Core Values

-    Intellectual Humility

•   Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (ESV)

•   1 Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known.” (ESV)

•   We are a broken people, in a broken world, made up of broken systems. If it were not so we would not need a perfect savior. This means even our pursuit of a better world is also, in part, broken. This shouldn’t cause us to despair or to shy away from the pursuit of a better world, it merely forms the foundation of humility. Once we accept our reality we can find the liberating joy of pursuing a better world, truth, and the Kingdom of God  in the freedom Jesus provides us. His mercy and love for us covers the yawning gap between what we see now through a glass darkly, and what we will one day understand fully just as God fully knows us. In the meantime, let’s not act like we are saved by our own righteousness or intellect, but rather find joy in discovering old, present, and new ways of seeing the world and our stories in it through the eyes Jesus.

-    Genuine Passion

 

•   Colossians 3:11-17 “Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (ESV)

•   God wishes all his people to be passionate about living out their faith. Which is he why isn’t as concerned with “what” we do (although that does matter) as much as the “way” we do it. If you have ever read the words of Jesus, John, Paul, Peter, or others and said, “I know what you’re saying but not how to do it” then you are in good company. It is often why we turn to formulas, how-to-guides, and experts to inform us how to live. One of the greatest experiences we can have is when the way we live is brought into harmony with the eternal principles of Jesus and our God given purposes. When our focus moves from being a “human-doing” to a “human-being” we will be able to experience life differently, indeed, we will experience life more fully.

 

-    Authentic Relationships

 

•   John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (ESV)

•   Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (ESV)

•   Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (ESV)

•   Romans 12:15-16 “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another.” (ESV)

•   All of our relationships must begin and end on the command Jesus gave us, to love one another as he loved us. Relationships marked with that type of love will lead us to walk with each other in the highs and lows of life and challenge us to spur one another on in friendships that are filled with meaning and a lasting impact. When love is our focus, our feelings will follow suit. Authenticity isn’t about always feeling a certain way, it's about the motivation always having the same agenda. Praise God that Jesus revealed an eternal agenda: LOVE.

 

-    Kingdom Focus

 

•   Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (ESV)

•   Matthew 6:33-34 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

•   Kingdom Focus is all about our trust in God’s character and our orientation in life. In order to remain kingdom focused we will on one hand eventually have to realize that we will never have this faith journey all figured out on this side of eternity and must rely on God to continually guide that journey, and on the other hand we must retain the resolve to fix our eyes on what is within our control while trusting God to handle that which is out of our control.