Core Beliefs of our Ministry
God is a God of Justice
Isaiah 61:8a “For I, the Lord, love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing.”
Hebrews 1:8-9 “Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of Justice. You love justice and hate evil.
Psalm 89:14 “Righteousness and Justice are the foundation of your throne.”
All People Matter to God
John 3:16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
God has special compassion on the poor and broken
Proverbs 19: 17 “If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord — and He will repay you!”
Psalm 72:12-14 “He will rescue the poor when they cry to Him; He will help the oppressed who have no one to defend them. He feels pity for the weak and needy, and He will rescue them. He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious to Him. “
We are all given gifts to be used for God’s glory
I Corinthians 12:7,11 “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.”
I Peter 4:10, 11b “God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another…then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.”
Service is an expression of our faith, love, and worship; was modeled by Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and is expected by His followers.
1 Corinthians 16:14 – Let all that you do be done in love.
Galations 5:6b …use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Our Micah 6:8 Strategy
1. To “do right” by people and treat them as they should be treated. It is our goal to be a voice for the millions that are suffering as victims of the modern day slave trade by spreading awareness.
2. To give of ourselves not only when it is convenient, but also when it is inconvenient. We want to seek out and provide opportunities for our family to serve and use our platform to inspire others to follow and impact the communities they live in.
3. To live in a way that allows us to regularly put others first. The “road tour” is our way of simplifying our lives to focus less on things and comfort and more on people and sacrifice.
True justice has the goal of reconciliation, restoration, and wholeness– not just for the abused and the oppressed, but for the abusers and oppressors as well. Justice is not destruction of an oppressor and elevation of the oppressed, but instead justice is only achieved in beautiful fullness when the oppressed has been elevated back to their rightful place, and when those who were guilty of the oppressing have experienced repentance, healing, and restoration as well.
We love the cause of justice– and we want to be a family who continues to seek it. However, we want to strive to remember that we are not seeking our own concept of justice, but God’s. As such, we want to be motivated by hearts of love, we want to maintain self awareness so that we don’t let our own junk lead us to seek destruction, we want to use the right means when seeking justice, and we want to make sure that the goal of any justice we seek is always wholeness, restoration, and healing– for everyone.
Looking up the word in the dictionary reveals mercy means pardoning some one’s punishment or being compassionate to our offenders. It is also an act of kindness, compassion or favor.
Mercy is one of the strongest qualities of our Lord. Lamentations 3:22 says, “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.” Other translations have it as “His mercies never cease”. In Psalm 103:10 we read, “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.”
We are all recipients of God’s mercy; no denying that. How are we doing with showing mercy to others? In Matthew we read about the parable of the unmerciful servant. The question that lingers on is: Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you? Matthew 18:33
The same question is directed towards us today. How merciful are we? Do we love mercy? Shouldn’t we have mercy on our fellow men just as He had on us?
“Walk humbly” is a description of the heart’s attitude toward God. Instead of taking pride in what we bring to God, we humbly recognize that no amount of personal sacrifice can replace a heart committed to justice and love.
This motivates by reminding us that all people have value. You matter to God and therefore you matter to us. This message of hope and value is shown by being dependent for our worth and our work.