Values are the heartbeat behind our mission.
Values light a fire and they keep our collective soul burning. We care about these things. They characterize the “why” behind our missional “what.”
We hold four values dear: MAKING DISCIPLES, a core belief that EVERYONE MATTERS, recognizing the need for a PACE OF GRACE, and creating GENERATIONAL IMPACT.
Reaching and developing people is a top priority. Jesus commissioned the church to make disciples when He said, “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.” [Matthew 28:19-20]. Making disciples involves reaching people who don’t know Jesus, teaching them what He expects, and mobilizing them to live for Him.
At Turning Point, we have taken the opportunity to specifically define what a disciple looks like — Someone who turns to follow Jesus and experiences fruit-bearing change.
Every single person represents a life God created, a soul He loves. Jesus set upon a mission to restore every person so that each can experience the life He designed for them. We believe Jesus gave Himself so that all can be reborn to walk in their destiny. “For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” [Ephesians 2:10].
People have value, both before and after they meet Christ. People are works in progress. We take steps forward; we take steps back. We commit not to judge, but love and challenge each other. We want to be invested in and call out the best in each other. “Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” [Philippians 2:4-5].
We believe in paying special attention to the least, the lost, and the left behind. We value directing our actions so that we don’t overlook anyone that Jesus expects us to see: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these…you did for Me.” [Matthew 25:40].
Pace of Grace
We recognize that the power to change a life belongs to God. Through His sovereign and effectual grace, He alone can regenerate a sinner’s soul from death to life [Ephesians 2:1-10; Titus 3:5]. Even after salvation, real and lasting change to our flawed character and sinful habits is the outcome of God’s grace. Philippians 2:13 clarifies that “God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” In response to our obedience and humility, God will empower us with His strength in our weaknesses. We change… by God’s grace!
The pace of grace also applies to when changes occur. We believe in miraculous instantaneous change; that God can speak a Word and addictions break, healing comes, hurts removed. The presence of God can alter things in a moment. However, change is often a process. There is a slow burn to most change that comes over time through disciplined action to learn and apply truth that transforms.
It is our desire to apply this grace to one another as God does His own work in each of us. If we are not careful, having such strong change ambitions can lead to legalism. Because God did a particular work in me that changed something in a specific way, we might have the same expectations for the same thing happening in someone else. Grace gives us patience for one another as we change.
Generational Impact on Families
We want to see men, women, moms, dads, children, siblings, grandparents all turning to Jesus and experiencing life change. We want to see the family changed, we want to see generational curses broken, legacies altered, households different. While we often think in terms of a moment, God takes a longer view. He thinks, plans, and acts in generations:
- “I am making this covenant both with you who stand here today in the presence of the Lord our God, and also with the future generations who are not standing here today.” [Deuteronomy 29:15]
- “He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him.” [Luke 1:50]
Our value to see generations changed is born out of the heart of God! He has a passion to see a movement of faith and the whole family affected by the call to follow Jesus boldly. We want college students to ignite their rising generation to say “Yes!” to Jesus and “No!” to lesser things. We want to see men influencing two and three generations of their family with their own courageous commitment to follow Christ. We want to see women find their God call and make their mark in this historic season.
We want to build strong healthy homes with a heritage of faith and faithfulness. We want to pray for, believe for, and invest in the development of all members of our family so that each may be bold followers of Jesus.
Maturity Marked by Mission