OUR CORE VALUES


Elevation Church Core Values


THE PRESENCE OF GOD

Core Value

The Presence of God is the Supreme core value of Elevation Church. Everything that we do flows from the reality that God is here, and His desire is intimacy with us, His Children.  


Being aware of the presence of God and the work of the Holy Spirit within us, and through us, is key to deepening our relationship with Jesus and seeing His glory cover the earth. Our ministry is more about what Jesus is doing than it is about any formula or procedure. Ephesians 1:4–5; Zephaniah 3:17; Jeremiah 31:3; Psalm 65:4; 1 John 3:1; Revelation 3:20; 1 John 4:19.


Focusing on the Presence means that we worship Him in passion, and in doing so we become even more like Him. Psalm 27:4; Luke 10:39–42; James 4:8; Psalm 1:1–3; Psalm 23:6; Psalm 26:8; John 4:23; Psalm 22:3.   


This Means

We put our connection to Jesus first in all aspects of our lives.  It is natural for us to experience Him in prayer, worship, Scripture, relationships, at work, and in the world around us. 1 John 1:3; Matthew 6:6–15; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18; Colossians 3:17. 


When we focus on God, our awareness of His workings grows, and we “see” more of Him. James 4:8; Matthew 5:6; Matthew 6:3.


Focusing on God transforms us into His likeness.  Our Christlikeness is revealed. Exodus 20:3; 2 Corinthians 3:16–18; 2 Corinthians 5:18–20; Matthew 22:37.


Just to clarify

We are not saying that we disengage from the world!  The world is Jesus’ inheritance and His Presence MUST move us outside the doors of the church. Hebrews 10:25; 1 Corinthians 4:12; Galatians 6:10; Matthew 18:20; John 17: 18.


We are not saying that we do nothing if we don’t get direction from the Holy Spirit. Oftentimes waiting looks like stewarding the thing you HAVE been given while waiting for Him to reveal the next thing. Matthew 25:21, 1 Corinthians 4:2, Hebrews 10:23.


We are not saying that we don’t need training, equipping, and community. The Church has always, and will always need teaching, equipping, and training (until the return of Jesus). Ephesians 4:11-16, 2 Timothy 3:16-17



GOD IS GOOD

Core Value

Jesus is the perfect representation of God. His life, ministry, sacrifice, and message all confirm the radical goodness of the Father. John 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:2-3; John 14:6-7; Isaiah 9:6; Colossians 1:19; Colossians 2:9; John 1:1; John 1:18; John 8:1 - 11; John 8:19.


Our current lot in life (position, circumstance, etc.), do not negate His goodness. Romans 8:28-32; James 1:12-18; Hebrews 11:6; Nahum 1:7; Matthew 10:29-31; Acts 16:23 -26.


Nothing that Jesus does looks like the enemy! To kill, steal, or destroy isn’t the nature of Jesus. John 10:10-11; 1 John 3:8; Acts 10:38; 1 Peter 5:8-10; Ephesians 6:12; Mark 5: 1-19.


The goodness of God is without limit or measure!  The testimony of what He has done creates spiritual momentum that will lead to even more breakthrough. Simply, when we give testimony, God does it again! Romans 10:15-17; Hebrews 13:7-8; Acts 10:34-48; Revelation 19:10; Psalm 44:1-5; Psalm 119:11; Mark 5:18-21; Deuteronomy 6:17-24; 1 Chronicles 16:23-36; Joshua 4:1-9.


 God’s nature is good, and only good. His extravagant goodness means that He is slow to anger, rich in love, and desires that none should perish. He is in a good mood.  Psalm 103:8-13; Acts 14:16-17; James 1:17-18; 2 Peter 3:9; Matthew 7:11; Galatians 5:22-23; Psalm 119:68; Zephaniah 3:17; Psalm 104; Exodus 34:5 - 7; Acts 17:22-31.

 

This Means

God is for us, and always has been. He has defeated death, redeemed us from sin, and restored us to right relationship. Romans 5:8; Romans 8:31-32; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:19.


God is happy with us, not disappointed or angry. 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Romans 14:17-18; John 10:10; Romans 2:4; Zephaniah 3:17.


God wants good things for His children, in every area of life. Psalm 103:1-5; 2 Corinthians 9:8-10; Genesis 12:1-3; Isaiah 26:3; Isaiah 53:4-6; Luke 9:6; Luke 9:56; 3 John 1:2; Jeremiah 29:11.


God does not cause illness!  Jesus modeled what ministry is supposed to look like, healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising the dead. Matthew 4:23; Matthew 8:2-3; Acts 10:38; Mark 3:20-27.


We start with the belief that God wants to see everyone saved and healed. 1 Timothy 2:4; Acts 10:38; Ezekiel 33:11; Matthew 4:23-24; Matthew 8:1-3; Matthew 8:16-17; Matthew 9:35; Matthew 14:34-36; Mark 6:56; Luke 9:11.


You can’t miss your destiny as easily as you think. God doesn’t only give you one shot, and He doesn’t take His gifts from your life. Romans 11:29; Romans 8:28; Ephesians 1:4-6.


God is constantly revealing Himself in us and pruning us into the perfect image of Jesus. He delights in walking out the process with us. Ephesians 2:10; Psalm 139:13-17; John 15:1-2; Hebrews 12:5-13.


God hears and always responds to our prayers. James 1:5; James 1:17; Romans 8:26-27; Romans 8:32; 1 John 5:14 - 15; Matthew 7:7; Luke 18:1-8; 2 Corinthians 1:20.

 

Just to Clarify

Our behavior matters, and can result in cutting ourselves off from receiving His blessings.  1 John 1:5-7; Hebrews 10:26-27; 2 Timothy 2:19; Proverbs 8:13; Hebrews 9:27; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Galatians 5:13-24.


God will correct and confront us, because He is a good father and has our best in mind. Hebrews 12:7-11; Ephesians 4:17-32; Isaiah 65:2.


Free will is so powerful, that some people will choose hell over heaven in spite of God’s love. John 3:17-18; Romans 1:20-23; Romans 8:1-8; Matthew 7:21-23.


Being a Christian doesn’t mean we won’t have trials and tribulations (great opportunities for growth). 2 Timothy 3:12; John 16:33; Romans 8:31-39; Philippians 3:10; Psalm 34:19; James 1:2-4.


Part of the life of a Christian is stewarding your gifts and talents, making the shift from immaturity to skillful use of the gifts and maturity. Matthew 25:14-30; 2 Timothy 1:6; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Philippians 3:12-14.


If the weight of the blessing will crush us, God will show mercy by refusing to answer prayers whose answer we cannot handle. 2 Peter 3:9; Isaiah 55:8-9; Luke 18:1-8; Philippians 4:6-7. 



I AM SUPERNATURAL

Core Value

We are adopted as royalty into God’s family and commanded to help others be reconciled with Father and come home. Romans 8:14-17; John 1:12; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 3:1; Luke 15:11-32.


Every believer is part of the Bride of Christ. This means that we are servants, friends, and co-heirs with Him. Royalty, and part of a royal priesthood. John 15:12-15; Psalm 16:11; Hebrews 1:9; Hebrews 12:2; Matthew 25:23; Psalm 100:2; Galatians 1:10; Matthew 23:11-12; John 1:12; 1 John 3:1; Matthew 25:14-30.


We are new creations, not merely sinners saved by grace but saints who have been given His righteousness so we can partner with our Father God.2 Corinthians 5:17-21; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Romans 3:21-26; Romans 8:1, 30; Galatians 2:19-20; Acts 26. 


Jesus has won absolute victory! We are forgiven and freed from the enemy's power of sin, sickness, lies, and torment. Now we live in the power of righteousness, healing, truth, and joy! Romans 8:1-4; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:4; Galatians 2:20; Hebrews 2:14-15; Galatians 5:22-24; 1 Corinthians 15:56-57; Revelation 1:12-18.


This Means

When we are born again, our very nature changes.  We become saints, not sinners.  Sin consciousness is an obstacle to walking out our new nature in Christ. Ephesians 2:4-6; Romans 3:24; Romans 8:1-4; Romans 8:29-30; Romans 8:33-34; Galatians 2:20; 1 John 4:17.


 We no longer live under shame or condemnation because it has been lifted off of us by His grace. Romans 8:1; John 3:17.


Freedom, blessing, and abundant life are available to us now. John 10:10; 3 John 2; 2 Corinthians 9:8-11; Matthew 6:33; Mark 10:29-30; Proverbs 3:9-10; Philippians 4:19.


God doesn’t remember our sins nor hold them against us, therefore we are not defined by our past. Isaiah 43:25; Psalm 103:12; Micah 7:19; Romans 6:4; Romans 8:1-2; Hebrews 9:26; 1 John 1:9; Acts 3:19; 2 Corinthians 5:17.


The world is our mandate. For this reason, we have been given free access to the resources of heaven. Matthew 18:18-19; Luke 9:1-2; Luke 10:1, 19; Matthew 28:18-19; John 14:12-14; Ephesians 2:10; Acts 10:37-38; Luke 15:31.


We are seated in heavenly places, and live from that reality. Philippians 3:20; Ephesians 2:4-7, 19; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 4:17; Colossians 1:13; Colossians 3:1-3. 


Our desire is for His righteousness to manifest in the world around us, and through us. Matthew 5:6; Matthew 6:33; Acts 2:42-47; Philippians 4:8.


We believe that we can receive gifts, increase, and anointing through impartation via the laying on of hands. Matthew 10:41; Acts 13:2-3; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6; Romans 1:11-12.


Just to clarify

We don’t get to Lord our position over others. Jesus models true royalty, which is focused on service rather than being served.  John 13:13-17; Matthew 20:28; Mark 9:35, 10:42-45.


We haven’t arrived. We are new creations in process, still being sanctified and transformed more fully into His image. Philippians 3:12-15; Matthew 6:32-33; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 3: 17-18.


Bad choices will bear bad fruit in our lives. We don’t gloss over the potential damage that sin can cause. We are quick to clean up messes and reconcile. James 5:16; 1 John 1:7-9; 1 John 2:1-2; Acts 5:1-11.


We do not just do whatever we want to do. As powerful people, our actions can actually work against the plan of God in the world, and have an impact on our community. Galatians 5:13-26; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; Ephesians 5:15-21; Romans 6:1-2; 1 Corinthians 8:9.


 The Holy Spirit convicts us when we do anything that is outside the standards of the Kingdom. 2 Corinthians 7:9-10; Romans 6:1-2; Luke 19:8-10; Psalm 51.


 Looking like Jesus doesn’t mean we are Jesus. We are the bride. Hebrews 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-20; Colossians 2:9-12; John 5:19-27; Matthew 24:4-5. 



I HEAR GOD BETTER THAN I THINK

Core Value

God is always speaking. It is our responsibility to focus on His voice and learn to better hear Him.  John 10:26-28; John 16:13; Matthew 4:4; Isaiah 50:4-5; 1 John 2:27; Acts 2:17; Numbers 11:29; 1 Kings 19: 9-13.


Prophecy is speaking the words of the Father to encourage, comfort, and edify people. We are called to desire this gift, to reveal what is in the Father’s heart toward His children. Prophecy reveals and establishes identity and confirms the will of God. 1 Corinthians 14:1-4; John 12:49; 1 Timothy 4:14-16; Acts 2:17; 1 Corinthians 14:24-25; Acts 13:1-3.


Prophecy doesn’t just involve the person giving the word! It is a community affair between God, the one giving the word, the one receiving, and the body hearing and verifying the word. Anything that isn’t encouraging and edifying, probably isn’t from God. We cling to what is good, and “flush” the rest. 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22; 1 Corinthians 14:29; Luke 9:55; Acts 21:10-22:24; Acts 27: 10, 22-24.


Prophecy is not new scripture! The Bible is the unique word of God. It is an unmatched revelation that cannot be added to. Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15; Matthew 7:15-20; John 8:31-32; 2 Peter 1:16-21.


This Means

We don’t only listen to prophetic words to make major decisions, instead we draw on a number of sources. Scripture, trusted leaders, life experience, and our community all carry pieces of what He is saying. John 10:27-28; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:5-6; Proverbs 24:6; Acts 11. 


Like every spiritual gift, we have the capacity to get it wrong. This isn’t a reflection on God, but on the fact that we are still works in progress. We are called to judge words of prophecy for this very reason. 1 Corinthians 13: 9-12; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21; 1 Corinthians 14:29-33; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Amos 3:7; Acts 15:28.


Like every spiritual gift, the gift of prophecy needs to be skillfully developed through practice, risk, training, and partnership with Holy Spirit. 1 Timothy 4:14-16; 2 Timothy 1:6; 1 Corinthians 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 14:12.


Because He dwells within us and we are being conformed to His likeness, God often sounds like our own voice or thoughts. Part of the maturity of the believer is discerning the voice of God when He chooses to speak this way. 1 Corinthians 2:12-16; Psalm 16:7; John 10:14-16, 27; Isaiah 30:21; Acts 16:7-10.


The Old Covenant prophet held a governmental position of great influence, so the words were expected to be 100% accurate. This isn’t true of the New Covenant prophet or of New Covenant prophecy. In the OC, the prophet was judged, but in the NC the word is judged. This means that we have the Holy Spirit corporately, and can tell someone that their word is wrong without their nature being wrong. 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21; 1 Corinthians 14:29; 1 John 4:1; Acts 2:17-18; Deuteronomy 18:18-22.


In the Old Covenant, a false prophet was someone that got it wrong. In the New Covenant, the Spirit of God resides in all believers. Someone who gets it wrong isn’t a false prophet (we judge the word). The title of “false prophet” is about bad fruit, leading people into deception, and false miracles, signs, and wonders that point toward the person instead of Jesus. 2 Peter 2:1-3; Matthew 7:15-23; Matthew 24:24; 2 Timothy 4:3-4; 1 Corinthians 14:3.


The heart posture behind a prophetic word is as important as the words accuracy! If we miss it in either of these areas, we are experts at cleaning up the mess and restoring the relationship with the people affected. Philippians 2:3-4; 1 Corinthians 13:1-2; Colossians 3:13-15. 


Every prophetic word is a seed, and an opportunity. Stewardship is required from revelation, to delivery, to interpretation, to application. 1 Corinthians 14:29-31; Acts 10:9-16; Acts 21:10-22:30; Acts 27:10; Acts 27:22-24.


Gods timing is important to a word’s fulfillment. We must rest in Him, while waiting for the opportunity HE provides to step in. It’s a quest, walking out relationship, not a journey with a decided destination. Genesis 15:2-5; Acts 16:1-2; Acts 21:2; Habakkuk 2:2-3; Hebrews 6:12; 2 Kings 5:10-14; Acts 9:1-19. 


Prophecy exists in the realm of mystery. Prophetic words don’t always instantly make sense, so it is wise to put words on the shelf if we don’t understand them, and revisit them from time to time. Luke 1:31-34; Luke 24:44-45; John 13:7; John 16:12.


Just to Clarify

Nobody gets it right 100% of the time. 1 Corinthians 14:29; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22.


There are no lone wolves, and nobody has the complete revelation of God. This is why we need community to experience the fullness of Him. 1 Corinthians 14:26-30; 1 Corinthians 2:16; 1 Corinthians 12:7-12.


 Accountability is as important in prophecy as it is in anything else. We must follow up with those we minister to, and we must commit to grow in our gifts. Matthew 12:36-37; 1 Peter 4:10-11; 1 Corinthians 14:26-30.


Prophetic words are a way to know the heart of God, but they aren’t the only way. He will find a way to speak to His children. Hebrews 8:10; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 12:2.


God trusts us! We don’t have to be paralyzed about every decision (breakfast, what to wear, etc) if we don’t hear Him directing. This doesn’t mean that God doesn’t want to use those things, but it does mean that we can live life without constant direction. Acts 16:7-9; 1 Corinthians 10:27-31; Mark 11:1-6; Luke 22:8-12.


It is not necessary for prophets and prophecy to be strange/weird. This doesn’t mean that they’re from God. 1 Corinthians 14:3; 1 Corinthians 14:39-40; 1 Corinthians 14:23-28.


Prophecy doesn’t preclude us from learning sound theology and studying the scriptures. Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 2 Timothy 3:16; Acts 17:11; Matthew 28:18-20.



FREEDOM WITH RESPONSIBILITY

Core Values

We are free for a reason! The heart of what we do with our freedom is important to God, maybe more-so than our actions in the moment. Freedom should manifest in a willingness to serve Him and a surrendered heart . Galatians 5:13-14; Romans 12:1-2; Romans 14:7-9; Romans 15:1-7; Matthew 4:1-11.


Freedom means we get to do what He wants, not that we get to do whatever we want. Freedom without responsibility isn’t freedom. Galatians 5:13-25; 1 Corinthians 9:19; 2 Peter 1:5-9; 1 Corinthians 8:9-13; 1 Peter 1:13-16; John 13:12-17.


Character is the foundation for growing in influence and effectiveness. We must partner with Holy Spirit continually to deepen our character, so that the weight of the blessing doesn’t prove a detriment long term. 2 Peter 1:5-9; Titus 2:11-12; Ephesians 4:1; Colossians 1:10; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; Luke 9:54-56.


Christ died to establish freedom in us. We are free from sin, shame, death, and the influence of the enemy by nature. This freedom is, in part, to enable us to love the world as children of God. Romans 8:1-2; Romans 8:15-21; Galatians 5:1; Romans 6:4; Romans 6:14-22; 2 Corinthians 3:17; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 4:17-18; Luke 19:1-10.


This Means

High freedom, low control environments with the healthy guardrails of responsibility foster holiness, creativity, and empower people to grow in Christ. Healthy people naturally reproduce. 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Luke 10:1-2; Luke 10: 17-20; Acts 2:42-47; 1 John 4:17-18; Galatians 3:23-29.


Freedom is important to God. Our mission is not to control people and remove unhealthy options, but to empower them to make the right choices. Genesis 2:15-17; 2 Corinthians 3:16-17; John 14:15; Romans 12:1; 2 Peter 3:9.


Small dreams are a symptom of not understanding who you are, or the nature of God. His Heart is that we dream massive, glorious dreams and see His kingdom cover the earth. Ephesians 3:20; Psalm 37:4-5; Isaiah 55:1-13; 1 Corinthians 2:9-10; John 14:12-14; Matthew 6:10, 33; Genesis 12:1-3; 2 Chronicles 6:5-8.


The Holy Spirit is good at His job! He motivates us toward holiness and integrity. Galatians 5:16-26; Philippians 2:13; Romans 8:14. 


With freedom comes the responsibility to clean up the mess if we should happen to sin. This means internal healing AND reconciling with those we’ve hurt. Matthew 5:23-24; Hebrews 4:15-16; 1 John 1:6-10; James 5:1; Luke 19:1-10.


When temptation arises, we are internally empowered and motivated by the Holy Spirit, our true identity in sonship, and the body of believers, encouraging and edifying. Romans 8:5-17; 1 John 4:4; Galatians 5:19-25; 1 Corinthians 10:13.


God has given us all needs, but meeting them isn’t our prime motivator. By His grace, we either walk out this process in purity, or we lay them down through the empowerment of radical grace. Philippians 4:19; 1 Corinthians 6:12-13; Ephesians 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 7:1-7; 1 Corinthians 9:4-15; Philippians 2:5-8; Philippians 2:17; Romans 12:1-2.


Just to Clarify

God paid a high cost to give us freedom! He paid for what we receive freely. This means that, though we are free, we don’t take our freedom lightly. Galatian 5:1; John 3:16; 1 Peter 1:18- 19; Luke 4:16-21; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.


Freedom means that we are free to protect our integrity and connection to God and others, not that we get to do whatever we want. Galatians 5:13-14; Romans 14:13-23; Philippians 3:8; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 4:1-3; 1 Corinthians 10:23-24.


Freedom means we are free to submit to Him, not that we are untethered. 1 Peter 2:13-17; Romans 12:1; James 4:7; Phil 2:2-7.


You don’t get to give up on your dreams, and expect God to do all of the work. Galatians 6:9; Hebrews 10:36; Philippians 3:14; James 1:12; Romans 5:1-5; Hebrews 12:1-3.


Freedom is for the expression of love, not hedonism. It’s not about what you want, primarily. 1 Corinthians 10:23-24; Matthew 26:39; John 15:13; 1 Corinthians 9:19.


Jesus models servanthood in leadership. Freedom means that we are free to serve others, and sometimes have to do uncomfortable things/things we don’t want to do. 1 Peter 2:16-20; Romans 14:19-23; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; Luke 21:16-19; Luke 22:42; Hebrews 11:8-12.

 


GOD'S WORD IS EFFECTIVE

Core Value

Transformation starts with people and ends with changing the world! His word (both the scripture and the actively spoken word) renews minds, and changes people. This is the catalyst to global impact. Romans 10:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; John 17:17; Matthew 7:24-28; Colossians 3:15-17; John 8:31-32; Psalm 119:105; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Acts 8:26-40.


Jesus is the pinnacle of the revelation of the nature and character of God. Every revelation of God and the scripture must be viewed through this lens. John 5:37-47; Luke 24:25-32; John 1:14; John 14:9-11; Colossians 1:15-20; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:1-3; 2 Peter 1:16-21.


The Bible is the core of truth in all of Christianity. This infallible revelation is the measure by which we judge all others. 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Matthew 22:29; John 8:31-32; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Proverbs 30:5-6; Psalm 119:160; Matthew 4:1-11.


The purpose of the scripture is to bring us into experience and relationship with God, and to aid in transforming us into His likeness. John 5:39-40; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Matthew 4:4; 2 Corinthians 3:15-18; James 1:22-25; Ephesians 5:25-27; Psalm 119:11; Luke 24:13-35.


This Means

The fruit of reading the Bible should be, in part, a growing and dynamic relationship with the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). John 5:39-40; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Psalm 119:11; John 1:14; John 14:6.


 Our interpretations of the Bible are not infallible. Only the scripture is infallible (primarily the autographs). John 5:39-40; 2 Timothy 2:14-18; Luke 24:25-32.


Biblical application and interpretation require healthy community and guidance from the Holy Spirit. This guards from fundamentalism and deception. John 16:12-15; 2 Corinthians 3:4-6; 1 Corinthians 2:9-11; 1 Corinthians 2: 16; 1 John 4:1; Matthew 7:15; Hebrews 4:12.


When we meditate on, hear, and respond to His words we are changed! The Holy Spirit breathes on the written word and it comes alive in us. Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 2:14-16; Matthew 4:4; Hebrews 4:2; John 6:63; Isaiah 55:11.


We play a role in walking in the fulfillment of the promises He has made to us in Scripture. That is a part of our being “in Christ”. 2 Peter 1:3-8; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Numbers 23:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:24.


When we say what He has said, or is saying, we actively participate in the transformation of the world.  Proverbs 18:21; Joel 3:10; Isaiah 54:1; Acts 3:6-7; Jonah 3:3-10; Matthew 4:1-11.


To plumb the depths of God, we must keep an open dialogue with Him and continue to ask better questions and meditate on His responses. John 16:12-13; Genesis 22; James 1:5; Matthew 7:7-11; Genesis 18:16-33.


Just to Clarify

God will not be controlled by our lack of understanding. John 8:1-11; Matthew 12:1-13; Matthew 22:29; Job 42:2-5; Act 11:1-18.


We cannot separate the Presence of God from the Word of God. They go hand in hand. John 5:39-40; 2 Timothy 2:14-19; Acts 11:1-18.


Christians can be deceived, and can grow in their understanding. Galatians 3:1; 1 John 4:1; Ephesians 4:22-27; 1 Peter 5:8; Colossians 2:6-8.


 Interpretations of Scripture need to be judged and discerned. Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1; Matthew 7:15-20; 2 Peter 2:1–3.


The enemy often uses scripture to try and deceive believers. Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Corinthians 11:13-14.


All scripture must be properly interpreted. 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Timothy 1:3-8; John 8:1-11.



I AM HONORABLE

Core Value

Honor sees the best in people, and the Christ in them. We treat people with their true identity in mind, not their behavior or belief about themselves. 1 Corinthians 12:14-26; 2 Corinthians 5:16-17; James 2:1-5; Philippians 2:3; 1 Samuel 24:1-10.


Honor means that we consistently manifest respect to those around us, whether we lead or follow, in word and deed. Honor never controls but it does seek to confront and disciple in love when necessary. 1 Corinthians 13:1-7; Leviticus 19:15-18; Galatians 6:1- 2; Ephesians 4:14-15; Romans 2:4; Matthew 18:15; Hebrews 12:11-14; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Luke 3:10-14.


Honor dictates if, and to what degree, we are able to receive from people. Matthew 10:40-42; Philippians 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 4:14-20; 2 Kings 4:8-37.


Honor sees the value in each person, and the Christ in them. Each one is created in His image, and redeemed in His blood. That makes them powerful, and worthy of honor. Genesis 1:26-28; Ephesians 4:23-24; Psalm 139:13-16; Romans 12:10; 1 Corinthians 12:14-26; 1 Peter 2:17; Matthew 26:6-13.


This means

Loving people when they cannot give us anything in return is Christlike love. Romans 5:8; Matthew 5:43-48; Matthew 25:40, 45; Proverbs 14:31.


We partner with Holy Spirit to see the people around us as God sees them, and we encourage them with the Father’s heart for them. 2 Corinthians 5:16-17; 1 Corinthians 14:3-5; Matthew 16:17-19; Judges 6:12-16; Ephesians 1:18.


We are one Body with many parts, and we recognize and celebrate our differences. People with gifts that are different than ours are equally valuable. 1 Corinthians 12:4-31; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Romans 12:3-5; Ephesians 4:7-16; Matthew 10:41.


We don’t give people permission to be our enemies, and we love and pray for those that would persecute us. Matthew 5:43-48; Luke 9:54-56; Luke 23:34.


We seek to leave a legacy, and to honor the generations to come. We believe that we can set them up for success, to go farther, faster, than we have. John 14:12; Deuteronomy 31:14; Deuteronomy 31:23; 2 Kings 2:9-14; 1 Chronicles 22:5-11; Acts 2:38-39. 


There is no “us and them”. We seek to include all people, and create space for them to belong. In this way, they can experience the love of God and come to know Him. John 3:17; Romans 2:4; Mark 2:13-17; 1 Corinthians 5:5-13; Matthew 10:8; John 3:1-17; John 7:50-51; John 19:39-40.


If we only honor those in positions of power or leadership, we aren’t truly honorable. Honor is a lifestyle. 1 Corinthians 12:24-26; Philippians 2:3-7; Ephesians 4:2-4; Matthew 25:40.


Sin is the fruit, not the primary issue. If our brother or sister should sin, we will help them find the lie, hurt, or trauma that has let sin manifest. Galatians 6:1-2; James 5:19-20; Matthew 18:15-16; Luke 17:3-4; 1 Corinthians 4:14.


Just to clarify

We still confront! Our confrontation looks like giving them an “account of their ability”, and reminding them of their real identity in Christ. 1 Corinthians 4:14; Luke 9:54-56; Matthew 16:23; Titus 3:8-11; 2 Thessalonians 3:14 -15.


Being loved of God and empowered by God are different. God and the community empower people to different levels of authority for the good of the Church, and for the equipping of the saints. 1 Timothy 5:17-19; 1 Corinthians 12:18; 1 Corinthians 12:24-28; Ephesians 4:7-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13.


Those empowered to lead are empowered to serve, not to control or manipulate. Matthew 25:25-28; 1 Peter 5:1-3; 1 Timothy 6:3-14; 3 John 9-11; 1 Corinthians 3:12-13.


We don’t only honor when it suits us, or when it’s convenient. Romans 13:7-8; 1 Peter 2:17-20; 1 Peter 3:8-9; John 13:34-35; John 4:5-42; Matthew 19:13-15.


 Healthy honor doesn’t mean that we all agree and share the same opinion. We do not gather around doctrine. Ephesians 4:1-4; Romans 14:1-23; Acts 15:30-35; 2 Timothy 4:11.


People are so empowered, that they can use their power to break connection with us and with the community. Titus 3:9-11; 2 John 1:10; 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15; 1 Corinthians 5:4-6; 1 Thessalonians 5:14.



THE KINGDOM IS ADVANCING

Core Value

Final victory is guaranteed over the devil! The enemy is defeated, and the battle is already decided. God is powerful, and in control. 1 John 4:4; Colossians 2:13-15; 1 John 2:13; 1 John 5:4-5; Romans 8:31-39; John 12:31; Acts 4:23-31; 1 John 3:8; Hebrews 2:14-15; John 16:33; Mark 5:1-13.


“Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”, is the core of our ministry directive. We are partnering with heaven and co-laboring to see this manifestation in the earth. Matthew 6:9-10; Matthew 10:7-8; Isaiah 9:7; Isaiah 33:5-6; Micah 6:8; Matthew 10:42; Matthew 25:40; John 14:12; James 1:27; Matthew 12:22-29.


Every believer is a minister, bringing heaven to earth in their sphere of influence. There is no secular and sacred, nor is there an “us and them”. It is just us and Him. 1 Peter 2:9; Romans 12:1; Matthew 5:13-16; Colossians 3:23-24; Daniel 6:3; Proverbs 22:29; Ephesians 6:5-9; Matthew 25:31-46.


As people are saved, healed, delivered, and discover their call and anointing in the kingdom, culture will change. Though resistance is present, the He will have His way in the world. John 15:19-21; John 16:33; Colossians 1:13-14; 2 Corinthians 4:8-11; 2 Corinthians 12:10; Nehemiah 2:1-10; Matthew 5:13-16; Acts 19:11-41.


This means


What we focus on will reproduce, so we choose to focus on the good things that God is doing, and carry the joy and freedom of His presence. Romans 15:13; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; Philippians 4:8-9; Ephesians 1:17-19; Acts 13:52.


The enemy is already defeated, and we minister from a place of victory in Christ. Ephesians 1:18-23; Ephesians 2:4-6; 1 John 3:8; 1 John 4:4; Matthew 11:11; Isaiah 54:17.


 God is present, at all times, everywhere. We are ministers of divine reconciliation, unchained by location. Psalm 139:7; Romans 5:20; 2 Corinthians 5:16-20; Matthew 10:7-8; Mark 16:15-18; Romans 10:14-15; Colossians 1:28-29; Matthew 24:14.


The answers to the world’s problems are in Him. We actively partner with heaven to seek those solutions, and step out in faith to see them come into being. Matthew 6:9-10; Genesis 41:1-46; Acts 11:27-30; Matthew 17:24-27; 1 Samuel 14:6-23; Acts 3:1-10.


We don’t just become aware of our gifts, we become skilled in their use to bless the world (from leaders to the least of these). Daniel 1:16-21; Daniel 2:26-28; Genesis 41:1-46; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; 1 Peter 4:10-11; 1 Timothy 4:14-16; Proverbs 22:29; Exodus 31:1-11.


We choose to show heavens love to those who persecute us, blessing them and lifting them in prayer. Matthew 5:43-45; Luke 6:27-28; Proverbs 25:21; Acts 16:22-34.


The Gospel is the message that will transform the world. Proverbs 11:11; 2 Corinthians 4:13; Matthew 10:7-8; Proverbs 18:21; James 3:2-5; Matthew 16:18-19; Matthew 18:18-20; Matthew 21:21-22.


We live with a generational legacy in mind, leaving the world better than we found it. Proverbs 13:22; Deuteronomy 7:9; 2 Timothy 2:2; Isaiah 9:7.


Just to Clarify

Having hope does not mean living in denial. Problems exist, they just aren’t our focus. John 16:33; 2 Corinthians 4:7-11; 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18; 1 Corinthians 4:11-13; Philippians 4:11-14.


The enemy, though defeated, will still try to stop us. Jesus promised persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12; Romans 8:31-39; Acts 14:22-23; 1 Thessalonians 2:17-18; Philippians 1:12-14.


 If human effort was all that was required, the world would be changed already. Zechariah 4:6; 2 Corinthians 3:4-6; Jeremiah 17:5-6; 1 Peter 4:10-11.


 God is not blessing leaders for their own sake, but to make society a blessing. 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Jeremiah 29:7; Isaiah 60:1-3; Isaiah 61:1-4; Proverbs 11:11; Jonah 3.


We don’t wait until we’ve arrived at a certain level of influence or position to begin to influence culture. Luke 13:18-21; Matthew 20:25-27; Acts 4:13; Genesis 41:1-41.


 It is often through humility and servanthood (going low) that we gain favor and influence. Matthew 20:25-27; Philippians 2:5-18; Luke 2:51-52; 1 Samuel 2:26; Daniel 2:1-49.


Some of the things that we are building and pressing for will not be enjoyed in our lifetime. These are generational pursuit’s that will benefit our grandchildren. Hebrews 11:13; Philippians 3:13-14; 1 Corinthians 9:24.



GOD IS STILL MOVING

Core Value

Like Jesus, the Father sends us into the world to demonstrate His love, forgiveness, and power. John 20:21-23; 1 Corinthians 2:4-5; John 17:18; 1 Thessalonians 1:5; Matthew 28:18-19; Matthew 5:14-16; Luke 10:1-9.


No matter the circumstance, reversal and restoration is always on the table. Nothing is impossible with God. Matthew 17:20; Mark 10:25-27; John 15:7; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Psalms 103:1-7; Luke 1:34-37.


Healing is always possible, and we believe that anything can be healed. Jesus healed every sick person He encountered, and delivered every demonized person. Matthew 4:23; Matthew 12:15; Matthew 14:14; Luke 9:11; Acts 10:38; Psalm 103:3-4; Matthew 14:24-33; Acts 3:1-10; James 2:14-18; Mark 10:46-52; Matthew 9:27-38.


Jesus promised that His followers would do even greater works than He. This means signs, wonders, and miracles. John 14:12-14; Acts 2:17-18; Luke 9:1-2; Mark 16:15-18; Acts 5:12-16.


This Means


God has not stopped performing miracles through His people. Hebrews 13:8; 1 John 4:17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 2:38-39; 1 Corinthians 14:1; 1 Corinthians 14:39; 1 Peter 4:7; 1 Peter 4:10; 2 Timothy 1:6-8.


The Cross makes us new creations in Christ. We are a new breed of supernatural people, that naturally walk in the power and resource of the kingdom. 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Peter 2:9-12; 2 Peter 1:3-4; Mark 16:17-18.


Through the Holy Spirit, every believer can walk in miracles, signs, and wonders and witness to the world at large. John 14:12; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:16-18; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11; 1 Corinthians 2:4-5; 1 Corinthians 4:20; Matthew 10:8; John 20:21-23.


Love is the foundational reason that we take the risks we take to reach the lost, heal the sick, and manifest heaven. 1 Corinthians 16:14; 1 Corinthians 13:1-3; Galatians 5:13; John 13:34-35; Matthew 20:26-28.


As sons and daughters of God, we invite others into relationship with the Father and partner with Holy Spirit to see their minds transformed. 1 Peter 2:9-12; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Matthew 11:25-30.


 Our standard of living is to be led by the Holy Spirit and to actively partner with Him to transform the world. Acts 1:6-8; Acts 13: 1-5; John 5:19.


Any work of darkness is an opportunity for us to partner with heaven and see a shift in the world around us. Romans 5:20; 1 John 3:8; 1 John 4:18; Psalm 23:4-5; 1 John 4:4; Matthew 10:16 -20; Matthew 16:19.


We were born to live in the fullness of the Kingdom. For this reason, we set our focus on seeing that fullness break into the world in every sphere of influence. John 10:10; Luke 18:1-8; Luke 11:1-13; Luke 12:31-32; Acts 1:4, 2:1-4; Acts 4:23-31.


Sharing the testimony, of all kinds, creates a momentum effect that sees ground taken for the Kingdom at an accelerated rate. Testimony invites Him to “do it again”.  Revelation 19:10; Romans 10:15-17; Hebrews 13:7-8; Acts 10:34-48; Psalm 44:1-5; Mark 5:18-21; Psalm 119:111; Deuteronomy 6:17-24; Deuteronomy 7:17-19; Revelation 12:10-11.


Just to Clarify


Being in Christ doesn’t mean we are Jesus. Colossians 1:15-20, 27; Philippians 2:6-11; Acts 3:12.


We don’t pursue God so that we can do the stuff, that is the spirit of witchcraft (power without intimacy). Luke 10:17-20; Matthew 7:21-23.


God does miracles through us because He loves His children (us included!), not because He is placing approval on our theology or because we are “special”. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3; Matthew 7:21-23.


 We aren’t above making mistakes in our zeal to see the Kingdom advance, nor are we exempt from cleaning up the messes that are made in these moments. Philippians 2:3-4; Colossians 3:12-14; Ephesians 4:2-3; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.


We cannot earn grace! Even the type of grace that releases miracles, signs, and wonders. Galatians 3:2-5; 1 Corinthians 15:10; Ephesians 3:7-9. 


Our leaps of faith do not always play out the way that we expect them to, but God always does something. Acts 16:16-24;


Even though the war is won, we will still fight battles as the Kingdom advances. Battles look like demonic resistance, persecution, and the normal difficulties of changing culture. Acts 4:3-22; Acts 5:12 -42; Revelation 12:10-11; 2 Corinthians 11:24-25; Matthew 5:10; 2 Corinthians 4:7-12.



THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT

Core Value

In a ‘greenhouse’ environment, healthy things grow. The ecosystem of a greenhouse environment is set by the thermostat, not the thermometer. Thermometers measure the environment. Thermostats change it. We are agents of change to usher in His kingdom come. We shape culture by growing big, healthy people. God is building a greenhouse of spiritual sons and daughters rightly related as family and community.


Part of being adopted into the family of God is a natural creation of healthy family environments. This happens organically and intentionally wherever we find ourselves. Ephesians 1:5; Ephesians 2:19; Matthew 12:48-50; Galatians 6:10; Romans 8:15-16; 1 Peter 2:17; Acts 2:41-47. 


Healthy family members submit to one another instead of walking in selfish ambition. In this way, we grow the family and ourselves as members within the family. Philippians 2:3; Romans 12:9-21; Ephesians 5:21; Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13; Ruth 1:16-17. 


We intentionally choose to trust one another, and grow in what we can be trusted with. This stewardship increases our capacity to walk in true covenant community. Matthew 18:15; Luke 17:3-4; Ephesians 4:15-16; 1 Corinthians 4:14-21; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; 1 Samuel 20.


We are called to the ministry of reconciliation and restoration, not suspicion, punishment, and elitism. It is our capacity to see the fallen restored that best represents the Father’s heart. Galatians 6:1; Matthew 18:15; John 8:1-11; Psalm 141:5; John 21


This Means

We have been invited into the relationship between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is from this place of intimacy and perfection of relationship that we seek to create healthy family dynamics everywhere. John 17:23; John 15:15-16; 1 John 1:3-4; Ephesians 3:14-21; 1 John 3:1; Hebrews 10:24-25.


We are created to exist in community with one another, and this expression of intimacy is the best environment to grow in health. Genesis 2:18; Genesis 1:26-28; Acts 4:23-35; 1 Corinthians 12:21-27; Psalm 133:1; Ephesians 3:14-20.


Our love of God is proved in the way that we love people. John 13:35; 1 John 4:20; Proverbs 14:31; Matthew 10:42; Matthew 25:34-40; Hebrews 6:10.


To create a greenhouse environment, we must start with loving and valuing ourselves. Often, you love and value for yourself becomes the level to which you are anointed to love another. Matthew 22:37-39; Romans 12:3; Ephesians 5:1-2; Ephesians 5:28-30.


We value and seek to hear and put to use the gifts and calls on the whole family of God, not just from the leaders or those in a place of influence. Romans 12:4-10; 1 Peter 4:10-11; 1 Corinthians 12; Matthew 10:41.


We don’t take off our honor when we disagree. Philippians 2:3-16; Romans 12:4, 10; 1 Peter 2:13-17; 1 Peter 5:5-6.


We seek to bring others along and raise other up as champions, rather than walking in selfish ambition or protecting our own ministry. Philippians 2:1-4; Romans 12:10; Ephesians 5:21; James 4:1-12; Hebrews 10:24-26.


Love confronts by reminding the fallen brother or sister of their place in the Kingdom, and by shifting their awareness to the way that their behavior undermines their amazing identity in Christ. Matthew 18:15-17; Galatians 6:1-2; Luke 9:54-56; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Corinthians 7:9-10; Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:13; Psalm 139:14.


Forgiveness means that every person is given the opportunity to clean up their mess and restore the trust of the body. Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 18:21-35; Luke 17:3-4; Luke 23:34; James 5:16-20.


We affirm that a loving, life-long marriage between a man and a woman is God’s best intention for married relationships. Hebrews 13:4; Genesis 1:27-28; Matthew 5:32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5; Mark 10:1-12.


Just to Clarify

Just because a community is Christian, doesn’t mean that they are healthy in their relationships. 1 Corinthians 3:1-3; Galatians 6:1-2; 1 Corinthians 4:14-15, 5:6.


Having experienced divorce, broken family, or any sort of failure doesn’t mean you are disqualified! God is always in the business of restoration and redemption. 1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1-3; John 4:1-42; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 2 Corinthians 5:16-17.


We sometimes have to allow people to behave their way out of our environment. We recognize that unsafe behavior and refusal to seek help at a high level may mean that it is impossible to have some individuals be a part of our community. Ephesians 5:11; Romans 16:17-19; Titus 3:9-11; 2 Timothy 3:1-6; Matthew 18:17; 1 Corinthians 5:4-6; 1 Timothy 1:18-20.



LOVE MEANS ACTION

Core Value

Love is more than a concept, or a nice idea. It means sacrifice, walking through hard things, and making room for difficult people. It means generosity, and giving of time and resources to those who are in need, both physically, and emotionally/spiritually.


God is self-limiting and giving, and this call through the testimony of scripture and the history of both Israel and the Church call us to a generosity that looks like Jesus. Psalms 65:9-13; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Deuteronomy 7:9; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:3, 7-8; James 1:5; Acts 20:35; Mark 12:41-43.


God has poured out His generosity and blessing to transform us into a generous people. We give extravagantly of our time, talents, gifts, and resources to advance the gospel both locally and globally. 2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Acts 10:3-6; Malachi 3:10-12; Deuteronomy 8:18; Acts 2:43-47; Matthew 10:7-8; Luke 16:10-13; Acts 4:32-37. 


Generosity and poverty are mindsets that cannot coexist. Generosity transforms our mindset from poverty, and defeats the lie that there isn’t enough. Heaven always has a plan to rescue and always has the answer . 2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Philippians 4:19; Ephesians 3:20-21; 1 King 17:10-16; 2 Kings 4:1-7; 3 John 2; Matthew 6:25 -34; Jeremiah 29:11; Deuteronomy 28:11-13; Exodus 3:8; Matthew 14:13-21.


Generosity supersedes sowing and reaping, creating a reality that looks like abundance being pressed, shaken, and overflowing through us to culture around us! Luke 6:38; Isaiah 58:6-12; Proverbs 11:25; Acts 2:43-47; Philippians 4:17-19; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; Luke 18:29-30; Luke 19:1-10. 


This Means

Generosity comes from a deepening trust in the fact that God is for me, He has enough, and He will tend to my needs as I care for His will in the earth. 1 Timothy 6:17-19; Philippians 4:18-19; Acts 4:33-37; Matthew 6:19-33; 2 Corinthians 9:8-12; Genesis 13:5-18.


 Generosity is a heart posture focused on being a strength for others, not necessarily and outflow of personal riches and wealth. Luke 21:1-4; Mark 6:30-44; 2 Corinthians 8:13-15; Matthew 10:42; Acts 3:1-9.1.


 A lifestyle of generosity is marked with a willingness to sacrifice. Heaven pays attention when we give out of lack, not just from abundance. Luke 21:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8:1-4; Luke 6:30-36; Luke 10:30-37; 2 Samuel 24:24-25; Romans 8:32; Mark 9:41.


Generosity should leave a mark on every area of our lives, not just one sphere (marriage, for example). Our generosity will create a generational momentum that lasts far beyond our lives. Ephesians 5:25; James 1:19; Proverbs 31:16-19; Mark 7:9-13; 2 Corinthians 8:14; 1 Timothy 5:4; John 3:16-18; Leviticus 19:9-10; Proverbs 13:22.


God is a rewarder, and doesn’t just give spiritual blessings. Material blessings are a part of the gifts He gives to His children. Exodus 3:8; Luke 6:38; Hebrews 11:6; 3 John 2; 2 Corinthians 9:7-8; Psalms 103:1-5; Proverbs 11:24-25.


Generosity aids greatly in the transformation of the nations. The generous (both Christian and non-Christian), tend to draw the attention of God. Isaiah 58:6-12; 1 Chronicles 29:1-9; Acts 10:1-4; Exodus 35:22-36:5; Nehemiah 2:1-8, 5:14-19; Ezra 1:1-11; Matthew 5:44; Proverbs 25:21. 


Unity is a fruit of a generous people. Acts 4:32-37; 2 Corinthians 8:14; 1 John 3:16-18; Philippians 4:10-19; 2 Corinthians 9:12-15.


Generosity is a tangible way for us to invite others into an encounter with the goodness of God. 2 Corinthians 9:10-13; Romans 2:4; 2 Kings 6:22-23; Luke 9:12-17; Philippians 4:15-16; Matthew 5:16. 


Generosity seeks to care for the marginalized, the widows, and the orphans. Scripture teaches us that God sees this sort of care as direct ministry to Himself. Proverbs 14:31, 19:17; James 1:27; Psalms 68:5-6; Luke 19:1-10; Galatians 2:10; Mark 9:41; Matthew 25:34-40; Deuteronomy 15:12-14.


Just to Clarify

Your bank account isn’t a sign of righteousness, or of sin. Depending on your season of life, your call, and opportunity, abundance can look different. Not all are called and gifted to generate wealth that funds the Kingdom on earth and changes the landscape, but all are called to help others out of poverty and to steward well what they’ve been given. 2 Corinthians 8:9; Philippians 4:11-13; Luke 9:58; Acts 4:36; Matthew 27:57-60; Acts 20:32-36; 1 Corinthians 4:8-17; Acts 16:14-15; Job 29; Genesis 24:35, 26:12-14; 2 Chronicles 32:26-28; Proverbs 3:9-10; Proverbs 10:22, 22:3-4; 2 Timothy 6:17-19. 


Money is neither good, nor evil. The love of money is a source of great evil, however. If we properly understand the role of money as a tool to accomplish the will of God, we can see it as a powerful servant rather than a master. 1 Timothy 6:9-10; Matthew 6:19-24; Deuteronomy 8:18; Malachi 3:10-12; Luke 16:8-15.


 The heart posture of giving is important, and it’s better to refrain from giving from a bad heart than to give abundantly from a bitterness. 1 Samuel 15:19-23; 2 Corinthians 9:7; 1 Corinthians 13:3; Matthew 6:1-4; 1 John 3:17-18; Acts 5:1-5, 8:18-24.


We do not give of our time, talents, or possessions wastefully, instead we seek the guidance and discernment of the Holy Spirit in all instances. John 5:19, 16:13; Matthew 19:16-22; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; Acts 5:1-5; 1 Samuel 15:19-23.


Giving sacrificially doesn’t mean that we give in a way that harms others or skirts responsibilities. It is unwise to give in a way that makes your family suffer, or leaves bills unpaid. Mark 7:9-13, 12:17; I Timothy 5:4; Romans 13:7.


Shame and generosity have nothing to do with one another. If you choose to give in secret because of shame, it is just as damaging as giving publicly because of pride. Matthew 6:2-4; 2 Corinthians 8:24, 9:10-15; Acts 4:32-37; 1 Chronicles 29:1-9; Exodus 35:22. 


Generosity isn’t based on need, but our own character. You can be generous to the poor, middle class, and the wealthy. John 12:1-8; 1 Kings 10:10; Genesis 14:17-20, Luke 23:50-56.