Values | (How?): How do we go about following Jesus as our guide toward redemption? We on-goingly align/center/purpose our lives around Jesus, the Resurrection, and Kingdom values as demonstrated in the Gospel accounts and New Testament letters. By building our church upon the sustainable values of our Founder and Carpenter, we are establishing a sturdy Kingdom Outpost for pilgrims to find refuge and then be further launched into God’s loving mission. Our Coastal Values are illustrated by the bench/barstool – each leg in dynamic tension with the other:
| WORD = Jesus guides us through the Story of God & God's redeemed people as outlined in the 66 books of Holy Scripture…We become stable people as we respond to this Logos or Reason of God…We are abiding in the vine and ingesting the nutrients from the living Word which is Jesus…We are submitting to the breathing, active Story of God being written on the tablet of our hearts and then that Word becoming flesh through the hands and feet which is the Body of Christ.
| COMMUNITY = We follow Jesus together. We are submitting to the Christian community both now and throughout the ages…Engaging with sojourners in a Jesus-like posture…inviting others into the brokenness and beauty of our lives in order that we may authentically share in the story of God's redemptive love together as Romans 12:15 says, “weeping with those who weep and rejoicing with those who rejoice”…Rather than being shaped by the pattern of American individualism, we are practicing in the spirit of the African phrase: Unbuntu - "I am because we are" = sharing stories, lawnmowers, sacramental meals and beverages, money, and our very lives…becoming a new kind of family formed by journeying together.
| SPIRIT = Jesus sent the Pneuma (breath/Spirit) to help reorient our steps in the rhythms and beats of God’s heart. Jesus sent the Counselor to train and reorient our attitudes and behaviors. Jesus modeled contemplation so we too are cultivating a contemplative lifestyle by paying attention to the still voice of God…we are like kids unwrapping the gifts of the Spirit as interpreted in Ephesians 4 & 1 Corinthians 12…praying all kinds of prayers…and responding with the POWER of Jesus in us.
| JUSTICE = Jesus bled for justice which was the restoration of peace through sacrificial love. So we too are taking up our crosses by demonstrating the sacrificial love of Jesus to real people in real time in real contexts….We are embodying the Way of Jesus depicted by the prophet Isaiah in chapter 61 & by St. Luke 4 in tangible and experimental expressions that bring freedom for the poor, oppressed, and marginalized…in this way we are joining with God in the restoration of Greater Portland and all of creation.
So, WHAT does it actually look like for our 4-legged Values to walk or to get... incarnated enfleshed embodied lived out expressed practiced ???
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