Our Guiding Principles

Loved By God - Living Out the Love of Jesus

#1 Growing Spiritually

Faith is the foundation for a lifelong journey with Christ. As we pray and study God’s Word, gather with God’s people, and work on the things that matter most to God we are shaped and transformed by God to reflect the image of Christ who dwells within us.

“15But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16

#2 Actively Caring For One Another

Whether in developing meaningful relationships over time or in the giving of a hug or support in times of stress or grief, we are committed to showing God’s love and to serving as signs of grace to one another.

“34I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35

#3 Welcoming & Inviting

Zion’s people have a reputation for hospitality and we work to make people feel welcome and included in the life of the congregation from the first time we meet. Because Jesus welcomes us and invites us to follow him, we continue that work by inviting and welcoming all people to join with us as followers of Jesus. You are always welcome at Zion!

“28Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

#4 Giving Generously

In the crucified and risen Christ we meet a God who is generous and sacrificial, offering the gift of abundant life. Responding to this gift, we offer our time, talents and treasures gladly and generously to further the work of Christ today.

“7Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

#5 Joyfully Serving

Both the teaching and the life of Jesus point to service as central to the Christian life. We continue the work of Jesus by walking the walk of faith in service to others, both in our individual lives and also together as a congregation.

“45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many." Mark 10:45

#6 Living Faithfully

All of life belongs to God and everything we do matters to God. Our Christian faith informs and shapes everything we do every day of our lives. In addition to living out our faith when we gather as the church, we equip one another to live out our faith in our homes, in our work, and in the community.

Living Faithfully in daily life “17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17