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GOD IS GOOD +

Jesus reveals the love and the priorities of the Father in His ministry and sacrifice - He is perfect theology (Hebrews 1:2-3; Colossians 1:19, 2:9; John 1:1, 18; 3:16-17, 14:6-7, 8:1-11, 19).

The enemy comes to steal and kill, but Jesus comes to destroy demonic activity and give us an abundant life (John 10:9-11; 1 John 3:8; Matthew 9:11-13)

God describes Himself as gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in love. God is good and, by nature, in a good mood (Psalms 103:8-14; Numbers 14:18; Zephaniah 3:17; Galatians 5:22-23; Matthew 7:11; Exodus 34:5-7).

God is good regardless of our circumstances (Nahum 1:7; Romans 5:8, 8:28-32; James 1:17)

God is generous. As we remember and retell what He's done in testimonies, He is able and eager to do it again (John 3:16; Revelation 12:11, 19:10; Joshua 4:1-9)

GODS WORD TRANSFORMS +

The goal of Scripture is to bring us into relationship with the Author and transform us into His likeness (Psalms 119:105; Matthew 4:4; 2 Corinthians 3:15-18; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; James 1:22-25).

We encounter God in the Word, and faith is released into our lives. As we study Scripture, it reveals to us who God is, who we are and how He wants us to live (Psalms 119:105; Matthew 7:24-28; John 8:31-32; John 17:17; Romans 10:17; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Colossians 3:15-17).

The Word of God is the source of infallible authority by which we judge all insight and prophetic revelation (Proverbs 30:5-6; Matthew 22:29; John 8:31-32; Colossians 1:6-9; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21).

FOCUSED ON HIS PRESENCE +

God delights in us and has always desired to be with us. We focus on His presence because we have discovered He is focused on us (Ephesians 1:4-5; Zephaniah 3:17; John 6:44; Jeremiah 31:3; Psalms 65:4).

Our first ministry is to God. When we recognize Him, we are moved to worship with joyous passion and encounter Him in prayer, the word, and fellowship throughout the day (Psalms 27:4; Luke 10:42; James 4:8; Psalms 23:6; Psalms 23:6; Psalms 26:8; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Psalms 1:1-3).

Purposely cultivating hunger for God’s manifest presence and openness to Holy Spirit experiences deepens our friendship with God and the awareness that we carry His presence in the world (Psalms 73:28; John 1:16; Psalms 107:9; Matthew 5:6; Isaiah 55:1-2; 1 Corinthians 3:16).

As a lifestyle, we focus on Him while we minister and attempt to say what God is saying and do what He is doing (John 5:19-20; 5:30; 12:49-50; 14:10; 1 John 4:16-17).

SALVATION CREATES IDENTITY +

Jesus has won absolute victory. We are forgiven and freed from the enemy's power of sin, sickness, lies and torment, so now we operate in the power of righteousness, healing, truth and joy (Romans 6:4; Romans 8:1-4; Romans 8:14-16; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20).

We are adopted as royalty into God’s family and commanded to help others be reconciled to God and come “home” (John 1:12; Romans 8:14-16; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21).

We are simultaneously servants, children, and trusted friends of God (Matthew 23:10-12; John 15:15; John 1:12).

We are new creations, not merely “sinners saved by grace,” but saints who have been given His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 1:17; Romans 3:28; Romans 8:29-30).

THE KINGDOM IS ADVANCING +

We have a big God and the devil is small and defeated. Yes, we are in a battle, but the outcome is not in doubt (1 John 4:4; Romans 8:31-39; John 12:31; 1 John 2:13; 1 John 5:4; Acts 4:23-31; Mark 5:1-11).

We believe and live the prayer, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as in heaven.” Therefore, we partner with the King in natural and supernatural ways to create mercy, justice, and righteousness until He comes (Matthew 6:9-10; Matthew 10:42; Matthew 25:40; Matthew 10:7-8; John 14:12).

Every believer is in full-time ministry because God is advancing His Kingdom, not just building His Church. Our work and effort, whether big or small, inside or outside the church, is sacred and valuable to God (Colossians 3:23-24; Daniel 6:3; Proverbs 22:29; Isaiah 60:1-5; Matthew 13:31-32).

As the Kingdom advances, there will be resistance and conflict, but we expect the culture to be changed as people experience God's nature and partner in His plan for the world (John 15:19-21; 2 Corinthians 4:8-11; 2 Corinthians 12:10; Luke 12:11-12; John 16:33; Acts 4:23-31).

CREATING HEALTHY FAMILY +

We are adopted into God’s family, so we intentionally create family and community wherever we go (Ephesians 2:19; Acts 2:44-47; Galatians 6:10; 1 Peter 2:17; Hebrews 2:11).

We think like healthy family members by doing what’s best for the whole environment and submitting to one another and by not being selfish (Ephesians 5:21; Galatians 5:13; Philippians 2:3; Romans 12:9-21).

We purposely grow our individual capacity to trust and be trusted in covenant relationships as we empower and confront one another to live out who we truly are (Matthew 18:15; 1 Corinthians 4:14-21; 1 Thessalonians 5:14).

We are loyal, and loyalty is demonstrated most radically when people fail. We don’t punish and abandon people to save face or convince the world that we hate sin, but love to see them restored (Matthew 18:15; John 8:1-11; Galatians 6:1; Psalms 141:5; 1 Corinthians 4:21).

HONOUR AFFIRMS VALUE +

Honour recognizes and affirms how valuable and powerful other people are because they are made in His image and He died to restore them to relationship. We are significant (Genesis 1:26; Ephesians 4:22-24; Romans 12:10).

The level of value we have for one another influences the measure of impact we have on each other (Matthew 10:41; John 13:35; Philippians 2:1-4).

We call out the best in people and celebrate them in spite of our differences, responding to people based on who we are and their God-given identity, not simply their behaviour or self-definition (1 Corinthians 12:18; 24-26, 14:3; Philippians 4:8).

Honour must be demonstrated through consistent respect in word and action toward those we lead, follow, love and disagree with. Honour avoids controlling others but does confront, limit and discipline when necessary (1 Corinthians 13:1-7; 1 Corinthians 4:13; 2 Timothy 2:11-16).