Freedom Way Church Values
The Things We Hold Dear
1. Be Devoted
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42)
- Devotion to the Word. God’s Word, the Bible, is perfect and inspired by Him. Everything we do centers on His written Word, and all things must be tested against the Word. The first and greatest commandment is to love God.
- Devotion to Fellowship. We care about one another, and are committed to each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. This is the second greatest commandment, to love others.
- Devotion to Christ (“in remembrance of Me”). We are committed to letting our knowledge of Christ permeate everything we do. We commit to celebrate the ordinance of communion frequently as a continual reminder of His great love for us.
- Devotion to Prayer. We commit to continually seek to commune with God through Jesus Christ.
2. Be Real
Jesus spoke against the performance of empty religious activity while ignoring the weightier matters- those things that God truly cares most about, such as “justice and the love of God” (Luke 11:39-42). We commit to strive to truly be who we say we are. Our faith must be authentic, which will produce real, positive change in our lives.
3. Be Rich Toward God
Jesus told a story of a man who tore down all of his barns to build bigger ones to store his riches. Later that night God called this man a fool, because his life was soon demanded of him. Jesus said this man and others like him, who invest only in earthly and not eternal things, are “not rich toward God”; He encouraged his followers to store up “treasure in heaven” (Luke 12:21,33). We commit to give all that we can, and then be great stewards of God’s resources. We embrace financial transparency and accountability.
4. Be Last
Jesus said, “there are those who are last that will be first” (Luke 13:30). He encouraged humility and practiced servant leadership. We commit to continually strive to be humble, knowing that this is the only way to approach and serve God.
5. Be a Reflection
Jesus told three stories about things that were lost (Luke 15). The coin, the sheep, and the son were all lost for different reasons, but we see the same heart of God for the lost in all of these stories. God rejoices with the angels when lost people come to Him. Simply put, He throws a party! We want to lead people to be a reflection of this great love that our heavenly Father has for lost people.