As an introduction to new folks at Evergreen and a reminder to long-time members of our community, we want to take some time working through our values and beliefs. Part Four continues with one of our core values: Hope
We want to develop a consistent feel to what we do- a voice that we speak with. Our desire is that it would be one of Hope.
Too often faith devolves into religiosity and what ought to be a life-giving message becomes merely a checklist of items to believe and behaviors to adopt. Somehow, Jesus’ message gets reduced to a list of “shoulds”… as in, “You should do this” and “You should do that.”
While there will always come a time when we need to point people in a certain direction and say “should”, more often than not we need to be about “coulds.” Drawing a picture for those we meet of who they could be, of the person God created them to be… and rather than pushing them towards that out of guilt or obligation, pulling them towards it out a sense of love and hope