This is the third of a series of nine blogs discussing our Core Values at Shoreline Church. These are the 9 things that we value at the core of who we are as a fellowship of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are a church that is “all about Jesus” and these embody what we find important as a fellowship. Our vision is to intersect the gospel and grace of Jesus with a lost and needy world. Our mission is to win, disciple, and send people. For more details, visit www.thisisShoreline.com.
DIVERSE GATHERINGS: EVERY TRIBE, NATION, and TONGUE.
Have you ever been on a team that has worked together really well to accomplish a goal? On a sports team, multiple people work together, with one goal in mind, to achieve that end. But they aren’t the only ones. There are coaches, technical staff, and medical personnel supporting their team on the field. Then there are the thousands of fans in the stands. They’re all there to support their team. In essence, everyone in the stadium is working toward one common objective. There needs to be unity, otherwise the team just won’t work well together. The same applies to the church.
As a church, we believe in the universal church – the unity of all believers through belief in the saving work of Jesus Christ. We also believe in the gathering of all believers, from all over the world, from every time period, and from every tribe, nation, and tongue in Heaven. We passionately long for that day – the day when we are assembled together with all believers in the presence of our Savior. This belief affects and informs our goals and desires as a church. We earnestly desire to see the Gospel spread to the ends of the earth and to disciple, equip, and send believers to accomplish this task.
We believe that God is a missionary-God who desires for people from every nation, tribe, tongue, region to come to a saving knowledge of Him. God is drawing all people to Himself (John 12:32) and using believers all over the world to extend the message of Salvation to every corner of the earth. It is every believer’s calling to carry the saving message of eternal life everywhere they go, evangelizing and making disciples (Matthew 27:19).
Every Christian has a special gifting which is designed to minister to and edify the church. Every believer has a role to play in the equipping and building up of the body of Christ. The Apostle Paul articulates this in Ephesians 4:12-13. He says that God has gifted believers “for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…”
In our gatherings, we desire a diverse collective of various racial, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds, worshipping and growing together in unity. In Christ, there is no differentiation between race, nationality, or economic status (Colossians 3:10-11, Galatians 3:26-28). Through faith in Jesus we are all children of God, brothers and sisters in Christ. We are able to celebrate our differences while maintaining this unity and oneness in Christ.
Do you agree with diverse gatherings as a core value? This is Shoreline!