I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. [John 14:6]
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. [John 15:5]
Jesus is the Way. He models the way to do life. He is also the only Way to the Father.
He is the Truth. Every truth in the Bible points to Jesus.
Jesus is Life. Jesus is the vine, the source of life for us, the branches. He is everything. Without Him, immediately, we begin to wither away and die spiritually.
In addition, apart from Jesus, we can do nothing of lasting spiritual significance. We want loving Jesus to be our top priority in life because everything flows from this.
Love the Friends of Jesus
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. [John 15:12-14]
As we are loving Jesus, our next priority is to obey Jesus’ command to love other friends of Jesus. This kind of love for other members of the body of Christ follows the pattern of Jesus, who laid down His life sacrificially for His friends.
Love the World
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. [John 15:16]
After loving Jesus and loving the friends of Jesus, we must love the world by bearing true, lasting fruit. This fruit is not primarily external. It is internal. We are the fruit. Wherever we go, we bring the kingdom of God. May the world see the full fruit of Jesus in us.
Greatest Commandment: Love God
We desire to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength.
- Mark 12:28-31; Matt 22:36-40; Luke 10:26-28
Second Greatest Commandment: Love Neighbors
Our love for God is often expressed through our love for our neighbors.
Love for His Church
- John 15:12-14; 1 Peter 4:8; Gal 5:13; Rom 12:4-8
Love for our communities
- Luke 10:25-37; James 1:27; Gal 2:7-10
Great Commission: Make Disciples
Jesus has commissioned His church to make disciple-making disciples of all nations.
Love for the nations
- Matt 28:18-20; Acts 1:8
Additional core values based on Acts 2:42-47 include: 1) fellowship, 2) the apostle’s teaching (Word of God), 3) the breaking of bread (Communion/Gospel), and 4) prayer.