Organizations for years have spent a lot of time thinking through their core values, which help guide them in what they do and how they do it. Families have core values which help guide them in how they behave as a family. These values are sometimes unwritten and perhaps even unspoken, although I remember many times my parents and grandparents would correct my way of speaking or acting. There were core values in my family, beliefs that informed and dictated behavior.
Sparrows have good manners. Sparrow boys say yes mam and yes sir. Sparrows didn’t use bad words or anything that might resemble a bad word. Sparrow boys don’t talk back to parents. Sparrows respect authority figures. Sparrows attend church regularly. Sparrow boys obey their parents. Thus, a few of our core values growing up were respect, courteousness, obedience, and faith. They were beliefs that informed and dictated behavior.
I must admit that my brothers and I didn’t always live into these core values. Sometimes we veered from them. Sometimes we blatantly ignored them. Sometimes we forgot them. And my parents were quick to remind us of them. By the time we all graduated high school, we were all fairly decent human beings when it came to respecting others, being courteous, obeying our parents, and having a commitment to the Christian faith. Our parents modeled these things for us and did their best to instill these values into us.
Churches have core values as well, beliefs that are meant to inform and dictate behavior. When we know our core values, we know how to act and behave in our world. Being part of the Nazarene church, our core values are Christian, Holiness, and Missional. We are a Christian people which informs our behavior as we profess with our mouth and lives that Jesus Christ is Lord. We are a holiness people, which means that we are called to live Christlike lives. We believe that our holy God enables us by his Spirit and by his grace to become more and more like Jesus. Finally, we are a missional people, which means we are a sent people. We are called out by God from the world, redeemed and transformed by God’s grace to be sent out as ambassadors of the good news of Jesus Christ. We are always being sent out to others so that they can also know the good news about Jesus Christ.
If we are all honest, sometimes we forget our core values, or perhaps we forget to allow them to inform and dictate our behavior. And sometimes we need parents and grandparents in the faith to remind us of who we are as a Christian, holiness, and missional people. So, if you have forgotten our core values, or veered from them, or blatantly rejected them, know that you aren’t alone and know that there is grace for you. There is grace in the reminders that we receive from one another to be who we say we are…a Christian, a holiness, and a missional people. Let’s be who we say we are!
God Bless, Pastor Tony
September 2020 Hilltop Hi-Lights, page 2
The Nazarene church, in an effort to put down roots, established the Alabaster offering to fund the purchase of property and buildings around the world. Churches, schools, medical facilities and homes for missionaries are the primary buildings funded. Our church will receive our Alabaster offering on September 27. There are coin boxes at the back of the sanctuary for you to take home to collect your offering all month long.
A list is being complied of those interested in Baptism and Membership. Baptism is a public testimony of receiving Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Membership class is a great way to learn more about the Nazarene church. You are not obligated to become a member. But we would all love it if you joined our community. To communicate your interest, please fill out the communication card in the bulletin. The membership class, which met last spring and got put on hold, will resume at a later date.
Every Tuesday, the men are invited to Bridges Coffee House in the TVCC building downtown. This group meets weekly at 8:00 am for fellowship and Bible study. All ages of men are welcome!
The women’s Bible study will begin meeting on September 16, at 10:00 am, in the Cornerstone room. This study led by Gloria Caulk is for women of all ages and will meet every Wednesday.
Congratulations to Dick Cutshall & Joanne Wilson, who were married on Friday, Aug. 21, at 7:00 pm in the church chapel.
A new set of wireless mics was purchased for the Keller Center. Thank you to the donor who made this possible!
Church park trees were thinned in early August for safety reasons
Veggies for our neighbors growing in the community garden