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Our Core Values Are Essential

Dear Christ Church family,

Values matter. They are ESSENTIAL:  absolutely necessary for defining who we are and how we live. As individuals and as a church family, our core values determine our priorities, influence our relationships, and direct us in times of crisis. They help us decipher right from wrong, discern our purpose, and give meaning to our lives.

For all these reasons, having the right core values as we seek to better know and follow Christ is crucial. As Christ Church Nashville, we believe God has given us such core values in the forms of WORD, WORSHIP, PRAYER, COMMUNITY, DIVERSITY, and GENEROSITY.

WORD

As our first core value, the written and incarnate Word of God is our primary source in learning to better know God, one another, and ourselves. Through the written Word—the Bible—we learn God’s identity, nature, and will for His Creation and Kingdom. Through the incarnate Word—embodied in the life, teaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth—we experience the fullest revelation of God and our humanity in Christ. In giving us His Word, both written and incarnate, God has made a way for human beings to encounter His presence, rightly know God and ourselves, and experience transformation in the light of His truth and in the power of His Spirit. (Romans 12:2, Hebrews 4:12-16)

WORSHIP

As we experience who God is and learn what God has done for us, we respond in worship. Worship may involve singing and sacrament, proclamation and prayer, gathering and giving, and even awed silence and solitude. But in essence, worship is more than these things. To worship God as He desires, “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24), is to humbly and honestly offer the fullness of our everyday lives to Him as “living and holy sacrifices” (Romans 12:1). If we value worship as God does, we will seek to become more aware of and responsive to His presence not only when we gather as a congregation, but also in whatever daily circumstances, situations, and relationships we may find ourselves.

PRAYER

In prayer, we are invited to commune and communicate with our Creator. Like the Psalmists before us, we are privileged to share every need, concern, and grievance; to confess our sin and express our adoration; to give thanks and intercede on behalf of others. Yet prayer may also be a conversation. As we listen in prayer, especially in light of His Word, God ministers to our hearts and molds our will after His own. As followers of Christ, we learn to pray with a perspective in alignment with the Kingdom of God. As children of our Heavenly Father, we pray with hopeful persistence, knowing God hears us and is faithful and trustworthy in all things. (Matthew 6:5-13, Romans 12:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

COMMUNITY

The Word teaches us God has not intended for us to live this life alone (Genesis 2:18). We value Christian community as people committed to sharing life together in Christ. As many parts of the Body of Christ, we all need and belong to one another (Romans 12:4-5). Through all this life may bring, we gather around one another to “rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). In Christian community, we are invited to truly know and be known by one another. As we seek to serve and love one another as Christ has first done for us, God is made known to us and through us to those around us (John 13:34-35).

DIVERSITY

By the gracious will of our Creator, we cannot receive the fullness of Christian community without embracing God-given diversity. By God’s own design, all of Creation flourishes in diversity. As the Church, we value diversity for the same life-giving reason. We flourish when we experience unity in diversity as made possible by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12). Only God can weave together the diverse strands of spiritual gifts, life experiences, family histories, and ethnic heritages, which form the beautiful tapestry that is the Church. Like many parts of one Body, we each have our own unique role only we can play if the whole is to flourish.

GENEROSITY

Generosity is essential to the heart and nature of God. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” (John 3:16). By His self-giving sacrifice, we have been reconciled to God. By His generous Spirit, we have been made in the image of God and born again to grow in the likeness of Christ. Therefore, we seek to value and practice generosity in every aspect of our lives in grateful response to the One who has given us all we need for life and salvation in Him (2 Peter 1:3). With thanksgiving, we generously give of our time, service, compassion, talents, material goods, and monetary resources. When we know all we are and all we have comes from and belongs to the Lord, we are liberated to live in the overflowing abundance of His generous Spirit, not only for ourselves, but for those around us (John 4:14, Isaiah 58:11-12).

As Christ Church Nashville, our six core values are meant to give shape to who we are and all we do. They are indeed ESSENTIAL in the life of the Church; not only for our congregation, but in the shared life of the People of God in all times and places. In the practice of our core values, God is revealed and experienced, as we are transformed and united as the Body of Christ.

By His grace and in His Peace,

Senior Pastor

Pastor Ben & the Christ Church Staff