What We Believe
Jesus, Home, & Others First
The life of Christ inspires us to become better men and women, better families and better people in general. His example in the Bible motivates our priorities: the way we live our lives and the choices we make. The love and grace that He demonstrated to people of all backgrounds challenges us to do the same. Although we strive to model His perfect life, we find forgiveness for our failures through His death and His ability to come back to life. The Spirit of God resides in each one of us, providing both guidance and comfort.
God set up the home right from the beginning, and even to this day, it is still the one thing that creates communities of strength. When we talk about home we mean the place outside of church, between Sundays, where you live life, build relationships and experience every emotion from intense sorrow to amazing joy. We believe that every moment is given to us and holds the potential to teach us and inspire us if we just take the time to look. No matter where you are in life, your home is where your faith meets the road. When each of our homes is a beacon of light and truth, the world is enlightened with an understanding of who God is and what it means to follow him wholeheartedly.
People are selfish. We all are born this way. It takes work and intentionality to love others as much as we love ourselves. This is a place where we fight for the last spot in line and find opportunities to help and support each other in ways that stand out to people. It could be mowing your neighbors lawn, giving clean water to a village half a world away or just calling someone to say hi. We know that no act of unselfishness is ever wasted.
"Seven Style" is a term we use for living out seven aspects of our faith seven days a week. Things like this are just easier to remember when numbers are involved. Anyway, the aspects of Seven Style are:
We find our identity in God, and who we are in Jesus. When we recognize our value and the value of those around us based on that identity, a world of love and mercy opens itself up.
While all of us are unified in our identity as believers, we all have been uniquely gifted and created to do God's work here on earth. We can find abundant life when we embrace the ways that God has naturally "wired" us.
Stuff (Time, Talent, Treasure)
At Second Place, we're all about priorities. So while certain things in life, like our time, our talents, and our treasures are important, we need to properly prioritize them. By allocating these things for the sake of God and others before ourselves, we can find what true abundance in God means.
Our lives are lived out in moments. We can not only find God in these moments, but we can also learn to show that love to others too. The everyday moments of our lives is where God can work the most.
Our health is not only important to us, but to the work we can do for God as well. Followers of Jesus should strive to seek out physical, psychological, and spiritual health in all circumstances. It's not always easy, and we all need help. But it's why we have each other.
Sometimes the most tangible way we can experience God is through the love we share with each other. Whether we need it to be kept humble, or we need to be lifted up, the network of people God places in our lives is essential to God's plans for us.
This life that God wants for us isn't meant to be kept to ourselves. If our joy is true, and our love is good, of course we'll want to share that with everyone around us! Sharing our faith, whether by what we do or what we say, is just a natural response to God's love for us.