Our belief system is potentially the most important thing about us. What you believe to be true at a heart level is directly related to the quality of life you are experiencing at the present. It determines how we see ourselves, how we see the world and most importantly, how we see God. Our beliefs have the power and potential to change the world in which we live!
If our beliefs are firm and established on a solid foundation, though we go through very difficult times, we will always be victorious. If our beliefs are established, we will never feel lost concerning our future or feel distant from God. Our belief system is like a compass. When we know how to use it, no matter how lost we might think we are, we can always find our way home.
In our Christian life, so much of what we believe is not based on truth . . . specifically, the truth about who Jesus is and what He accomplished for us. We are trying to build a Christian life on a faulty foundation.
Here are six core values we hold to as a ministry. They give definition and direction to the way we view life, ministry, God and Scripture. Thank you for taking the time to read them.
1. God is a good father
Jesus preached good news, the good news of God’s Kingdom, the good news of Grace, and the good news of God’s unconditional love. This is the message of peace, the message that God is not mad at us, nor holding our sins against us. Because He preached good news, good things happened. Faith can only grow in an atmosphere of God’s goodness. The right message will always get the right response. People will respond when they see how good, kind, and powerful our God is. Psalms 34:8 states, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” When people experience and not just hear the love of God, but experience it tangibly through signs, wonders and miracles, they will respond in faith. The world is hungry to know a God who looks and acts like Jesus Christ. They just don’t want our religious version of Him. Loving God and loving others flow from the knowledge that God is love and loves us unconditionally. The great commandment must fuel all great commission activity.
(Matt 9:35-38, Matt 11:28-30, Psalms 31:19, 1 Pet 2:2-3John 10:10)
2. Every person has incomparable value and worth.
We believe in people! When you truly see God as He is, ‘not as we may have been taught about him’, the result will be seeing people the way God sees them. We are motivated by the idea that every person from their mother’s womb is created unique and known by God. Each person is pre-destined to play a part in God’s big plan. Each person has incomparable worth in God’s eyes. The price God was willing to pay to redeem you determines your value in his sight.
(Gen 1:26-31, Psalms 8:3-8, Psalms 139, 1 Pet 1:18-19)
3. Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection changed everything.
‘It is finished!’ As Jesus hung on the cross and uttered those powerful words, he was declaring that once and for all, through what He was going to accomplish through His death, burial and resurrection, our sin debt and inability to keep God’s law would be paid for. For the first time in thousands of years there would be nothing left to separate mankind from God. Jesus, through what He accomplished, has now opened the way for all people to be saved. God is not angry; He’s not upset or even in a bad mood. Sin has been paid for; the debt is removed. However, the only way to enter in and receive His grace is through putting our faith in Jesus alone. Through our belief in the finished of Christ we are made righteous, totally forgiven, and given peace with God.
(John 19:30, Rom 8:1-4, Col 1:19-22, Heb 1:1-3, Heb 9:14-14, 9:23-28, 10:10-14)
4. All things are possible.
Jesus said the ‘works I do you shall do also and greater works than these you shall do.’ We believe in the empowerment and validity of the Holy Spirit. Our relationship with the Holy Spirit should be an ongoing experience of supernatural happenings. The same Holy Spirit that Jesus had and operated in, is what you and I have today. You are not only qualified but you are empowered. The person and presence of the Holy Spirit releases through us a limitless flow of gifts, power and miracles. We refuse to limit God through our traditions and false perceptions. We hold to a belief system that says, ‘all things are possible for me as a believer in Jesus’
(John 14:12, Mark 16:15-21, Mark 9:23, Acts 10:38, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-4)
5. God’s kingdom is advancing
When Jesus sat down, His work was finished. When He sent the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 our work began. Through believers, God’s kingdom is advancing on the earth. We hold to a victorious view of the future. This is the primary call and mandate of the church, to usher in the return of the King through proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom and discipling every nation, tribe and people group; that the kingdoms of this world would become the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
(Matt 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Isa 9:6-7, Matt 24:14, Rev 7:9-10, Rev 11:15, Dan 2:44, Eph 1:9-10, 1 Cor 15:20-28)
6. Apostolic and empowering leadership.
We believe in visionary and empowering leadership that seeks to create an atmosphere of love, acceptance and faith where people are released in their God-given gifts and destiny. Leaders and ministers, both men and women, are equally called to be the greatest servants of all with the purpose of equipping believers for dynamic and fulfilling ministry.
(Luke 22:24-27, Mark 10:35-45, Eph 4:11-13, Gal 3:26-28)