Our Values - Who We Are
Five resolutions bring clarity to what we value most highly at Journey Church. These values guide how we achieve our mission and determine our ministry distinctives.
We resolve to live for God’s Glory
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100)
There is no greater news than the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If we truly understand the magnitude of what Christ has done for us our lives will be marked by an enthusiasm for the Gospel.
At Journey Church our passion for God’s glory is expressed through joyful and enthusiastic worship services and a spirit of celebration around all the gifts and blessings God has provided. This enthusiasm to see God glorified extends beyond our body in a commitment to personal evangelism, church planting, as well as both local and foreign missions.
We resolve to submit to God’s Word in all that we do
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We submit to God’s word in all that we do as the final authority for faith and life. Corporately Scripture dictates how we order the church; individually it dictates how we order our lives.
At Journey Church Scripture will always be central to our large group gatherings, in-home community groups, Journey Kids teaching, and classroom curriculum (Roots Classes). The preaching on Sunday always starts with Scripture and seek to explain and apply its truth to our lives. When we provide counsel to one another it will be derived from the Word, believing that we flourish as human beings when we live according to God’s Word.
We resolve to be doers of the Word
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (James 1:22-25)
The life of a Christian ought to be one marked by active repentance and faith. As we grow in our knowledge of the remarkable truth of the Gospel we must go beyond listening to response.
At Journey Church we expect Christians who are actively responding to the Gospel will be increasingly distinct in the way they view the world and steward all we have (e.g. time, talents, finances, etc.). Furthermore, our lives are marked by a consistent pattern of repentant living and reliance upon the grace of God. Our faith in the gospel enables us to forgive generously, practice humility and rest in God’s love and mercy.
We resolve to live in biblical community and to gather regularly
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47)
Much of our spiritual formation occurs primarily in the context of biblical community. Biblical community is one of specific purpose where we foster an environment and relationships where we can: know others and be known, love and be loved, serve and be served. Within the church we serve and love each other in such a way that the world may know that we are Jesus’ disciples.
At Journey Church biblical community extends well beyond our time together on Sunday mornings. We expect all members of Journey Church to participate in weekly small group meetings (Community Groups) and encourage individual discipleship relationships. We place a high value on church membership, as we believe it is an expression of what God has made us: members of a larger body (1 Corinthians 12). We seek to live transparent lives confessing sin and encouraging one another to pursue repentance. We strive to love as Christ has loved us, practicing generous forgiveness and seeking the good of others ahead of our own. We give each other the right to lovingly and respectfully speak truth into our lives that we all may be accountable to the truth of God's Word and grow in our faith.
We resolve to love and serve our neighbor
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:3-7)
As we grow in our faith our focus of what we do shifts from meeting our needs to meeting the needs of others. As Christians our acts of service go beyond just practical helps, as they are acts of worship grounded in love and the desire to see the ultimate need of others met, their reconciliation with a holy and righteous God.
At Journey Church we are committed to helping our neighbors through meeting their practical needs directly as well as serving along side other individuals and organizations in Everett seeking to do the same. Our orphan and vulnerable children ministry is an expression of this same value that reaches beyond local adoption and foster care support to supporting home based care programs in Ethiopia through a partnership with World Orphans.