Values-Driven Living

June 2018
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One of the current catch phrases is “values driven”, as in “values driven leadership” or “a values driven organization”. As Christians, we certainly don’t want to get caught up in something because it is trendy. But, the reality is human beings are inherently values driven. I think God intentionally made us this way. Value simply means “the degree of importance of something”. So, to be values driven means to think and act on the basis of what is most important to us. Sometimes, it doesn’t seem to be this way because people say they don’t have enough time for what is really important. But, by choosing to spend our time in certain ways we are acting on our actual values, not on the basis of what we claim to have as our values.

The Bible encourages us to intentionally choose what we will value and to structure our lives according to those values (what we hold as most important). “Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (I Timothy 4:7-8)

Fellowship ValuesSo, what values should we have as individuals who follow Jesus Christ and collectively as a church that desires to help people come to know Christ and become like him? The Bible details a number of values that lead to godliness. But, six key values we as a church have adopted are described in Acts 2:42-47. 

In this passage, we see in the early church “everyone was filled with awe”, “praising God”. This is what we desire for our value of worship, to be in awe of God and praising him together before all people.

The “believers were together and had everything in common,.. devoted to fellowship”. As a church we value fellowship, fostering relationships in which we care for each other and build each other up.

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching”. As a church we value bibilical instruction as the Word of God brings us into closer relationship with our creator and transforms our lives as we follow his instruction.

The people met in homes, ate together, and gave to anyone as they had need. Service to one another, to our community, and the world, is of high value to us and to our God.

The early church praised God openly in public, enjoyed the favor of the people and the Lord added to their number daily. As a local church in southeaster MA we value proclaiming salvation through Jesus Christ that all might be saved.

TSteve Coxhe believers also sold their possessions and goods, giving to anyone in need. We value generosity because all we have comes from God and he gives it to us for the purpose of lovingly share with others. 

With Christ at the center of our lives and of our church, we intentionally choose these values because “godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

~Steve Cox
Director of Adult Ministries

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