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He is the Head of the Body, the Cornerstone of the Church, and the Incarnation of Love. Knowing Him and making him known is central to Valley View. At the center of everything is our risen savior, Jesus Christ. He is the perfect climax of our story, the answer to all things. All we do stems from His love and saving grace in our lives. His presence provides the framework for the church.
The first and greatest commandment is: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All of God’s laws depend on these two. (Matthew 22: 37-40)
Our vision is to fulfill the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20 "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." We believe discipleship doesn’t end with becoming a believer in Christ. It is the lifelong process of constantly rededicating ourselves to following Jesus and his Great Commission.
As we approach making disciples as a church it has helped us to break it down into these four categories. By no means is this a perfect formula, just a tool to help in the discipleship process.
1. Inviting: Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave one last command: That as a follower of Him, we would share the good news of God’s love with others. We are called to bring those around us into a fellowship of ever-learning believers, a community of individuals who are growing together in their faith and love for the Lord.
2. Growing: We believe strongly that God has an amazing purpose for us as his children, and that we are to embrace this and live the life He has promised us. Sometimes healing is a necessary step in our growth toward this purpose. Believing that God has given each of us a unique identity in Him and living our lives as such is paramount to our walk with Christ. Through the church community, we can indeed grow into our God-given identity.
3. Equipping: God blessed us by sending his Spirit and giving each of us spiritual gifts. Discovering these gifts and learning how to utilize them is an important part of being a disciple.
4. Sending: The key word in Jesus’ Great Commission is “GO,” making disciples who in turn go and make disciples and being so touched by the gospel that the gospel in you touches others.