This Is Us

This Is Us pt. 1

Core Value 1: We Value Family


“We do marriage according to Dr. Phil, raise our children according to Dr. Spock, govern our sex lives according to Dr. Ruth, and only run to Dr. Jesus when things have gotten so bad we can’t find another doctor to help us.” - Dr. Voddie Baucham 

1.    Family is THECentral Theme of the Bible

-       The first institution that God ever gave the world 

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth 

-       God makes his covenants with families

Genesis 9:9 “Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you,

Genesis 15:18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates,

Deuteronomy 8:18 You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day

-       The Metaphor of family is how God revealed himself

Matthew 3:16-17 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

-       The model for the Church is family

Galatians 4:28 Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise.

2.    Family of Families 

Matthew 11: 28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

We believe that we are BETTER TOGTHER

3.    Family Driven Church

As a Church we will make the commitment to:

·      Help to strengthen marriages 

“The greatest source of security our children have in this world is a God-honoring, Christ-centered marriage between their parents.” Dr. Voddie Baucham 

·      Assist parents in educating the children in the ways of God.

·      Fill in the gaps when members of the family are absent.

·      Equip people to provide for themselves and their families financially.

·      Help fathers learn to be fathers and mothers to learn to be mothers

4.    Church Driven Families

Eph. 3:14-15 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named

Our primary acts of evangelism and discipleship will happen in our own homes. 

This Is Us pt. 2

Core Value: Prayer and Worship

We Value prayer and worship that is Spirit led, God glorifying, and life changing.

Today God is calling his Church back to worship. This can be seen in high church circles where there is a renewed interest in intimacy with God. It can be seen in low church circles where there is a renewed interest in liturgy. It can be seen everywhere in between these two. It is as if God is saying, “I want the hearts of my people back!” And if we long to go where God is going and do what God is doing, we will move into deeper, more authentic worship. – Richard J. Foster

1.   We were created to worship

Isaiah 43:21 The people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.

You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you. – Augustine

2.   Prayer and worship go together like matches and gasoline.

Worship and intercession must go together; one is impossible without the other. – Oswald Chambers

3.   Worship and prayer must be Spirit led.

4.   Worship and prayer are meant for God’s glory.

5.   Worship and prayer are the way in which God changes lives.

The Bible describes worship in physical terms. The root meaning for the Hebrew word we translate worship is “to prostrate.” The word bless literally means “to kneel.” Thanksgiving refers to “an extension of the hand.” Throughout Scripture we find a variety of physical postures in connection with worship: lying prostrate, standing, kneeling, lifting the hands, clapping the hands, lifting the head, bowing the head, dancing, and wearing sackcloth and ashes. The point is that we are to offer God our bodies as well as all the rest of our being. Worship is appropriately physical. – Richard J. Foster

This Is Us pt.3

Core Value: Unity

We value gospel directed unity that breaks down barriers of culture, ethnicity, economics, and age. 

John 4: 1-30

“God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated churches where the gospel is cherished—these are the birthplace of the kind of racial harmony that gives long-term glory to God and long-term gospel good to the world.” 

― Bryan Loritts

Jesus’ formula for breaking down barriers… 

·      He positioned himself for engagement 

·      He refused to except the standard premise

·      He acknowledges the barrier and its causes 

·      He offers a new way 

Ethnicity – Culture – Economics – Age

-       What about gender?

-       What about sexual orientation?  

The truth about Unity

1.    Unity is a Christian Mandate 

“Believers are never told to become one; we already are one and are expected to act like it.”  - 

Joni Eareckson Tada

“The gospel Paul preached destroyed racism (“neither Jew no Greek”), economic classism (“slave nor free”), and gender inequality (“no male and female”). The local church should be a mosaic that the world looks at and says, “So that’s what heaven looks like.” ― Derwin L. Gray

2.    Unity takes intentionality

“If our vertical reconciliation to God required intentionality, then our horizontal reconciliation necessitates the same intentionality.” 

― Bryan Loritts

3.    Unity always takes reconciliation and forgiveness

“we are inevitably our brother’s keeper because we are our brother’s brother.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This Is Us pt. 4

Core value number 4- Our community

We value the community around us and believe that God has strategically placed this family of believers in the greater Centralia community because he intends for us to take the Gospel to the people of this city.  If we ever stop fulfilling this God-given task, then we have become useless and no longer function as a church of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 28:18-20,

 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[b] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

1.    Why do we care about our community?

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.

“The local Church is the hope of the world”

The church is plan A and there is no plan B.

2.    What are we supposed to do for our community?

3.    How are we supposed to do reach our community?

“You may break the clods, you may sow your seeds, but what can you do without the rain? As absolutely needful is the divine blessing.”

― Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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Core Value # 5- Generosity

We value Christ like generosity. It is a Christian’s joyous privilege to give of all we have for the advancement of the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Matthew 13:44-46 

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

1.   Everybody wants to be happy

“All people seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.” ― Blaise Pascal

By human nature every action that we take is at its root an effort to increase our own pleasure and happiness.

2.   The value of your treasure determines the magnitude of your pleasure

Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

We settle for inferior pleasures because we really do not understand what God is offering to us. 

“God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them.” - Augustine

3.   Generosity is always a result of pleasure

For the Christian…being generous is a joy!

2 Cor. 9:7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

…what is your pleasure? And who is your treasure?