Our Values: Numbers 5 and 6
Don’t throw back the miraculous catch.
In Luke 5, the soon to be first disciples of Jesus experience such a large catch of fish at Jesus’ direction that their nets begin to break and their boats begin to sink. I suppose the temptation with too much is to toss it back and save the boat and the nets. But instead, they signaled for more boats. We are experiencing a miraculous catch as many are coming to Christ and following him and being baptized into new life in him. A constant temptation is to stop and say, “This is too much, we can’t handle this. We aren’t equipped emotionally or with enough staff, time or space to handle this.” Instead, we choose to ask others to help so that not one of the precious ones that Jesus has brought to us will be lost. This also reinforces our desire for unity - that we cannot bring in the catch alone but the entire Body of Christ needs to participate together.
We are one body, united in Jesus Christ.
We are a church of individuals, different in many ways, yet called together by God to be one in ministry and mission. As members of the same body, we become more effective when we work in harmony as a unified whole (John 17:20-23). Among us, love for one another is the norm (John 13:34, Romans 13:8), conflicts are resolved according to the teaching of Jesus (Matthew 18:15-17), and we seek to build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11). We seek to eliminate from our life together what is often called, “church politics.” We don’t gossip, malign, spread false rumors, or seek to glorify anyone’s personality except Jesus. We rejoice together, and we suffer together (1 Corinthians 12:25-27).