Our Values

Legacy Church Values

At Legacy Church our mission is to bring Glory to God, by partnering with Him to bring the transforming power of Jesus to individuals, our community and the world.  This statement has its roots in the life changing power of the Gospel.  Therefore, what we value in fulfilling this mission is rooted in the beauty of the Gospel message.

 

Truth of God’s Word

We value the truth of God’s Word.  We believe that in it its pages we discover the beauty of the Gospel story.  That it is one story told over thousands of years which communicates the truth about who God is, who we are, and the status of our relationship to Him.  In addition, through His word, God speaks and guides us on how to live out the truth of the Gospel in our daily lives.  Therefore, as we make decisions as a church we are guided by the word of God.  (John 8:31-32, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)  

 

Hospitality

We value being hospitable to those inside and outside our church family.  The Gospel message offers us a warm, loving invitation to God.  Therefore, we strive to offer warm hospitality to people inside and outside our church family.  This value can be seen in how we welcome people during our church gatherings, and as we open our homes and lives to people day in and day out. (Romans 12:13, Hebrews 13:2)

 

Give God Our Best

We value giving God our best in all we do.  Whether serving during church functions, in our workplaces, or in our homes, as an act of worship we always want to give Him our best.  This value is rooted in the fact that Jesus gave us his “best” on the cross, therefore we want to repay His kindness with responding to Him in the same way.  This does not mean however that we strive for perfection.  Perfection never comes this side of heaven and striving for perfection will only lead to shame and defeat.  Rather with grace, and the power that is supplied by abiding in Christ, we will continue to offer our best, and change our best as we grow in Christ.  (1 Corinthians 10:31, Colossians 3:23)

 

Loving Relationships

We value loving relationships.  As Jesus demonstrates God’s amazing love for us, we strive to love Him with all that we are.  But this love also compels us to love one another.  This love is more than a feeling, but an intentional decision to love in actions and in deeds.  Therefore, since it is hard to love what you do not know, in the context of loving relationships we strive to be vulnerable with one another.  In addition, while loving one another does involve kindness, it is possible to be kind, and challenge one another in love.  It is not loving just to tell others what they want to hear.  Finally, we value approaching every person with the sweet grace of Jesus.  We remember that we too are imperfect, and God still loves us.  So when people do hurt us, we extend grace to them, and forgive them.  (John 13:34, 1 Peter 1:22, Hebrews 10:24)

 

 

 

 

Trusting Faith

We value having a trusting faith.  Understanding the Gospel is about trusting what Jesus has said and done for us.  Therefore, we continue to trust God in large and small ways.  We value trusting that God is doing things behind the scenes that we may not fully understand in the present, but that all things are being worked out for our good.  This means from time to time we will take steps that do not make sense to the world, but perfect sense to God.  It means we may take risks that further the Kingdom of God but affect my personal kingdom.  It means that we expect God to do more than we can ask or imagine, and it means that in all we do, it is rooted in prayer.  (Proverbs 3:5, Romans 8:28, Matthew 17:20, 2 Corinthians 5:7, Hebrews 11:1)

 

Compassion

We value compassion-based ministry.  As we look at the Gospel of Christ, Jesus was known for His compassion, especially for those who realized they did not have it all together.  This means that as we seek restoration of the image of God in our own lives and in the lives of others, we place utmost importance of approaching people with understanding.  We strive to meet people where they are at, and not expect them to have their act together before people come and worship with us.  In addition, as we love, challenge, and encourage people in their walk with God we do it with all gentleness.  (Matthew 9:36, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Colossians 3:12)

 

Gratitude

We value Gratitude.  As we look towards the Gospel and we realize how much Jesus loves us, we well up in gratitude and thanksgiving for all that is good in our life.  This gratitude leads to two main things in the life of our church.  The first is worship.  Since worship is telling God that He is worth it, our gratitude leads us to tell God He is worth it.  We worship in song, in relationships with one another, in service to the church and our community, and in obedience to God living as he wants us to.  The second is celebration.  We strive to celebrate what God is doing in our lives.  Realizing that all good gifts come from above we will give God credit for moving and working in our lives.  (Psalm 107:1, Romans 12:1-2)

 

Being Sent

Finally, we value being sent.  As we think of what it means to be followers of Jesus, we understand that primarily our mission here on earth is to tell as many people as possible about the love and grace of the Gospel.  As Jesus was sent from heaven to earth to save us, we understand that we are sent to the world as well to lead others to Him.  Therefore, we look for opportunities to not simply gather in a holy huddle, but to be empowered, trained and encouraged to reach others with story of the Gospel.  This value of being sent also means that we strive to raise up future leaders to be missionaries locally, nationally, and internationally.  (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 26:17-18)