Church of the Abiding Savior Guiding Principles
As a family of faith, we are firm in our faith with the basic principle that: Jesus is Lord and Savior. With that as our base, ordered by the principles we find most important to do God’s mission, we are called to: pray and listen. be inclusive of all of God’s people responding to God’s will with action; demand justice; and seek to offer relationship and healing.
Jesus is Lord and Savior
Acts 2:25-28: 25 For David says concerning Him: ‘I foresaw the LORD always before my face, For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. 26 Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope. 27 For You will not leave my soul in Hades, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. 28 You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.’
Our congregational believes we are called to be God’s people and disciples who spread the good news. We obey His commandments. We invite others to fellowship with us, even when they are different from us in some way. When our neighbors join us, we are open to listening to their perspectives, even as we share our beliefs.
Pray and listen
Acts 2:42; Acts 10:22b and 33b; Acts 16:25
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship to the breaking of break and to prayer. 22bA holy angel told him to have you come to his house so that he could hear what you have to sat, 33b Now, we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us. 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God and the other prisoners were listening to them.
Prayer is the foundation of our church action, for in prayer we understand God’s word. Individually and together we strive to pray in our teaching, singing, fellowship, and worship, as well as in the many other kinds of work and play we do as a congregation.
We will be inclusive of all of God’s people, responding to God’s will with action and we will demand justice
John 13:15-17: 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for all. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than hi master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
As a congregation of faith and action, we will seek to embrace all who come through our doors with God’s grace and love. We seek to go beyond our comfort zone to make our community and world a better place. We must move into the future with passion and commitment that will enable us to grow and become even more vital with outreach to our community. We are committed to following Jesus’ example of serving each other and those in need, confronting racism and calling for justice for all people despite ethnicity, culture, economic background, language or gender.
We will seek to offer relationship and healing
Acts 10:36-38: 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peach through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know that has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached. 38How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how He went around doing goo and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him.
We seek to offer relationship and healing through Jesus Christ. We value sharing and demonstrating the good news of Jesus through outreach and valuing each other.