Go and make followers of Jesus Christ who look up to God, grow together in faith, and live out the Gospel everywhere we go.
Beliefs are not worth much unless they are translated into actions (James 2:14-26). Our core values provide a path for translating belief into action.
1. Purposeful with our Mission.
We exist to make followers of Jesus Christ who look up to God, grow together in faith, and live out the gospel everywhere we go.
The church is the hands and feet of God. As God’s image-bearing humans, we seek to model a healthy balance of living. We devote our lives to following God, together, which overflows into spreading the love of God outward toward Fluvanna, Central VA, and world. To be effective, we believe in the importance of being purposeful with our mission in everything we do and say.
- Look Up. Focus first on God to follow Him. (John 8:12; Hebrews 12:12)
- Grow Together. Stay connected to grow together as one body. (Ephesians 4:16)
- Live Out. Living out what Jesus is doing in you. (Matthew 5:16; Acts 26:18)
2. Authentic in all relationships.
But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 1 John 1:7-8
We are willing to be sincere and transparent in our relationships with God and with each other. This includes being honest (Matthew 5:37), honorable (Luke 6:45), and humble (Philippians 2:3).
- Look Up. Living in the light of god’s love and grace. (Ephesians 5:8-10; John 8:12)
- Grow In, Together. Fellowship is in the Light of Christ through gut-wrenching vulnerability. (James 5:16; Matthew 5:37)
- Live Out. Being a Light with honesty and humility about who you are. (Philippians 2:3; 1 John 3:18; Matthew 5:14)
3. Welcoming of all people.
In these days he went out to the mountain to pray; and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called his disciples, and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles; Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came forth from him and healed them all. Luke 6:12-19 NIV
We welcome everyone into relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, friendship, discipleship, and communion by showing them God’s grace and mercy – just as we were shown.
- Look Up. Follow Jesus’ example of prayer and worship and welcome God into your heart. (Luke 4:8; Luke 6:12)
- Grow Together. Welcome one another as brothers and sisters in Christ through discipleship, love and care. (Luke 6:13-16, Matthew 12: 49-50)
- Live Out. Show the World God’s love. We welcome all with the same message of unmerited grace and mercy by which we were received. (Luke 6:17-19; Mark 2:15-17)
4. Generous with our lives.
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
We serve an indescribably generous God. God loved us so much that he gave His Son so that all who believe in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. Being generous is an attitude of being a blessing to others in whatever way you can.
- Look Up. When you love God, you will give back to God. (1 John 3:17; Matthew 6:21; 2 Corinthians 8:6-8)
- Grow In, Together. Serving faithfully together, we impact lives together (Hebrews 10-24-25; Hebrews 6:10)
- Live Out. Tithing (10%) to the church to meet needs out in our community, state, and world (Malachi 3:8; Hebrews 7:4-5)
5. Relevant to the community.
Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am no under the law), so was to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am no free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 NIV
Relevance means we seek to serve the community’s physical, emotional, spiritual, and practical needs in a way that meets the community where they are. We are called to connect the never-changing good news of Jesus Christ with an ever-changing world. Therefore, relevance is a top-priority.
- Look Up. Cultivating an active, open, ongoing relationship with God. (John 17:22-23, John 15:4-6)
- Grow In, Together. Forming our faith together as one, selfless church body. (1 Corinthians 12:12-26)
- Live Out. Calibrating ourselves to meet the needs of our community. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23, Mark 2:13-17, John 3:16-17)
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