I’m going to begin writing about our church’s kingdom core values. So, I thought it appropriate to write an introduction to why kingdom core values are important. In this post I’ll explain three key ideas behind the “why” of our values based approach to ministry and life.
The Kingdom and the Church
As a Church we celebrate Kingdom values at our core. There is an understanding throughout Jesus’ teachings that He brought the Kingdom of God, or the Kingdom of Heaven to us through His ministry. It is something for us to enter, inherit and develop within us. Click here for a resource of verses about the subject. From Luke 17:11-21 we realize that the Kingdom of God, which is in us. When we are born again, we are placed on a journey to develop the values of the Kingdom within us.
The kingdom and the Church are not separate from one another. The Church, as an organization, exists within the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God exists within the Church, the born again sons and daughters of God the Father through Jesus Christ.
Values Driven Life and Ministry
As a Church we are values driven. We are driven by values personally and as an organization. The values we seek out are Kingdom values. Jesus and the Apostles teach Kingdom Values throughout the Word of God. This drive shapes our decisions. My wife and I (the Senior Pastors), our Senior Pastoral Team, Elders and Deacons of Calvary all make decisions in our ministries based on Kingdom values. Not rules. Not programs. Not tradition. Kingdom. We live this way in our personal lives, and it shows up in our areas of influence.
Perhaps the biggest surprise in being driven by Kingdom values is how it shows up in relationships. Everything in life, and I mean everything, becomes relationship centered. This concept is a lifelong journey of learning to maintain health boundaries, keep community and develop family relationships as a church and as individuals.
There was a time when all of my relationships from close to acquaintance looked scary and dangerous. Now I have a love shield. My shield grows through each new encounter in relationship. My shield exists to protect my connection in relationships.
John 15:15 (message)
I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.