Core values

Vibrant Community: Shoreline Church Core Values (4 of 9)

This is the fourth 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.

VIBRANT COMMUNITY: WE BELONG TO ONE ANOTHER

Definition of vibrant:  pulsating with life, vigor, or activity

Definition of community: unified body of individuals: people with common interests living in a particular area; a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society; fellowship

The church, instituted by Christ (Matthew 16:18), is a community like none other. It is a living, growing, organism with the Christ at its head and the Holy Spirit as its source of life. At Shoreline, we want to affirm and celebrate this vibrant community.

God’s design for the church is that all believers should share with each other in all things – in joys and in sorrows, in material possessions and in spiritual encouragement. We are told in Acts 2:44-45 that the believers in the early church “were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.” Those early Christians were together constantly – eating together, ministering to each other, sharing with each other, and evangelizing together.

Another word for this is fellowship. The Greek word used in the New Testament for fellowship is koinonia. What all is entailed in the word? A lot. It sums up all things related to fellowship – communion, sacrificial living, sharing material possessions, sharing sorrows and joys, close loving relationships. This kind of close fellowship flows from a close, intimate, love relationship with God. Henry Blackaby puts it this way in his book Experiencing God: “Koinonia is the most complete expression of a love relationship with God. When you live in this kind of love relationship with God you will have the same quality of loving fellowship with other believers.”

A church isn’t a social club, a weekly occurrence, or a motivational, self-empowerment meeting. It’s a living organism with many parts. With Christ as the head, the organism functions best when all the parts are functioning together.

The New Testament is littered with multiple references to our unity, our oneness, and our belonging to each other. In Romans 12:3-5 Paul reminds the church in Rome that “we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” Likewise, in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Paul shares God’s design for the unity of the church with the Corinthians. Using the picture of the human body, he tells them that being many, they are members of one body, the body of Christ. We were all baptized into one body, and that body is not one member but many.

God’s design for the church is that we would not live independently of one another, but interdependently. We need to live in dependence on God and in interdependence with one another. A believer that does not engage with other believers or belong to a church is missing a piece of the puzzle. They have cheated themselves and stunted their own growth. “Apart from the other members of the church (the body) you will not be able to experience the fullness of life God intends for you.” (Blackaby)

God intends that the Christian life be vibrant, vigorous, full of life and activity, and this is best done within community. This vibrancy is exhibited within the church, in the church’s outreach to its community, the world, and ministry to other churches with the same objectives in mind. All of this is accomplished through experiencing community with other believers.

Being one body made up of many members we have one common goal – one mission always at the front of our minds – to go into all the world and to preach the gospel. This is summed up simply in Shoreline’s mission statement: “Win. Disciple. Send.” This is the goal of our church and it should the goal of all believers. We certainly cannot accomplish this task apart from the powerful indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, but we also cannot accomplish this task without each other.

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

Do you agree with vibrant community as a core value? This is Shoreline!


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Diverse Gatherings: Shoreline Church Core Values (3 of 9)

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!


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Dynamic Teaching: Shoreline Church Core Values (2 of 9)

We place one of our highest priorities in preaching and teaching the Bible at Shoreline. In fact, to use the phrase Pastor Chuck Smith used often, we believe in simply teaching the Word simply. We don’t as much teach from the Bible as we teach through the Bible. Today there are many who assert that people need a few points on how to live better lives and we should tap in to their “felt needs”. Sadly, sermons become personality-based monologues that are reduced to ‘therapeutic deism’ that could apply in any religious gathering, Christian or not. There are even some churches that exegete a popular film rather than exegeting the Scriptures.


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Ardent Worship: Shoreline Church Core Values (1 of 9)

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Worship is a lifestyle, not an event. We were created to worship and glorify God with our lives, lips, and obedience (Psa 63:1-3, Rom 12:1, Mark 12:30, Psa 27:4-8). In our gatherings, we meet together for corporate worship, letting the word of Christ dwell in us richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in our hearts to the Lord. And whatever we do in word or deed, we do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him (Colossians 3:16-17).


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