 3:10-11; Heb. 10:24-25; Rev. 5:9-10)

Does your church have stated values? If so, what are they?

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