Any Gospel that leaves room for human boasting is a deficient Gospel. Our value does not rest in ourselves, but in being loved by God.
Doctrine matters. What we believe about God changes how we relate to Him and how we live our lives. No church is healthy when it is a safe place for wolves to harm the flock without fear of being confronted.
Our local church is a spiritual family to whom we belong and are committed to love, serve, encourage, strengthen and sharpen for the glory of God. It’s a community that derives life from a mutual love for and a shared experience with Jesus.
Significance in our lives flows from working for our Lord Jesus with faith and zeal. A good life is a life invested zealously in the mission of Christ: proclaiming His Gospel and strengthening His church for discipleship.
Significance in our lives flows from serving our Lord Jesus with faith and zeal. While Jesus does not call every one of His disciples to change their vocation in life, He does call every one of His disciples to change their mission for life.
Self-centeredness always presses the church to be about disputable matters. God-centeredness always yields disputable matters over to God and humbly pursues the spiritual health of others. When we think about our love for one another in God’s future plan, we gain strength and motivation for loving one another in God’s present plan.
Our radical worship of God leads us to confront our own selfishness. Self-centeredness always presses the church to be about disputable matters, while God-centeredness always yields disputable matters over to God and humbly pursues the spiritual health of others.
Our devotion to God leads us to maintain unity. We must go out of our way to welcome one another in love without letting disputable matters disrupt the health of the church.