Zeal for the Lord
Proverbs 8:17 says, "I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me." We believe those who seek the Lord will indeed find Him. Our hearts will find their greatest rest when we are walking in obedience to God and His Word. We cultivate intimacy with Christ as we corporately and individually study the Scripture, pray, and fast.
Matthew 16:24 says, "If anyone would come afer me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." Jesus Christ made this profound statement and it is a call to self-denial. As Jesus so clearly exemplified this truth through his work on the cross, we desire to die to self and live for his glory alone. This is where we get the phrase, "my life for yours." Laying down our lives for the good of another.
1 John 4: 9-10 says this, “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation (wrath-bearing substitute) for our sins.” This is at the heart of the gospel and this is at the heart of the Christian faith. God in His great love sent Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son to pay the price that we rightfully deserved because of our sinfulness. God is love. Our desire is to reflect the love of God towards others. Jesus says this, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
What does it mean to be humble? Philippians 2:3-4 says, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vein conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each others." A humble heart recognizes the grace upon grace that has been shown to wicked sinners through the work of Jesus on the cross. Because of His great love for us, we are empowered by the Spirit, to sacrificially serve and love others
One of the primary attributes of God is that He is compassionate. As we look throughout the Old Testament the people of Israel failed to meet the demands of the covenants God made with them. Over and over again they rebelled against the Word of the Lord and did what was right in their own eyes. But God showed great compassion in being slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love despite their sinfulness. Moving to the New Testament we see Jesus showing great compassion towards helpless crowds, a multitude of sick people, and blind men. Because of these examples we seek to empathize and be compassionate towards those within the church and our community.
2 Timothy 1:9 says, "God saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our own works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began." The call to holiness is a vital part of the Christian life; it means to be set apart and growing in obedience to Scripture. J.C. Ryle summarizes
it this way, "Sound protestant and evangelical doctrine is useless if it not accompanied by a holy life."