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September 20, 2020

What are our values?

When guests visit a house, they often compliment the decoration, or talk about how clean a place is. They don’t focus on how strong the floor is, or that the wiring is up to code. As dumb as it sounds to compliment a home owner on their choice of floor joists, the structure is still important. You wouldn’t have a clean house with good decorations if the studs supporting the walls weren’t solidly built.

Who we are as a church is based on values that we find in the Bible. There are people to follow as examples, stories of God’s love, and letters offering guidance and suggestions to churches and individuals. In the past, scholars came up with creeds that gloss over and summarize what we believe, and one of those creeds is the Apostles’ Creed.

Our values are more than just the Apostles’ Creed. We also value individuals, and we believe that all individuals are important:

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

1 Peter 2:9

So as individuals gathered into a church, each of us is part of the work. One might plant a seed, and another might water it, as Paul said, but God makes that seed grow. It’s up to each of us to participate in the way the Spirit leads us. It’s up to each of us to build on the foundation Christ laid for all of us.

You shouldn’t feel left out. You also shouldn’t feel like there’s nothing left to do. There’s plenty of awesome ways each of us can be involved, get involved, and stay involved.

You’re welcome to join us in praising, loving, and serving!

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