Last week we defined a core value as “a constant, passionate, biblical/sacred, core belief that DRIVES your ministry or life.” At this point, some of our core values are aspirational (who we desire to become) while others are actual (who we are). In my opinion, Core Value #1 GENEROSITY is not aspirational; it’s who we are!!!
Tuesday, at the KBC Annual Meeting, I had the joy of receiving the Cooperative Program giving award on behalf of SV. We gave the second-highest total gifts through Cooperative Program to support missions and ministry here, near, and far. You might not know this, but even during a global pandemic, we exceeded our 2019 CP allocation by about $51,000. You are a model of God-centered generosity.
Remember, you have another opportunity to continue your generosity through Operation Christmas Child. This Lord’s Day, November 15, is the deadline for your gifts of joy. So thanks, again, for your love for God and people.
I hope we can experience Core Value #2 RENEWAL through the spirituality of the Word so that we can constantly fight against all forms of pride that will kill our ability to love God, love people, and make disciples until we are complete in Christ.
This Lord’s Day we will introduce Core Value #3 ACCOUNTABILITY by observing the friendship of David and Jonathan in 1 Samuel 20. I hope you will read and pray through this narrative. The Holy Spirit will give you insights into the story that I will likely miss, so make sure you are more excited about your communion with God than hearing “frail creatures of dust” deliver His truth. The Holy Spirit is the true teacher. If we protect our time with Him, He will enrich our worship together!!
Enjoy your time breathing in His Word.
Here are some soul care questions as you consider 1 Samuel 20:
- What is the foundation of biblical accountability?
- What are the traits of an accountable friendship?
- Why do some people avoid accountability?
- What relationship does Proverbs 17:17 and 27:17 have toward biblical accountability?
- Who is the greatest example of an accountable friendship in human history?
I am praying that these questions will tenderize your heart toward the text as we anxiously await our gathering. I want each of us “to grow in GRACE and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and to eternity.” (2 Peter 3:18). And with that, I pray we say a hearty Amen.
I can’t wait to see you again. God bless you beloved.