This simply means that we measure their effectiveness by they way they help live out our central commitment to Jesus Christ our Lord through our congregation.
We lift up these Core Values as a growing, dynamic set of positive preferences and attitudes that our leaders and members are expected to live out spontaneously in our daily living. It’s not an easy task.
We are hoping and praying that they become the initial boundaries within which we are free to express our God-given gifts and talents. We do this for the sake of the Body of Christ and the advancement of the Kingdom of God.
The challenge of these words are to make them real, to put them into daily practice and have them guide us in the way
they were meant to.
Last Sunday we explored the first two (listed in no particular order) :
Joyfully Sharing Jesus Christ:
Joyously sharing God’s story of Jesus Christ with enthusiasm, passion, love and hope.
Providing Engaging Worship:
Engaging, innovative, vital worship that transforms through biblical preaching and truth.
And we affirmed how Worship and the joyful sharing of Jesus Christ go hand in hand with each other.
With regards to worship, it’s important to point out that while there are many different worship styles (and languages) present on our church campus, each one serves a valuable and important group of people. Each one is designed to usher us into God’s presence in an “engaging, innovative and vital” way.
I’ve been in churches that have a number of worship services, all in english and all different. People are free to attend and/or move between them as they feel led, but usually they call one of them “home.” And that’s perfectly ok. Different worship styles can still mean one church.
In our case, the 9 am Traditional/Modern style of worship is treasured by many people and is a place of inspiration and learning. It features familiar hymns and activities that many have grown up with and remember from times past. The 9 am service will continue to offer the kind of experience that includes Choir, organ and piano along with various instruments from time to time.
Our evolving 11 am worship is a work in progress that seeks to define just what “post-modern” worship is all about and how that might speak to 20’s and 30’s year olds. It’s a very relaxed, informal, “praise music” atmosphere that’s meant to encourage interaction with each other and with God through Jesus Christ.
It is our hope and prayer that a significant interation and sharing happens between the people of the two services. A great example of this was our Camping Sunday two weeks ago when the 11 am Young Adult Praise Band provided most of the music for the 9 am service. There will be other events we can plan that strengthen our mutual support of each other as well.
Both of these worship offerings seek to find out just how God can bring joy to our lives even in the midst of our tears, how God can make us into “overcomers” even as we struggle against difficult odds.
That joy comes from a deepening faith that gives us a constantly expanding foundation of love in Christ to stand on. It results is our gratitude and our desire to help others know about what we have found. It becomes a touch stone for all we do and say.
Next week we will looking at the two more of our core values:
Equipping Disciples through God-given gifts:
Equipping and encouraging disciples of all ages to a deeper faith and confidence in Jesus Christ through Prayer, Spiritual Gifts and Spiritual Disciplines.
Accountable Small Groups:
Connecting members and participants through accountable small groups.
We’ll be asking: Are we taking every opportunity to learn and grow closer to God? Are we aware of what our Spiritual Gifts are and how to use them?
And: What do we know about Jesus and the style he used to teach his Disciples? How do we best help each other attain what God has in store for each of us?
Does the living of these values appeal to you? Why or why not?
How might you change them? …or make them part of your life?
Would you be willing to give them a try for a day? …a week? …a month?
How have you lived closer to God this day?
How goes it with your soul?
Grace and Peace, Pastor Terry
“We are called to be generous friends of God,
and to let others see Christ transforming our lives”.