If you’ve ever been on a boat in any ocean or large body of water, chances are you’ve seen a buoy. Buoy’s (pronounced “boo-ee”) are a distinctively shaped and marked float, sometimes carrying a signal or signals, anchored to mark a channel or navigational hazard. At Waves of Faith, we also have buoy’s. Our 14 buoy’s serve to mark the channel we should travel as we follow Christ and avoid navigational hazards, and act as guides for our decision making.
1. The Gospel is not the diving board.
It’s the pool. Christians grow not by going beyond the Gospel, but deeper into the Gospel.
2. People are the mission.
Jesus died for people. Programs and facilities are not the point. These things are only tools to help us reach people.
3. Jesus commanded us to make disciples, not converts.
Following Jesus is not a one-time prayer you pray. Following Jesus means living as He lived, doing all He commanded.
4. Discipleship happens in community and in the context of relationships.
Active presence in a local church, and a small group, where you know and are known, is essential for spiritual growth.
5. The local church is God’s “plan A”.
The local church is the primary body through which He does His work on earth.
6. Belief unlocks the power for the mission of God.
God has placed His infinite compassion and power at the disposal of believing faith. We are here to believe on behalf of our community.
7. The church is not an audience; it is an army.
The church is not a group gathered to listen to a leader. Each member is empowered and released for ministry. Therefore, success is not based on how many people show up on Sunday, but by how many people are living heroically for Christ.
8. The week is more important than the weekend.
Our corporate gathering is just one small piece of what we do and who we are at Waves. How we live our lives the other six days of the week matters more than how loud we sing and how high we raise our hands on Sunday.
9. Stay where you are; serve where you live; let’s be the church in that community.
Our corporate gathering place is simply our hub we go out from. We believe the church works best when it’s local- we seek to be the hands and feet of Christ to our communities, and want to do life with the body of Christ around us.
10. Live sufficiently; give extravagantly.
The blessings of God are given to us not only for our enjoyment, but to leverage for others as Jesus leveraged His life for us.
11. The sermon starts long before we get to the parking lot.
How we treat people should be a demonstration of the Gospel. We love and serve wherever we are as we have been loved and served.
12. In light of global lostness, excellence must be balanced by “good enough.”
The focus of Jesus’ life was not buildings or programs. These things are only tools for the mission. We pursue them only insofar as they are helpful to that end.
13. We choose to believe the best about others.
Love keeps no records of wrongs. Love always believes the best.
14. Love is the most essential element of leadership.
We cannot effectively lead someone until they know we love them. In other words, people don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care.