series: (co)re values
date: November 5, 2017
teacher: Jacob Bender
scriptures: Matthew 16:13-20, Matthew 18:15-20, Acts 15, 1 Corinthians 6:12.
In the days leading up to Jesus… one of the things that the rabbis would do, when they were trying to determine if a student were go to the next level in his study and potentially one day go on to become a Rabbi…
was they had a grueling test…
But it was not merely on the the knowledge that the student had, or of the scriptures that they could recite, though that was definitely a part of it, but the Rabbis cared a lot more about the types of questions that you asked them.
You had to impress the Rabbi by asking questions that kept the conversation about God going.
Because that was always the goal.
To keep the conversation about God going.
Character means that We live publicly like we do in private. We write the Word of God on our hearts, practice generosity, and prioritize integrity.
Commission means that we are a sending church. We honor the past, while we work for the future. And we always believe that everyone’s brightest days are ahead of them.
connection is living a life of constant community with God.
He is our supplier, who is as close to us as the air that we breathe.
conversation means that we bind and we loose together, we learn together, we serve together, and we grow together.
We welcome each other’s perspectives, and we depend on each other’s accountability.
collaboration is all of us working together to create something better than any of us could create on our own.
Contribution understands that everybody has a role, and there is room for us here. We know that the gifts we are given matter to the body of Christ, and we so seek to discover where we each fit.
We honor the contributions of others, knowing that God perfectly crafted each one of us, and only together are we truly the church.
Compassion sees the world through the eyes of others, and it is stirred to action by what it sees. It can not sit by while injustice is done around it.
communion is a common union of broken people, who are made whole by the body and blood of Jesus Christ. We are united by our differences, and there is a seat for everyone at the table.
Courage goes to the places that nobody else wants to go, and works to create places that everybody wants to be. Courage loves the one who nobody else wants to love…
if you have no gauge on what is important, then you have no way to measure whether or not you are on the right track. That is what Core Values do… they keep us disciplined… they keep us on mission… they give us something the bounce whatever it is we are doing, off of, and see… IS THIS FURTHERING THE MISSION?