To understand why Chapel of Change does what we do, one must understand our core values.
That’s true for individuals too.
Our values determine our behavior.
Here goes our 7 core values.
1. CELEBRATION: We love to celebrate God’s work in our lives.
We believe the church should lead the way in celebration in this world.
If we do, we will win more people for Christ.
Psalms 100: 1-4 says, “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs…enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanls to him and praise His name.”
2. PASSION: We want to fall madly in love with Jesus.
We want to give our all to Jesus.
We want to serve the Lord out of love and appreciation, not religious obligation.
Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “Love the Lord your God with ALL your heart and with ALL your soul and with ALL your strength.”
The only way we will be able to do that is to fall madly in love with Jesus!
3. TRANSFORMATION: We want to be more like Christ.
God tells us over and over, “Be holy, because I am holy” (1Pet. 1:16).
Our motivation for holiness is to be more like Christ.
We believe Christians should be different and distinct from the world.
We believe Christians should say “no” to sin and “yes” to Jesus.
4. CONNECTION: We want to do life together.
The early church met in two places: the large gathering in the temple courts and the small gathering in homes (Acts 2:46).
Church life is more than just Sundays.
It’s more than just ushering in and out of Sunday celebrations.
We believe life is better together.
We all need Christians who are tracking through life with us.
5. CITY-FOCUSED: We want to impact our city for the good.
We believe in BEING the church more than just COMING to church.
We believe the city should be a better place because a gospel-centered church in planted there.
Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others, that they may SEE your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).
Our church paints bridges, cleans schools, mows lawns and invests resources and people power into our city.
6. DIVERSITY: We want to be a picture of Heaven on Earth.
In Heaven there is no White church, Brown church, Black church or Yellow church (Rev. 7:9).
Everyone in Heaven is together worshipping the Lord.
We want that now!
Therefore, we value diversity in our church.
We celebrate one another, not just tolerate one another.
Our staff is diverse. Our leaders are diverse. Our platform is diverse and our pews are diverse.
The true Gospel unifies people not separates them.
7. GENEROSITY: We want to be a church of radical givers.
We believe it’s more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).
Jesus calls us to live lives that are astonishingly generous.
We are generous not just for the sake of doing good but to make visible the generosity of God.
There you have it.
These are what makes Chapel of Change different.
These are what pumps through our blood.
Come check out what God is doing in us on Sundays.
In His grip,
Pastor Brian Warth
January 20, 2015