People Matter – Because people matter to God, they matter to us. Jesus came into a world full of darkness, pain and sin to reconcile people to God. He then sent us out as His ambassadors with the mission and purpose of reconciliation.
Luke 4:18-21; John 1:1-14, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Unity of Believers – As a new creation through Christ Jesus we are called to demonstrate our love for one another in a spirit of unity. Jesus entered the world to breakdown the walls of division in our lives and teach us how to love others with an active love.
John 13:34-35; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31; 2 Corinthians 5:17;1 John 4:7-12
Living in Community – The world is full of people making their way through this life alone but God said it is not good for man to be alone. Jesus came to bring us into God’s family. As God’s children we are to live in relationship with God and our fellow man. We are a community of believers living together to encourage and strengthen each other in this life.
Genesis 2:18; Acts 2:42-47, 4:32-35
Serving Others – Jesus did not come into the world to be served but to serve others. He set an example for us to follow. Jesus washed the feet of His disciples and ultimately laid His life down for others. He taught that the greatest in the kingdom of God would be the servant of all.
Matthew 20:25-28; John 13:1-16; Philippians 2:1-11
Engaging The Culture – Jesus constantly took the everyday things of life and used them to teach the deep truths of God and His kingdom. He met people where they were not expecting them to become something else to meet with Him.
Matthew 4:18-19; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; see the parables of Jesus