Some of our core values we have shared for years, others have been discovered on our journey as a church community. These values are an expression of the faith community we call The Park.
Acts Chapter 2 gives us a beautiful picture of the early church. The core of this early Gospel movement is described by people meeting with one another, sharing meals, and sharing the stories of God’s great deeds. The early church looked less like a weekly meeting and more like a family meal. We are adopted into the family of God and belong to one another. Therefore, we are long suffering with one another, transparent, encouraging, and honest.
// Ephesians 5:1-2
As we relate to one another as a family we are called to a culture of Sacrifice. Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. That’s a high calling, it requires you to love your neighbor as much as, or even more, than you love yourself. We are stewards of the gifts of God. Our money, time, and gifts are given to build up the people of God. The sacrifice of Christ is our example. What might our city look like if we were willing to give all of ourselves, all of our money, all of our time?
// Luke 24: 28-32
This is a beautiful encounter with Jesus. Two of his disciples are leaving Jerusalem, defeated. The man they concluded was the messiah was crucified. The revolution they bought into and sacrificed for seems to have come to an end. As the approach the village of Emmaus the resurrected Jesus presents himself. Can you imagine the conversation as “He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the scriptures.” Even still it wasn’t until they broke break together that the men realized they are speaking to Jesus. It’s in the presence of Jesus that they reflect, “our hearts were burning.” When we gather together on Sunday’s, meet homes throughout the week, or spend some time alone on the back porch with a cup of coffee and the scriptures we should often reflect, our hearts are burning. As a community we want to lean in to the presence of the living God, to drink deeply of the Spirit, and to see God’s mighty hand move in our generation.
// James 4:7
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
// Hebrews 13:17
Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
// Ephesians 5:20-21
Jesus calls His followers to a life of submission. Submission is an invitation to leadership. To follow His lead is to submit to His ways. This is lived out on a personal and community level. We are to individually submit ourselves to God in living according to His truth and ask the Holy Spirit for the power to do so. We are to follow the local leaders of the church as we gather to worship, pray, serve and apply God’s word to our lives. And finally, as a community of Jesus followers grows in it’s reverence for Him, our hearts find joy in submitting to one another.
// John 20:19-22
Not only are Christ followers called to join together for worship and celebration, we are called to join with Him on His mission to proclaim the gospel to those who’ve never heard it and make disciples of all nations. Our faith is personal but it’s not private. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are sent into the world as His witnesses to bear His message.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.
We believe that the God of the universe is at work healing and remaking the whole world. We see this in our own lives and God invites us to join in with Him in the ongoing work of making all things new. Following Jesus means that we a part of this mission and He invites us to become agents of renewal in our neighborhoods, spheres of influence and our city as a