Core values speak about what actually motivates us to do what we do, to live the way we live. Often (not always) to that which we devote most of our time, energy and resources is an indicator of what we truly believe is most important in life.
The core values of our church are:
God’s Word (faith, doctrine, preaching)
Community (worship, fellowship, family, life groups)
Equipping (discipleship, maturing in Christ)
Prayer (connecting, communion, healing)
Service (in the church and in the community, evangelism)
The mission of our church in a nutshell is to be a Christ-centered, caring community committed to connecting people to the Savior. This mission encapsulates the two greatest commandments - to love God, self, and others, and the Great Commission - to make disciples of all nations. Our vision as a church is to bring everyone to be mature in Christ.
Is it evident that we value the things we see in this passage in Colossians 1? Paul talks about the effects of the Word of God - the all-encompassing gospel (v. 6). Are we walking in our new life, new identity, new heart - in line with the gospel? We see community in vs. 8 - the outreach of love for others through the Holy Spirit. We see Paul’s prayer that they should be equipped (vv. 9-11) with spiritual wisdom and understanding and strengthened with all God’s glorious power. And throughout the passage we see the role that prayer played in enabling them to do the work of the Lord. Finally, in v. 10 we see the realization of the gospel in service.
If we want to make an impact on the world around us as a church, we need to live out our deeply held beliefs, not just individually but as a unified body of believers.