Core Values of Our Congregation:
The elders have selected five values which they believe the Rochester church should take special note of and work toward. They are:
(1) Loving God above all else
(3) A Servant’s Heart
(4) Strong Christian Relationships
(5) Being Spirit filled and Spirit led.
Scriptures and a brief description or definition for each value are as follows:
1. Loving God Above All Else
Scriptures: Matt 22:37, I John 4:16
Description: Jesus said this command was superior to all others. It will cause us to care deeply for His Word, The Bible. We will care deeply for His Son, Jesus, who said that He and the Father were one. We will hate what God hates and we will love whoat He loves. We must love His children as He does.
Scriptures: James 4:8; Titus 2:7; Romans 12:17; Matthew 5:37
Description: Being genuine and absent of pretense. It is being honest and pure in all that we do. It includes being humble and willing to own up to our sins and failures. It is an openness or transparency toward others.
3. A Servant’s Heart
Scriptures: I Peter 4:10-11; Eph. 6:7; Matt 25:34-36; Mk. 10:43; Eph. 6:7;
Description: A willingness to serve others and to serve the Lord in whatever way we can. A servant’s heart should spring from deep gratitude for the blessings we have received.
4. Strong Christian Relationships
Scriptures: Hebrews 10:24,25; I John 1:7; Romans 12:4-10
Description: Fellowship. Loving and serving one another within the church. Believing in, honoring, respecting, praying for, praising, and caring for one another. It is being patient and tolerant yet holding each other accountable according to God’s will.
5. Being Spirit Filled and Spirit led
Scriptures: Romans 15:13; Galatians 5:22-25; I Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30
Description: An awareness and acknowledgement of our own inabilities to be all that we should be without God’s Holy Spirit. It is counting on the Holy Spirit to be the unseen force and Spirit in our prayers and in our meetings and church family interactions. We must submit to, walk in, quench not, and allow God’s Holy Spirit to prevail. It is a deep dependence upon the Word of God, as the Sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17) to empower, enlighten, strengthen, and work within us.