Winning With the Basics

    Every coach knows the importance of teaching and reaffirming the fundamentals of performance. Before a season would ever start, college basketball’s winningest coach, John Wooden of UCLA, would teach his players how to tie their shoes correctly. The Packer’s famed coach, Vince Lombardi, was known for declaring to his Packers during summer practice, “This is a football.” Consider this description of our church: Truth * Love * Community

    Since we believe that Truth is absolute and not relative, we know that God has given His Word and salvation through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who claimed to be “the Truth” (John 14:6). We seek to know the truth about each situation as we evaluate social issues, moral decisions, personal choices, political candidates, and even cultural holidays. We proclaim God’s simple plan of forgiveness and salvation, particularly through events such as “Trunk and Treat”, rejecting an emphasis on the occultic, the demonic, and the fearful. All of our Discipleship and Bible study ministries teach the truth of the Bible, because “God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our paths” (Psalm 119:105). Truth must not only be believed, but applied. As we also say, “I have done what is just and right” (Psalm 119:121). 

    Love also characterizes our church, since we want to be like Jesus - “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14) Who loved us so much and offers salvation by receiving His loving sacrifice (John 3:16). We have love for the Lord “worship the Father in Spirit and truth” (John 4:23). “Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible” (Ephesians 6:24). We also love even those who persecute us, slander us, or disagree with us. We “walk in wisdom toward outsiders” because we “are serving the Lord Christ” (Colossians 4:5; 3:24).

    Our stance for truth and service in love is particularly expressed in Community. We are not isolated, but we are “the whole body, joined and held together by every joint so that it builds itself up in love” (Ephesians 4:16). We support the community of faith called “the household of God”, “useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:20, 21). In this community, we also learn from the Word and others as scripture is preached and taught, and lean on the Lord to help us handle the hassles of life.

    These characteristics are demonstrated by Gathering together, Growing together, Giving of our service and our resources to bless one another, and Going to share the good news. We missionly seek to “make disciples” throughout the world, and as the Lord’s “salt and light” we go as citizens into our culture, environment, and government. So listen to Coach Hayes: “Lace up those shoes! Touch that ball! This is the Gospel way to win!”

     

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