Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Values 1 of 3

“Values” are demonstrated in behaviors. Leaders 4 Life has three main values: 1) preaching the gospel and building the church; 2) leadership; and 3) expertise. Below is an explanation of the first of these three, along with a few additional aspects which flow out of this first value. 

First Presbyterian Church, Freetown

·         Preaching the Gospel & building the Church – We preach the gospel. It is the only thing which can remedy the basic problems of humanity by changing the human heart. We build up the church. The church is the vehicle which God has ordained to bring redemption to the world. Out of this value flows the following traits …
o   Prayer – Prayer is woven into who we are and into everything we do. We cannot produce true and lasting transformation without God’s help, so we pray.
o   Discipleship – The “Great Commission” of Matthew 28:19 does not prescribe evangelism per se, but commands that we “make disciples.” The preaching of the gospel and the making of fully-committed followers of Christ is the essence of the church’s mission.
o   Compassion – We strive to be people who exude compassion and love in both our attitudes as well as our actions. We seek to be compassionate whether we are engaged in evangelism, leadership training, or providing clean water.
o   Responding to the Holy Spirit – Just as the Holy Spirit empowered and guided the early church (Acts 2), so we seek to be sensitive to the Spirit, submitting to His leading and relying upon his power. This means we submit our plans to the Spirit but we are also flexible enough to capitalize on un-planned for, Spirit-led opportunities.
o   Integrity – Integrity (honesty, truthfulness, uprightness) is basic to the Christian faith as well as to the running of any organization. Integrity instills confidence in those who partner with us. Unfortunately, corruption is rife in Sierra Leone. The lack of integrity in some charities also causes mistrust. Therefore, we seek to be transparent in our dealings, especially with our finances, and we refuse to participate in bribery or corruption of any kind (Exodus 23:8; Deuteronomy 16:19). In addition, we seek to have integrity in dealing with the vulnerable, especially children.

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