Our Spiritual Bearings

Embedded in the phrase “purpose-driven believers” are the five spiritual bearings (reference points) that need to be aligned and balanced to insure that we accomplish our mission and experience our vision.

  1. Worship...glorifying the triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, by the joyful expressions of our love and awe. (Matthew 22:37-39; John 4:24; Ephesians 5:18-21; Psalm 100)
  2. Fellowship...nurturing healthy relationships that produce a unified, peacemaking family of believers. (Matthew 18:15-20; Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 4:1-5:2)
  3. Discipleship...being transformed into Christʼs likeness in every area of our lives. (Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 6:40; I Corinthians 4:16; Philippians 2:5)
  4. Ministry...serving each other with our gifts, talents, and abilities. (John 13:12-17; Matthew 23:11; Ephesians 4:11-16; I Peter 4:10-11)
  5. Evangelism....partnering with Jesus in His global “search and rescue” mission. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 5:19; Luke 19:10; John 1:41-42, 3:16-18, 4:34-38; Acts 1:8; II Corinthians 5:14-21)

Our Values

This list of values is a description of the enduring, no-compromise principles that will guide Three Riversʼ pursuit of its mission and vision.

  1. Living with grace and truth

    Our desire is to graciously provide a safe place where people can process the timeless truths of Scripture. At the same time, we want to balance grace by encouraging loving accountability for the application of the Scripture. We deceive ourselves if we “merely listen to the word”, and do not “do what it says.” (James 1:22) In all our relationships we intend to imitate Jesus Who lived His life “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14; Romans 3:22-24; Ephesians 4:15-16)

  2. Talking with God

    To keep us in step with God, we are committed to saturating this ministry with continual communication with our prayer-hearing Father. Following Christʼs example, we intercede in behalf of the world and the church. We want to be “a church where everyone is prayed for everyday by somebody.” John Bunyun puts prayer in perspective: “You can do more than pray, once youʼve prayed. But until youʼve prayed, you canʼt do more than pray.” (Daniel 10:12ff; Colossians 4:2ff; Ephesians 6:18; I Samuel 12:23; I Peter 2:9-10; Philippians 4:6f; James 5:13-16; Hebrews 4:15)

  3. Living sacrificially

    Though time usage and the other components of our lives ought to comply with Godʼs directives, Jesus concludes that the way we use our material possessions stands out as a reliable indicator of our spiritual vitality. Our attitudes toward our “stuff” clearly indicate where our faith and allegiance lie. Wealth is not to be despised nor hoarded, but used as a manager uses the Ownerʼs resources to effectively accomplish the Ownerʼs goals. Our motto is “equal sacrifice, not equal giving.” (Luke 16:10-15; I Timothy 6:6-10, 19; Malachi 3:10; Psalm 24:1; II Corinthians 9:6-8; II Samuel 24:24)

  4. Telling your story

    Sharing our faith in Jesus was never meant to be “canned” or artificial. It was meant to be relational. We emphasize lovingly reaching out to others through webs of relationships and spheres of influence and association. Whether it is a local or global effort, we encourage people to share their story of how Jesus changed their lives for eternal life is found in no one else. (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 5:19-20; John 1:40-42; 5:24; 17:3; Acts 1:8; 4:12)

  5. Doing life in small groups

    In our desire to do life deeply as the family of God, we want to encourage everyone to be intimately involved in a small group (4-12 people). We believe this is where we can best develop our sense of belonging and, in a confidential setting, take the risks of being vulnerable. Life change is more likely to take place where we can be lovingly held accountable for all the “one another” commands. We seek to follow the pattern of Jesus ministry and the early church experience. As a practical result, the basic spiritual nurture of those who attend this church will be delegated to small groups and their leaders. (Matthew 10:1-4; John 13:34-35; 17:20-22; Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 4:1-5:2; Exodus 18:24-26; Ezekiel 34:1-16)

  6. Building Healthy Marriages and Families

    Marriage and family are our transcendent Godʼs good ideas. We believe marriage is a union between a man and a woman that is (a) monogamous; (b) sexually exclusive; (c) the morally legitimate context for raising children; and (d) permanent. We encourage husbands and wives, parents and children to live by the biblical principles for their roles in the family. This church will aid parents in the spiritual nurture of their children and youth, but it can never replace their influence. Godly husbands and wives are the best example of the love relationship between Christ and the church to those looking for the gospel truth. Healthy marriages and families provide the basic building blocks of our church and a foundation stone for a stable, healthy, and productive society. (Gen. 1:26-28, 2:18, 22-24; Eph. 5:22-6:4; Deut. 6:1-9; I Pet. 3:1-7; Jn.17:23)

  7. Growing intentionally

    To keep us from just drifting into the future, we intentionally set specific goals to measure our progress and to evaluate our needs. This helps us clarify our sense of direction and align our annual efforts to accomplish our mission and experience our vision. We measure what we value. Our order of priorities: the Prince, the principles, the people, the program, and the property. Over all our plans we write, “If it is the Lordʼs will.” (Matthew 6:21, 33; Mark 4:24; Proverbs 16:3,9; 19:21; Ephesians 5:15-17; Psalm 25:12; James 4:13-17)

  8. Enjoying the journey

    If anyone ought to enjoy life and creation it ought to be those who know the Creator. In fact, God is most glorified in us when we broadcast how satisfied we are with Him. We want to do our best to express our pleasure with Him by living our lives, both individually and as a family of believers, as an enthusiastic, joyful celebration of Jesusʼ life in us. (John 17:3; I Cor. 10:31; Psalm 37:1-4; Isaiah 56:7; Acts 14:17; Colossians 3:23,24; Psalm 100)

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