"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1). Without a way to say it any more eloquently, I value the word of God. I believe that the Bible is the inherent word of God that He gave to us. I believe that it has power and that it has the power to change hearts and to open minds. I believe it speaks to all things and to all people. I value the study of it for greater knowledge, as well as the devotion to it for deep change.
I believe that the more we study the word of God, the more our depravity and brokenness is revealed. I value the act of engaging in brokenness for the sake of sanctification. I believe there is so much good in the act of recognizing our brokenness and inviting God to be a part of it. It is my belief that during a good portion of our life and days we are operating out of deep hurt and from this deep hurt comes sin. It is not until we recognize that the only healing is through entering into a right relationship with God that we will have peace and contentment, not that this completely rids us of the hurt that we have experienced, but our peace and contentment no longer stand on the circumstances of our lives but on the one who gives us life and we are then engaging with life, others, and hurt from a rooted place rather than fighting and trying to control these other things to gain rootedness.
I value the local church. I believe that the local church is a vital part to all Christian's walks. My deep love for the local church stems from when I became a Christian and my local church showed up for me in big ways. I know that had I not been involved in a local church I would have struggled far more in my Christian walk. I find value in the local church for accountability, encouragement, a place to grow spiritually, a place to serve and a place to be a part of the body of Christ. The body is the body for a reason; we need each other.
I value care. I get very excited and energized at the thought and ability to care for
people in avenues they do not commonly receive care from. An example of an avenue that is not thought commonly to care for people is organization and administration, though I do think the world, the church, and many organizations are in need of it. I have found in many experiences that enhanced organization, as well as administration, have increased felt care as well as decreased feelings of confusion, feelings of being unheard, feelings of frustration, and feelings of being not valued.
In my ministry, my greatest desire is to be following God's plan and doing His work, and because that is my greatest desire, I value the Word of God.
Labels/Tags: Bible, Church, Local, Care, Sanctification, Sin
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