Numa is a non-denominational Christian Church. We believe that the Bible is God's Word, Jesus is the Son of God and the Holy Spirit of God is our Guide into all Truth. We hold to four core values: L256. We look into Scripture and we see the model of what a church is called to be. The early church was born in a time and era of persecution. Yet in the midst of being viewed as a strange religion with peculiar people who were known as “of The Way,” they church thrived. It’s important for us to look back and see what God had in mind for the church -- for us to break the cycle of the status quo while honoring the traditions and understandings of our predecessors. We are called to be His disciples living out, what we call, our L256 values:
L is for love
God is love.
We love God because He first loved us. But how many of us can say we "get it?" We get real love? This is all about God's love for us -- we are a family of love, living out love, and discovering love. We love others and we engage the world with God's love.
Verses: (John 3:16, 1 John 2:5, 4:8)
5 is for circle leadership
Studying His Word.
Bring others into God's spiritual family.
In Acts 2:42-47, Luke gives us a glimpse of what the early church "family" was like: a compelling picture of God’s love, power and peace flowing through a radical community of ordinary people. Ephesians 4 speaks of 5 specific leadership roles that are given to the church, to equip people to do the work of ministry.
We look at these two passages and see a picture of what the church is called to be, even today! A church is supposed to be full of God’s power and unction, God’s mission to bring forth the Gospel, God’s care and compassion, God’s Word and revelation, and God’s direction and guidance. When a church is living in God’s will, God’s Way, they are living out each of these things: breaking bread, studying His Word, praying together, sharing with one another as they have need and bringing other’s into God’s spiritual family. Five distinct roles for leaders to see five unique expressions of community: the church working as it is supposed act!
Verses: (Acts 2:42-47, 1 Cor 12, Eph 4)
2 is for intergenerational
Two generations, not just one.
We are called to be an intergenerational church: two generations, not just one. The final verse of the Old Testament in Malachi 4:6, prophesies that the “hearts of the fathers will turn to the children and the hearts of the children will turn to the fathers.” We see in the Church and in the instructions of Paul that we are to honor our fathers and mothers, and be honored, as the next generation – there is nothing in Scripture that says one generation is better than the other – we need each other. And in doing life together, we grow in intimacy with God, in relationship with one another, and we become a humble church that is compassionate and full of God’s Spirit. We’re not about a special generation, believing that every generation is special and in need of their father’s and mother’s, literally and figuratively. Even Jesus, the Son, says that He is doing only what He sees His Father doing (John 5:19). We are called to be generational - a family.
Verses: (Exo 20:12, Deut 4:9-10, Deut 6:4-9, Mal 4:6, Pro 1:8,9, Pro 10:1, Pro 30:17, Luke 2:48-52, 2 Cor 12:13-15, Eph 6:1-4, Col 3:20-24)
6 is for six streams
The Contemplative Tradition
The Holiness Tradition
The Charismatic Tradition
The Social-Justice Tradition
The Evangelical Tradition
The Incarnational Tradition
Jesus’ life and ministry, in Scripture, shows us what it means to follow Him. If we are called to be a church of disciples, we must live up to the name: we must learn from the Master. And we must learn to disciple, like the Master. Throughout church history, there have been six traditions that have echoed and pursued the Master in unique and important expressions of worship and faith. Those traditions are reflections of the life and ministry of Jesus himself.
It’s too easy for church’s to reflect just their leader or leadership, their character, gifts and passions. The church is not about one man, nor just its leadership. The church is place where leaders equip people, and the people live out their faith! The church is a place where people grow by relational gravity that pulls someone towards areas in their life and faith that may not be familiar or comfortable, but are reflections of Jesus.
It’s easy to just be a Bible believing church but not do the ministry of compassion that Jesus lived -- not just in what he did but how he lived: he was homeless, he identified with the least and the lost by being with them, not just giving stuff to them while living in a mansion, on a hill. He was incarnational! It’s easy to charismatic, as a church, but forget that without being holy, our passion is just hype. Though it stretches us and remakes us, it is important to be a church that Jesus’ called forth, and that requires great-great humility. We are called to be a church of six streams pouring into one river: the river of discipleships that invites others in to take that deep, baptizing, refreshing, love-overflowing and life-altering dive.
Verses: (The Gospels, literally all of it!)