Core Values of First Christian Church of Helena
Love of Scripture: The Bible is a living, breathing document that invites us to grow in our relationship with God as we listen to the stories, poetry and wisdom passed down from generation to generation. It has the power to nourish our souls and enrich our lives when we prayerfully study together. We understand and respect that Christians often have areas of disagreement regarding interpretation; we believe that open dialogue creates room for the Holy Spirit to guide our reading in fresh ways.
Hunger for Learning: When we open our minds to learning more, we grow into a deeper relationship with God and a deeper commitment to following Christ. Education is practiced at all levels of our life together, from the smallest child to the oldest adult, everyone continues to learn and explore their faith. You won’t be asked to check your mind at the door—your questions, your doubts, your struggles are welcomed in this place, and welcomed by God.
Community: We become more and more of who God created us to be when we are supported and stretched by our community of faith. Being in community offers gifts of support, comfort and friendship; but it also requires us to uphold one another, to challenge each other to grow, and to put the good of the community ahead of our own personal desires. These relationships are seen most clearly and strengthened by the Spirit in the regular practice of the Lord’s Supper, where all are welcome.
Grace: The death and resurrection of Jesus tells us that God is always reaching out to us with grace, forgiveness, and newness of life. This church is a place where we can bring all our flaws and failures and still find the love of Christ and others. Only God is ultimately capable of accepting each person as they are, but we try our best to create ever-widening circles of grace.
Kingdom-Driven Service: God is working among us to create a coming kingdom of peace. We are the hands of Christ in the world today, called to be partners in the ongoing activity of God. We desire to address issues that plague our local and global communities as well as to help and comfort people in need. We practice service in both intentional and spontaneous ways, responding to the world around us to the best of our ability.
Spiritual Growth: The Spirit of God surrounds us and animates our lives, gifting us with joy and peace that we spread to all we encounter. Spiritual growth is the practice of connecting and tuning in to this life giving presence of God in an intentional, frequent way. We seek to continually strengthen our sense of closeness to God, our commitment to following Christ, our ability to listen to the Spirit, and our desire to share a life of faith with others.
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. -- Acts 4:32-35
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