In every area of life we prioritize what we find most important.
Values. When we talk about values, we are actually talking about priorities.
Values determine both the "WHAT" we do and the "HOW" we do it. We talked about the "WHY" in a previous post on the mission of Northridge Kids. (Click HERE to read it now, if you missed it.)
Ultimately, values reveal and reflect the priorities of any organization.
For example, if you've ever flown on Southwest Airlines you'll recognize that compared to other airlines they're dressed more casually and create a level of brevity surrounding their safety announcements...that most people ignore anyways. That's a reflection of their value of being Fun-LUVing. Fun is a value that is clearly visible within their organization. Fun is celebrated and rewarded as the way that creates and maintains loyal customers. However, you will not see fun in the core values of Delta Airlines. They even call their values "Rules of the Road." There is no fun with Delta. There is however, safety and professionalism, which are also admirable traits.
Delta's values aren't bad. Southwest's values aren't good. Their values just serve as a guide for what they do and how they do it. Their values also determine "WHO" chooses to do business with them.
You're far more likely to hear a screaming baby on Southwest than Delta because serious business travelers want to be treated seriously, not greeted with families wearing Hawaiian shirts and floaties headed to San Diego for vacation. And since families don't want to annoy serious people, they'll fly Southwest, where kids are welcomed as evidence of fun.
Northridge Kids has seven values that serve as the basis for WHAT we do (Foundational Values) and HOW we do ministry (Methodological Values). Over the next several weeks we want to take time to introduce our priorities since they directly affect what activities and programs our staff implements. These values establish the words and actions of our volunteers and ultimately each parent's willingness to allow their kids to participate in our Sunday morning environments.
Our first value is the standard for everything else we know and do.
If your best friend wrote a story about herself, you'd want to read it. The same is true of God. If the Creator of the universe took steps to tell us about himself in a book, we should want to know about Him.
God has talked to us in such a way. That way is the Bible!
The Bible is where we hear what God says.
One of Jesus' closest friends, Paul, wrote to a young pastor in the first century named Timothy and reminded him that God has spoken to us and that knowing God has spoken was important. That letter is the book of 2 Timothy. It's amazing that we still have that letter 2,000 years later! Here's what Paul told Timothy:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Paul told him that Scripture, or the Bible, is God-breathed. That means its very words come from God! God is the source of the Bible's words.
Because those words came from God, their content is useful and helpful to us. According to Paul's letter, the words of God:
- Point us in the right direction ("useful for teaching"),
- Keep us from going in the wrong direction ("rebuking" and "correcting") and
- Help us become who God made us to be ("training in righteousness").
And ultimately the goal of that teaching is that we demonstrate our love for God and others through obedient service ("equipped for every good work").
When your kids come to Northridge Kids, you can be sure that what they hear will emphasize the Bible as the very words of God and that because God speaks to us, we should listen and obey.
want to know more about the bible?
Article. Brief yet detailed. Revelation, Inspiration and Illumination by Tim Challies.
Book. Deeper but understandable. Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung.
Tool. Talking points for your kids. Big Truths for Young Hears by Bruce A.Ware.