This is a discernment post from Grand Rapids Evangelical Free in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. What can you deduce from the values page? Any red flags that give you pause about this EFCA church as you look at the website?
“Intelligence is something we are born with. Thinking is a skill that must be learned.”
Edward De Bono
“To live is to think.”
That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. 12 As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men.
Acts 17: 10-12 NLT
This is another discernment post that deals with an Evangelical Free Church in the North Central District. The name of the church is called Grand Rapids Evangelical Free Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Its led by Ken Abramson. This comes from their Values page which you can access here. What does this reveal? What does it show? Is this place healthy or does this raise red flags that result in you backing away and moving on? Feel free to discuss below and while you are at it study the website for any additional concerns.
When a group shares a set of values, everyone in that group understands what sets them apart from others outside of the group. Values are those things that we deem as vitally important and that provide direction and guidance in spite of our emotions. We do not compromise them and they are not up for debate. Below are the core values for the Grand Rapids Evangelical Free Church.
Biblical Teaching and Preaching
The scriptures are authoritative, inerrant, and the inspired Word of God containing the only plan whereby mankind can be brought into a right relationship with God.
All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness. 1 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Timothy 4:2, Hebrews 4:12.
Spirit empowered leadership is essential for the health of the church.
Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who feed you on knowledge and understanding. Jeremiah 3:15, Mark 10:43b-45.
We recognize the sufficiency and grace of God that is available to renew and refresh us through communication with Him. Prayer expresses our dependence upon Him, our trust in Him, and our partnership with Him in building His kingdom.
Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16, Philippians 4:16-17.
This includes individuals, families and children. God desires that all be restored to a right relationship with Himself.
The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9, Matthew 28:18-20a, 1 Timothy 2:3b-4.
God’s desire is that His people grow together in unity and maturity as the body of Christ.
For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12, Acts 2:42, John 17:20-21.
Personal Spiritual Growth
God desires for His people to live a transformed life.
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head , even Christ. Ephesians 4:14-15, 1 Peter 3:18a, Romans 12.2, 1 Peter 2:2.
Private and Corporate Worship
God is holy and worthy of our worship and praise. He desires for His people to worship Him. We value worship in all its forms including worship through music in contemporary and traditional styles, through giving of tithes and offerings, through sacrificial service to others, and through obedience to the word of Christ.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:23-24, Romans 12:1, 1 Chronicles 16:29