“Haviland Friends Church demonstrates love for God and people through honor and service.”
God made it clear that the first and greatest commandment in scripture is to love God with all your heart, mind and strength. Jesus showed us how to live this out with His own life as a model to follow. (Matthew 22:37; Deut. 6:5) We want to inspire and move people toward life lived in a very real, loving relationship with a very real God. Loving God is at the center of everything we do, loving people becomes the result.
Love God - This is how we’re committed to loving God...
•CONNECT with God - The amazing thing about being in a relationship with God is that He’s with us all the time. We can do life with Him moment by moment through the promise that the Holy Spirit can dwell within us and have relationship with us. (John 15) When we choose to stay connected through prayer and meditation, our following of God becomes a walking with God. Connecting with God gives our life purpose beyond mere existence. (1 Thess. 5:17, Matt. 18:19)
•HONOR God and His Word - We believe that the Bible is the infalible Word of God. His Word is vital to His communication to us. It’s a vital part of how we grow in our relationship with Him. Because the Bible is more than just a book, it’s the living, active Word of God - we’re transformed when His Spirit helps us understand and apply Biblical truths to our everyday life. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 4:12; Rom. 10:17; Psalm 1:1-3)
•SERVE God in worship - The crucible of loving God comes from our desire to worship Him and adore Him. Everybody worships something. That is to say, we all give our attention, devotion, and loyalty to someone or something we love, value, and respect. God created us with that nature and desire that we may choose to spend time with Him, to see Him for who He is (1 John 1:1-5), and to worship Him with our physical lives. We believe that coming together as a church to celebrate and worship God is part of our purpose and role as a church. (Acts 2:46-47; John 4:19-24; Col. 3:16). Worship can take many forms and expressions. It’s primarily our attitude of reverence and love resulting in acts of service. As we regularly come together, we experience God’s presence and are reminded of who He is.
Love People - This is how we are committed to loving people
•CONNECT with people in community - We are convinced that real-life change happens best in the context of people doing life together (Heb. 10:24-25, Luke 6:12-13, Acts 2:44-46). We believe that the best way to connect people with God is to connect with them where they live, where they work, and where they play. We believe we are to be a church that is not limited to a building, rather to be a church for our community, for our region, and for our world. (Acts 1:8)
•HONOR people with authentic truth - We believe in authenticity, acceptance, and proclaiming the Truth to create an atmosphere where people can become whole (Rom. 12:3; Eph. 4:11-16, 25-26). There is no need to pretend we are better or worse than we really are, but as we accept each other and speak the truth in love to one another, we can help each other grow into the people God always intends us to be.
•SERVE people - We believe it’s important to meet people where they are on every level to give them the best opportunity to feel connected. We believe it’s vital to be in the world physically but not to compromise biblical truth. (2 Cor. 5:14-21; 1 Cor. 9:19-23) We are committed to use relevant communication in all our worship experiences without watering down God’s spiritual Truth.
Building Families -
•Families are forced to do life together and we feel it’s the church’s responsibility to teach them how to do life together well. When families are strong, our community will be strong, and God’s church will be strong. We become more loving people, displaying the fruits of the Spirit of God (Matt. 22:37-40; Gal. 5:22-23). Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control are the indicators of spiritual growth. When God moves in families, He moves in our community.