Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ – the center of our identity!
On Sunday we launched our message series and companion small group study with the intention of shaping and solidifying our identity as a community of faith and worship. We began the conversation with a discussion on our values. If you missed Sunday you can watch the message on our YouTube account at NorthStarUMCLiberty – look for the video titled NCIS Week 1 – Values.
We are citizens of a nation whose values are things like freedom, liberty, individualism, political correctness, equal opportunity, and reward for hard work. These are just a few of the values that we hold.
As a community of faith and worship we hold a set of values as well – our discussion centered on core values that are not negotiable or replaceable.
1) We believe in one triune God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (and as Paul writes in Ephesians 4 – “…who is over all, in all, and through all.” (NLT))
2) We are saved by Jesus’ death and live in His resurrection
3) We learn to live the Christian life through study and application of the Bible
4) We serve God by caring for one another and the world
5) We share the life Christ gives through our words and actions
Now you could certainly argue for other values but for us, we believe these are primary! The first two talk about our understanding and belief in God and the salvific work of God. The last two talk about our enactment of God’s salvation that is for the world around us. The middle value (#3) is the bridge – it is the road map that moves us from belief to action.
You can believe all you want but have no impact on the world around you. You can have good deeds without them being rooted in a biblical worldview and foundation. We simply believe that left up to our own devices, we will not climb out of the spiral of power, oppression, hate, destruction, war, violence, greed, malice, abuse, discontentment, and plain hedonism. We need the power of God’s Spirit who converts, convicts, and calls us to righteousness. We need the power of God’s Spirit who can move us closer to the heart of our loving and merciful God, instead of the heart of a destructive world. These are the values that shape our identity as North Star Church.
Think for a moment – can you name one value for your faith and worship community?
What is it?
Are you enacting it or still letting it just rattle around in your brain?
This coming week our message will help us understand our identity in Christ – Jesus of Nazareth whom we proclaim as God’s Son and savior of the world. Come join us at 9am or 1030am and be a part of a small group as well!
Thanks and until Sunday, blessings for the journey.