Pillars of Evergreen SGV – Part 2

Today’s blog is a continuation of last Tuesday where I shared about the first four scriptural pillars upon which I was supposed to build the culture of our Church Family. I will share the other six plus two additional ones added in the past twenty years.

The first four are (1) The preeminence of Christ, (2) The prominence of faith, (3) The precedence of the Word and (4) The power of prayer.  Let’s continue.

The Priority of Family

We are a people who place God first and family second. 

Our lives will be all about faith and family before anything else.  Nothing, including ministry should take precedence over our walk with the Lord and our commitment to family.

Genesis 2:24 states “For this cause a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.”  God disclosed to us that our marriage has a priority in life.  We are one with our spouse and there is nothing closer to us than that.

Also, in Genesis 1:28, “God’s primary command to the first husband and wife team was to “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…”  In other words, have children was a result of the sacred union.

Hence, it should be “God first, family second and everything else third”.

The Practice of Generosity

We are a people who give generously.

Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 9:6 “…he who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully.”  One of my favorite passages about giving is found in Proverbs 11:25 “The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.”

 We are to give as generously as the One who spared no expense so that we could be forgiven of our sins and have eternal life.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

Whenever I think of the price Jesus paid for me, how can I not be generous with the things God has entrusted to me?

We should be a church that practices “Faithful living, generous giving”.

Something to think about…