OUR 12 CORE VALUES
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST
Everything begins and ends with Jesus. He is the center and the whole of everything we as the church proclaim to be.
And we seek Him diligently and with all our might.
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
THE JOY FOUND ONLY IN
It would be miserable to think of a life without joy. It's even scary to think of not experiencing true joy in a relationship with Jesus. But we don't have to fear that since Jesus is the source of our true joy.
Purpose is what guides us. That purpose is not self-generated or willed by our own desires. It is given and directed by God. We are to be salt for those who are lost and lead them to salvation through Jesus alone.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
If loving people and showing them Jesus is not the focus of our efforts as believers and the church, then we will miss the mark of our calling every time.
1 John 4:11
Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another.
We are transformed by our willingness to be submissive to God. The Christian experience is lived in and we need such transformation to let our old self die and be made new into whom Jesus has called us to be.
Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
1 Timothy 6:17
Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant nor to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God, who richly provides us with all things to enjoy. 18 Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and willing to share, 19 storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of what is truly life.
We are all rich in something. And it is our responsibility to bring those things into God's house and put them to use for His Kingdom. To do good. Be rich in good works. Be generous. Be ready to share.
We can grasp what scripture says, "taking hold of that which is truly life." when we do these things.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act,
We are committed in 3 ways.
#1 We are committed to Jesus.
#2 We are committed to our fellow believers.
#3 We are committed to reaching, loving and winning the lost to salvation in Christ.
This is not something we just do on Sunday or when we feel like it. No fairweather Christians here. This is spiritual warfare and we can't be indifferent when it comes to our commitment.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Gratitude should never be conditional, because love is never conditional. We give thanks to God and show gratitude towards others because we are His creation and live by His great mercy.
Craig Groeschel says this about the keys to innovation: "You need limited resources + willingness to fail + increasing passion.
We have these parts in spades. And we ask the Lord to continue to help us innovate so we don't just "keep doing church the same old way", while still keeping tradition alive.
After all, someone once said, "Tradition is not the worship of ashes but the preservation of fire."
“But we only have five loaves and two fish here,” they said to him.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 Then he commanded the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them. He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.
Trust is defined as a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something.
We trust completely God, His Word and the leading of His Spirit.
We put tremendous trust in the leadership and stewardship that God has put in place here at Abbey Church. We also trust that each member will do what is necessary to accomplish the vision.
Some take pride in chariots, and others in horses,
but we take pride in the name of the Lord our God.
Forgiveness is the business of believers, the Church and above all God.
It should be extended to anyone asking for it. Because Jesus has bought our forgiveness by way of the Cross.
But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your offenses.
1 Corinthians 2: 1-3
When I came to you, brothers and sisters, announcing the mystery of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom. 2 I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.
Most people can spot fake a mile away. We are not interested in being anything but authentic. Authenticity is an attribute the Church and believers cannot quickly discount as unimportant. A Lack of authenticity leads to a crisis of identity.