The Bible is the foundation on which we seek to base everything we do. Consumerism, spiritual compromise and and self-gratification are the messages constantly bombarding every American today, and the Word of God holds out a better, richer way of living. It has the power to set us free from so many things that cause pain and destructon in our lives. And, it offers healing and fulfillment for the empty places in our souls.
"The Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any two-edged sword, it penetrates even to the dividing of soul and spirit, joint and morrow; it judges the thoughtsand attitudes of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).
Worship is a lifestyle. Rather than gathering simply to sing songs and hear a sermon each week, we challenge and encourage every individual at Waterfront Foursquare to dedicate themselves wholly to worshipping God every day. Every activity, no matter how mundane, can be turned into an opportunity for bringing praise and glory to God, if we focus on serving Him in the midst of whatever we are doing.
Romans 12:1 says, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God --this is your spiritual act of worship."
Prayer is essential. Whenever we as humans desire to communicate with our Heavenly Father, He is ready to listen! And even more profoundly, He is ready to answer, in a multitude of ways. He wants to meet our needs, to help us make right decisions and healthy changes. He loves it when His children acknowledge and proclaim His Lordship over their lives. He doesn't want us to flounder in ignorance when there is so much more available to us. And it all starts with prayer.
(See the Lord's prayer, Matthew 6:9-13)
Every person has worth because of Jesus' death and resurrection. We can have a personal relationship with God because of what happened on the cross and in the tomb 2000 years ago.
Christ's blood, containing the very DNA of His Heavenly Father, was spilled on our behalf, cleansing us from our sins and making us right with God.
John 3:16 relates, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life."
Forgiveness frees. Because we are forgiven through the cross of Christ, we in turn can forgive those who sin against us. When we learn to let go of the offenses of others,we can walk in true freedom, laying down the heavy, painful load of hurt and anger, and experiencing true peace of mind, body and soul.
In Matthew 6:14-15 Jesus said, "For if you forgive men when they sin against you, Your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."
Community is key. Relationships matter: strong marriages, families, friendships, small groups and teams are the glue that keeps Waterfront Foursquare healthy and vibrant. We seek to promote a healthy community by offering many small groups and classes, along with larger church gatherings. And we're not afraid to have fun!
"And they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, to the fellowship, to breaking of bread and to prayer..." Acts 2:42
Your stewardship makes a difference. Everyday each person is faced with many choices: how do I use my time? What should I spend money on? Who should hang with?
When Jesus became our Lord, He gained the right to our lives. Now, if we see Him as our owner, our choices become a stewardship of the time, talents and treasure He has entrusted to us.
"Whatever you do, do it with all your heart as serving the Lord, not men" Colossians 3:23.
Mentoring others is our primary development tool. People grow best in relationship with others. Jesus' pattern was to spend time with followers so that they could see how He lived, loved and ministered. Our leaders seek to do the same.
"The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to reliable men, who will be able to teach others" II Timothy 2:2.