This is who we are at the core. These three statements mark the boundaries of everything we do and want to be as a Church; they are Biblically-based concepts that guide the life, teachings, and ministry of SJ1.
We want people to know who God is and how He can change their lives.
I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ (NLT).
- Phillippians 3:7-8
We want people to grow in their relationship with Christ by doing life together.
So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness (NLT).
- 1 Peter 2:1-3
Using the gifts and talents that God has given us to serve within our Church, Community and World.
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality (NLT).
- Romans 12:9-13