Colossians 1:6 NLT
This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.
We need to be reminded of important things. As parents we remind our kids of stuff. Those we work for or serve with also will remind us of what is most important. The same is true for the church. God called us to share His love, to spread His word and to make a difference in the community we live in.
That is why I send this reminder in the form of our core values. We’ve held these for 10 years, since The Community Fellowship began. We believe that is it all about Jesus. We find our purpose as we lose ourselves in serving others. That is best summed up in our motto of demonstrating the love of God to our community.
The Community has 7 core values that we have built on the premise that God set up His church to change the world. Here are our core values:
COMMUNITY … We seek to build community in order to exalt God, influence people & encourage one another (read Acts 2:43-47)
RELEVANT … By sharing God’s message that is as relevant today as it was in Jesus’ day because that message through God still changes lives (read John 14:6 and 1 John 1:10)
ACCEPTANCE … We show the love of love by accepting people as they are (read Romans 14:3 and 15:7)
CREATIVITY … We use creativity in reaching people (read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23) because God's church is be the most creative institution on earth because we have the greatest message to share (that statement is adapted from Mark Batterson).
AUTHENTICITY … One of the best ways to influence people is to be real (read Hebrews 1:3). When others know our struggles, they will allow God to deal with their struggles.
UNITY … The church should agree to share God's vision (read Philippians 2:1-5) and the message of Jesus. Agree on the most important thing that is Jesus!
EXPECTATIONS … The church will reach new levels as we seek to hold each other accountable to what God’s word calls us to do and how He tells us to live (read 2 Corinthians 8:5).
My purpose in life is help people reach their potential and to live with the purpose God has given them. The best way to find our purpose is to serve others! Matthew Barnett said, "whoever shows up the most in peoples lives is going to win the battle of influence". I pray God will use each of us to influence many people for Him as we seek our purpose and serve!