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Values

Worship

We were created to worship (Genesis 2:15). We were saved to worship (John 4:21-24). Our desire is that everything we do displays the glory of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 10:31). Each week we gather as a church to sing, pray and listen to God because He is worthy (Revelation 4:11). We want our times of corporate worship to be the overflow of hearts that treasure Christ more than anything else (Colossians 1:15-20). We ask God to expose our feeble idols—the things we think will bring us significance, security and acceptance—and show us their worthlessness in light of the glory of Jesus (Psalm 115).

So we ask God:

     - To help us love Jesus more and this world less,

     - To help us long for his Kingdom to advance, not our own,

     - To magnify His matchless beauty for the world to see.

Discipleship

When Jesus walked on this earth, he called men and women to follow Him (Matthew 4:18-20). He called them “to let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also”—to forsake their own path to walk with Him (Matthew 8:18-22). Before he left, he commissioned His disciples to take His good news and call men and women to walk away from worldly allegiances and join Him. He told His disciples to make new disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). The mission of the church has always been to make and mature disciples (Acts 14:21-23). The church is a community of disciples of Jesus who walk with Him each day and call others to join Him on the journey (Romans 1:1-6).

So we ask God:

     - To help us follow Jesus as we journey through life,

     - To use other disciples to help us grow in maturity,

     - To call others to follow Jesus through our example and our words.

Community

When God saves a person, He saves them into a community (Ephesians 2:11-12). He adopts them into a family of brothers and sisters (Ephesians 1:5). Relationships in this family are vital for the believer’s spiritual growth and development (Ephesians 4:11-16). Brothers and sisters spur each other on to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24-25). Brothers and sisters protect each other from dangers both outside and inside the church, and they minister to each other in times of suffering and difficulty (Galatians 6:1). Life outside of community is dangerous, unnecessary and disobedient (1 John 3:11-24).

So we ask God:

     - To grow us closer as a community of brothers and sisters,

     - To deepen the relationships in this faith family,

     - To keep us from disunity within and danger without.

Mission

Jesus came on a mission to seek and save those who were lost (Luke 19:10). When His mission was complete, He sent His disciples out with the very same mission (John 20:21). They were His ambassadors taking the message of reconciliation into the kingdom of this world (2 Corinthians 5:14-21). As ambassadors, we proclaim this good news of peace with God beginning in our community and working out until we take it all the way around the globe (Acts 1:8). Jesus could have chosen to accomplish His mission in many different ways, but the way He chose was for His disciples to be His mouthpiece (Colossians 4:2-4).

So we ask God:

     - To give us an unquenchable burden for our city,

     - To trade earthly comforts in order to sacrificially support local and global missions,

     - To see opportunities around us to boldly share the gospel.