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.
LOVE: WE LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY.
Is there a more popular but misunderstood word than love? The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus define love—because God is love. We'll love unconditionally all people without preference and welcome everyone without distinction. Love is patient and kind; love doesn't envy or boast; it's not arrogant or rude. It doesn't insist on its own way; it's not irritable or resentful; it doesn't rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends (1 Corinthians 13).
TRUTH: WE PURSUE TRUTH.
In a truth averse world, everything is up for grabs. We believe truth can be known and should be pursued. We believe that truth is more than a proposition—it’s a person. "Love without truth is sentimentality; it supports and affirms us but keeps us in denial about our flaws. Truth without love is harshness; it gives us information but in such a way that we cannot really hear it." (Timothy Keller). Truth must be genuine and sincere, full of integrity. Without truth, we have no foundation to stand.
HOSPITALITY: WE LOVE NEIGHBORS.
Jesus said anyone in need is our neighbor. We'll welcome others as Jesus welcomed us with relational generosity and radical hospitality. We'll love, bless, and serve our neighbors to meet physical and spiritual needs. This means we'll be generous with our time, talents, and treasures. We'll be available and accessible, inclusive and flexible, willing to become uncomfortable, with hearts that seek to serve. You are welcome here.
BEAUTY: WE CULTIVATE BEAUTY.
Made in God's image, we cultivate beauty through the diversity he 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. We value musicians, creatives, artists, and artisans because beauty matters.
TRANSFORMATION: WE EMBRACE CHANGE.
With God, people can and do change. We'll never get over the gospel and we'll live lives of continued repentance and faith. We want to see people and culture renewed and revived by the power of the gospel. This means we'll take individual ownership of our lives with a fierce commitment to change. We'll seek growth in others. We'll be marked by forgiveness and accountability, conviction and grace.
MULTIPLICATION: WE STRIVE TO MULTIPLY.
What starts here doesn't end here. Our big dream is to see the Cape saturated with the glory of God as the good news of Jesus spreads. We'll multiply Gospel Communities, plant churches, and send out missionaries to take the gospel both near and far. We're kingdom-minded, which means we believe we're part of something bigger than us. Where we can partner to see the Kingdom advance, we'll do so. This means we're willing to sacrifice at cost to ourselves and will walk with humble courage down any path where God leads us.