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The goal of our prayers is to know and do the will of God. We don’t want to offer Him suggestions He might think about, but rather wait upon him to reveal His will that we may pray in agreement with Him. Christ is the Head of the church and the One who makes the decisions. The role of leaders is to know Christ, hear His voice and lead the church in surrender and obedience to His will. Prayer is the pathway to seeing that accomplished.
(Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 18:18-20; 1 John 5:14-15; James 4:3; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
2. The Exchanged Life - Grace
God has called us to proclaim new life in Christ and that it is available to every person. This new life is in no way connected to the old life. When a person comes to faith in Christ, repents of sin and receives God’s grace, they are immediately changed. This change is an actual exchange of who they used to be for who Christ is. The life of Jesus is placed within them through His Holy Spirit and the person has a brand new identity - Jesus. We do not strive hard to be like Jesus, but we surrender to Jesus who lives His very life in us.
(Galatians 2:20; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 15:5; Philippians 4:13; Colossians 1:26-27; Romans 6:5-7)
3. Biblical Worldview - Truth
God’s Word gives a comprehensive view of life. It is the Creator’s explanation to us about His existence, our existence and the meaning of the world and everything around us. It tells one continuous story about His redemptive plan for mankind. Studies have shown that only a very small percentage of American Christians know and live a truly Biblical Worldview. Sadly, there has been a great influence of culture on the theological development of modern American Christians. The Bible applies to all of life including the family, human sexuality, the role of government, human origins, absolute truth of right and wrong, economic systems and how we are to live in every area of life.
(Colossians 2:6-8; Matthew 7:24-27; Hosea 4:6; John 8:31-33; Colossians 1:15-17; Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 4:8)