our 5 values
Found People Find People
Believers in Jesus Christ are “found” people. We often say that we found God, but the reality is, He found us. Isn’t it amazing that God goes on a search for the ones He loves? Which, of course, is all of us. How often we've heard it: “God so loved the world…(John 3:16).
It started with Adam and Eve when they sinned against God and hid from Him in the Garden of Eden. God, the all-knowing God, entered the garden and queried, “Adam, where are you?” (Genesis 3:9)
Of course, God knew where Adam was, but He set in motion a pattern He would follow for the remainder of time – and for all people; God searching for lost and hiding people, helping them come to grips with where they are.
We who are found now share the privilege and responsibility of working along with God - finding others who are lost.
Found people find people.
Saved people serve people
A reputable study disclosed that the higher a person climbs the ladder of success the less compassion they feel. I'm not certain why this is true, but this can certainly explain why some extremely capable people have advanced in their field only to destroy the company for lack of empathy, concern, and care for those beneath them.
No one is higher up the ladder than Jesus. By all rights, then, He should be the most insensitive to those below Him...which is everybody. But He chose to humble Himself and serve. (Philippians 2:1-8),
We follow in His steps. Regardless of how high or low we are on life's ladder, we choose to follow Jesus' example as well as His commands to serve others. That's what saved people do because that's what their Savior did.
Growing people change.
Not all changes in life result in growth. But all growth requires some amount of change. The problem with "growing-type" change is that it's always uphill! Give us a downhill growth pattern, or at least level ground, and we're apt to sign up. But, tucked away in the back of our mind there is an understanding that declining Christians change as well - its called backsliding...
The life of a growing disciple is a life of change. Philippians 1:6 "I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
You're not on your own in this change process. Neither are you alone in your spiritual growth and development. The Holy Spirit is actively involved from beginning to end. Sometimes the need for change stirs in you and sometimes the desire for growth pushes forward. Whichever one motivates you to change, it is the Holy Spirit who empowers you as a growing Christian.
Life is better together.
Notice we are not saying that life is easier together. It isn't. But it is better together.
That's the way God designed it. He calls us into a "body" in which Christ Himself is the Head. Everyone in His body, without exception, operates together under the instruction and anointing of the Head, to accomplish Christ's work in our world.
1 Corinthians 12:21 "The eye cannot say to the hand, 'I don't need you!' Or again, the head can't say to the feet, 'I don't need you!'" (CSB)
Although we are different in numberless ways, God designed us to support, uphold, encourage and serve each other, using our contrasting and complimentary differences and our unique wiring to build up one another -- to live a challenging but better life--together.
You Can't Outgive God
If you are an experienced Christian, you've had plenty of opportunities to prove this out.
Unfortunately, some believers don't believe this. They spend their life grasping and striving for more or, at least, clutching tightly and hoarding what is theirs.
Jesus said it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). It is not only a blessing for the recipient of the gift, but Jesus knew that the blessing of God is consistently upon the one who gives.
Luke 6:38 "Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure--pressed down, shaken together, and running over--will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you." (NIV)
In all your Christian experience you will never hear a true follower of Christ claim that they gave more than they received. You simply cannot outgive God!