Five Elements of a Healthy Church
July 4, 2016
As we begin this new week, I want to take a few minutes to expand upon a point from our series, Living a Christ-Centered Life.
The Five Core Values of Living a Christ-Centered Life:
- Fellowship (Connect)
- Ministry (Serve)
- Worship (Attend)
- Discipleship (Grow)
- Evangelism (Give)
Over the next few weeks, these topics will be explored. For today’s moment, let’s focus on one word – VALUES.
Philippians 3:8 reads,
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]
People should not have to squint to “see” whether or not we are living Christ-centered lives!
Values determine connections.
The values people hold determine several things in life: friends, influences, links, networks, relationships, etc.
It has been explained this way, “Values guide our thinking and thinking turns into activities. Activities turn to habits, and habits become a lifestyle.”
Once a lifestyle is established, it is very difficult to change.
Our purpose, at LWFC, is to get each person to develop a lifestyle that reflects Christ-centered values!
If the activities of life are not connected to a purpose or strong core values, life can feel like a hamster on its wheel – always spinning, but never going anywhere!
Our greatest challenge is living according to God’s values rather than the values of the world.
The first step in building Christ-like values is recognizing and accepting Jesus for who he is and what he has done for each of us. It is through him that we are connected to God and eternal life.
Our connection with God only goes as deep as our connection with Jesus.
Matthew 10:32 – 33 reads:
Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven. [NLT]
As you go out this week, consider your values carefully and examine your connections in all aspects of your life. What conflicts with Christ-centered values come up? Where could Christ-centered values improve relationships or situations?
Take time to examine your values and connections. No one wants to be the hamster on the wheel.
Christ-centered for Life,