BEING THAT LEADS TO DOING
Values are deep beliefs that drive behavior. At Seven Mile Road, these core values direct and shape our culture as we seek to follow Jesus in the everyday stuff of life.
DOXOLOGY: WE WORSHIP AND WE TESTIFY.
We respond to God’s revealed truth and initiating grace with worship and testimony. Doxology is just a term for attributing glory to God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He’s our Creator, Savior, and Sustainer. We praise him out of thankfulness and joy, not obligation. His glory is magnified when we worship in response to his grace and according to his truth. Everything we do flows from this place.
DIGNITY: WE LOVE AND WE RELATE.
We show the inherent, God-given worth of every single human life with unconditional love and relational generosity. All are created in the image of God. We’ll love all people without preference and welcome everyone without distinction. More than that, we’ll prioritize and invest in relationships as we build authentic communities of love, trust, and transparency.
DIVERSITY: WE CREATE AND WE BEAUTIFY.
We cultivate beauty through the diversity God has designed and directed. It takes variety to make something beautiful. The Church is God’s work of art. No painter uses just one color and claims to have created a masterpiece. We strive to picture the creativity of our God and the diversity of our community. That means we’re a creative church of many colors, nationalities, life stages, gifts, personalities, and backgrounds.
DIRECTION: WE FOLLOW AND WE SERVE.
We follow the direction Jesus has given the church. Jesus gave his church a mission—to make disciples of all nations. He also commands us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Without this two-fold direction, we’re a purposeless people. We’ll serve one another and our community as we make disciples. We’ll aim our time, talent, and treasure in the direction God has prescribed.
DEVELOPMENT: WE MATURE AND WE MULTIPLY.
We pursue the development of God’s Kingdom. Following Jesus implies movement. God meets us where we are, but loves us into growth. He’s developing us to look more like Jesus as we develop others to know and follow him. As a church, we’ll multiply gospel communities, plant churches, and send missionaries to take the gospel both near and far. We’re kingdom-minded, linking arms with others to see the Kingdom advance.
DEPENDENCE: WE WORK AND WE TRUST.
We depend on God as we work and rest. Jesus calls his disciples laborers and harvesters. We work hard. At the same time, he says that he will build his church. Independent of him, our labor is pointless. Hard work is essential, but it’s not everything. In the Bible, God himself is seen resting after creation. Jesus took naps! Rest isn’t frivolous—it’s an act of faith.