THE SEVEN ESSENTIALS

 
GOSPEL CENTERED
 
The gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, is at the center of everything. Creation, history, scripture, life itself is all centered around Jesus. Because He is at the center of everything, He is the center of our church. We will not allow anything else to take His place.
 
SPIRIT EMPOWERED
 
We are empowered by the Spirit of God to live for the Glory of God. The Father is on the throne. Jesus is at the right hand of the Father preparing a place for us, and the Holy Spirit lives within us. Those who have placed their faith in the work of Jesus, receive the Spirit of Jesus and are empowered to live day by day for the glory of the Father.
 
WORD SATURATED
 
We are empowered as the Spirit of God speaks the word of God to our minds and hearts. We cannot truly understand God apart from the Son of God and we cannot understand the Son of God apart from the word of God and we cannot understand the word of God apart from the Spirit of God, and as the Spirit speaks his word to us.
 
PRAYER DEPENDANT
 
As he continues to speak this truth into our hearts and minds, we grow in believing him, we grow in trusting him and we grow in our dependency on him, that is expressed in our praying to him. We walk through life by the Spirit, with the Spirit and so it is essential that we are daily and moment by moment declaring our dependency on the Spirit through prayer.
 
LOVE MOTIVATED
 
We will not be faithful if we are motivated to love others by what we want to see happen, by what we want to build, by wanting to see our name become great. The only faithful motivation is wanting others to know the great love that we have been shown. We must be motivated to love by knowing God’s great love for us.
 
MISSION MINDED
 
God is on a mission to see this earth filled with his people, reconciled to him through his Son, living all of life for his glory. And God will accomplish this mission through his people, through his church. We are the body of Christ pursuing and calling people to join the body of Christ, so that they can then become disciples of Christ and join us on the mission of Christ.
 
COMMUNITY COMMITTED
 
God never intended for his people to do this alone. The body of Christ is designed in a way that there are no lone ranger Christians. We are a part of something so much bigger than ourselves. In order to be faithful we have to recognize that – that we cannot do this on our own, it will take all of us, together, in community empowered by the Spirit of God living for the glory of God in order to be faithful in the eyes of God. The local church is a community of people united by faith in the gospel on mission together.
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