Live to Love
Found people Find People
Gratitude Reflects Generosity
Forgiveness is Forever
Care to Connect
Joyfully Serve Others
Defining Core Values – The Core Values of an organization or a Church are those values we hold which form the foundation on which we perform, work, and conduct ourselves. We have six (6) Core Values at South Side we’ve developed as leaders to challenge each of us who have committed our lives to sharing our faith with our community and world. Core Values are not descriptions of the work we do or the strategies we employ to accomplish our mission. These values define our work, how we interact with each other, and, which strategies we will use to fulfill our mission.
In Acts 13: 36 NASB we read, “For David … served the purpose of God in his own generation.” This must be our purpose as well!
Allow me to share our purpose in these Core Values
Live to Love … In John’s first letter to “Believers” he wrote these words of encouragement saying … “We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So, we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion – how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” I John 3: 16 – 18 NLT
Found People Find People … In the book of Acts, chapter 2, we find a wonderful description of how people, whose lives were changed, shared what they received from God and how their lives were changed as well.
The result of sharing their faith is described in verse 47, “And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” Acts 2: 47 NLT
Gratitude Reflects Generosity … Generosity is a trademark of committed believers in scripture. Again the Bible provides us with solid evidence of this truth – 2 Corinthians, chapters 8 – 9, describe a group of churches in Macedonia who were being tested by many trials and troubles; they were described as living in extreme poverty, while at the same time practicing uncommon generosity –
Paul, the apostle described them saying, “For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem. They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do.” 2nd Corinthians 8: 3 – 5 NLT
Forgiveness is Final … In Hebrews, chapter 8, the writer describes a new covenant with a new high priest; Jesus Christ! While God had established covenants with Noah and Abraham, at Mount Sinai, with the entire Hebrew nation and then with David, we are told that when God made a “new covenant” established and guaranteed by the blood of his Son Jesus, all others would be obsolete. Verse 12 sums it all up saying, “And I will forgive their wickedness and I will never again remember their sins.” Hebrews 8:12 NLT
Care Enough to Connect … Once again; we turn to the book of Hebrews where the writer is reminding believers of their heavenly prize; eternal life, and how important our fellowship here on earth is as we prepare for our eternal home in heaven. As we anticipate the coming of Christ, we must remember our relationships with other believers – He writes, “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10: 23 – 25 NLT
Joyfully Serve Others … “For you’ve been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But do not use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13 NLT