Sermon Series: The CODE – Values to Live By

When we planted Grace Hills nine years ago, we wrote down ten core values. While we’ve made tweaks and edits to the wording, these values have remain pretty much unchanged, but they’ve guided us through every season.

I believe a church’s true core values (not the ones you say you value, but what you really value) serve as guardrails. They keep you on mission. They also communicate to your community what you’re all about.

This series of messages is based on the ten Core Values of Grace Hills Church.

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Pre-Series Message: Where Did You Get Those Values?

I took one week to offer a message about the personal values people hold in their own lives to help us see that we derive our values from all kinds of sources, but what matters most is the eternally unchanging Truth of God, found in Jesus Christ and his Word.

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Core Value #1: JESUS FIRST

Jesus is first in everything! We trust his Word as truth, listen to his Holy Spirit, follow his lead, and honor him in all we do.

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Core Value #2: MESSY MINISTRY

We are here for the broken. We do what we do to reach people who are far from God. We get our hands messy in ministry.

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Core Value #3: PURPOSE DRIVEN

We are driven by purpose, not by programs, personalities, buildings, or budgets. We keep things simple.

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Core Value #4: AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY

We keep it real, fight against fake, and carry each other’s burdens with love and grace. We commit to each other.

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Core Value #5: EVERYBODY BELONGS

We all bear God’s image and the gospel is for everyone. We welcome people of every ethnicity and every kind of story.

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Core Value #6: ANYONE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

We grow from consumers into contributors. We bring out the best in people and refuse to use people.

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Core Value #7: SERVANT LEADERSHIP

We empower men and women to influence their culture with the gospel and change their world for good.

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Core Value #8: STRONG FAMILIES

We strengthen marriages, partner with parents, and pour energy into raising up a generation for Christ.

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Core Value #9: THE COMMON GOOD

We engage the world with a gospel that cares for the poor, seeks freedom for the oppressed, and speaks for the marginalized.

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Core Value #10: Bold Faith

We think and give big. We plant churches, partner with our community, and go to the ends of the earth with the gospel.

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Post-Series Message: Let’s Get It Done!

Sometimes we express our values in the form of good intentions. Sometimes we express our values in the form of real action. Do we live out the values we say we believe in?

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