Friday, July 20, 2018

Faith Statement

 

Core Values

The following are the Core Values of Missionheart (not in order of importance):

      Intimacy with Jesus:

  • We focus all we do on Jesus and His Kingdom.
  • We practice openness to the Holy Spirit and God’s leading.
  •  We rely on the power of God.

      Relationships, not programs or empty religion:

  • We use simple, functional structures and programs to serve the people, not people to serve the programs (avoiding over-programming and complicated structures).
  • We lead and coach (disciple) by example, then instruction.
  • We share with those who want to receive (relational faith sharing and coaching).

      Christian faith community:

  • We are a community committed to believing in and following Jesus.
  • We live our lives as an expression of obedience and submission to Him and inviting His     presence into our community.
  • We are a community that seeks after and submits to the Word of God.
  • We encourage each other to follow Jesus more closely, promoting integrity within our community.

      Gift ministry - all who believe in Jesus and receive His indwelling Spirit have a personal call and ministry to God’s service as they follow Jesus. This is empowered by a gift, or gifts, of the Holy Spirit, as equals in God’s sight, regardless of position or gifting:

  • We are mutually submissive to one another as we use our gifts for the common good.
  • We work to provide followers of Jesus within our community with opportunities to discover, explore and master the expression of their God-given gifting.
  • We believe all spiritual gifts are available to all people as God chooses.

      Being a 24 hour church:

  • We know that following Jesus isn’t a spectator sport.
  • We practice faith, prayer and worship as a way of life (not just program attendance).
  • We prepare for and work towards around-the-clock ministry.

      Mission:

  • We are mission-focused. Working out of a faith community context to those who don’t have a relationship with Jesus and/or are in need, with the desire to see the great commission fulfilled and our community grow.
  • We desire to see people taking part in our supportive, life-giving faith community as functioning members and partners in the cause of following Jesus Christ.
  • We practice experiential faith not conceptual faith. The Good News of Jesus Christ is demonstrated through the power of God working in the lives of people and the world around us.
  • We attach importance to relevance (especially cultural) with integrity.
  • We desire to express unconditional love to all we meet.

      Prayer and strategic intercession:

  • We express prayer and intercession as being formative, foundational and functional in every aspect of the life of Missionheart. It is not just beneficial; rather it is essential on both personal and corporate levels.
  • We practice spiritual warfare, our focus is always God and obedience to Him and we resist Satan in light of this, not allowing Him to put us off our call (James 4:7).
  • We acknowledge the power of God and His salvation in Jesus Christ and pray for this salvation, healing, deliverance, miracles and God’s divine intervention.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for He has anointed me to preach Good News for the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the downtrodden will be freed from their oppressors, and that the time of the Lord’s favour has come.” – Jesus (NLT) Luke 4: 18-19

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