Core Competencies

What does a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ look like?

The Core Competencies is a growth profile built upon Jesus’ commandments to love God as our first priority and love our neighbors as ourselves (Matt. 22:37-40). What are the core characteristics and traits of someone who is increasingly growing in his or her love for God and others? These thirty are not exhaustive but are core characteristics we see over and over again in the Bible. They holistically address the head (knowledge), heart (character), and hands (skills) of the believer so that he or she matures in Christ-likeness to the glory of God.

Core Beliefs

Personal God
I believe that the infinite and eternal God is involved in and cares about my daily life. Psalm 121:1-2

Jesus Christ
I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin – that He suffered, was crucified and buried, but rose on the third day, after which He ascended into heaven where He sits at the Father’s right hand. Hebrews 1:3

Trinity
I believe in the one true God of the Bible who exists in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 13:14

Authority of the Bible
I believe the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God and has the authority to command my belief and action. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Salvation by Grace
I believe a person comes into a right relationship with God by His grace, through faith in Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:8-9

Man & Sin
I believe all people are loved by God, and because of my sins, I need Jesus Christ as my Savior. John 3:16

Church
I believe the church is God’s primary way to accomplish His purposes on earth today. Ephesians 4:15-16

Christian Service
I believe God gives all Christians a gift to help others and glorify Him.
I Corinthians 12:4-6

Eternity
I believe there is a heaven and a hell and that Jesus Christ is returning to judge the earth and to establish His eternal kingdom. John 14:1-4

Stewardship
I believe that everything I am or own belongs to God. I Timothy 6:17-19

Core Practices

Worship
I worship God for who He is and what He has done for me.
Psalm 95:1-7

Prayer
I pray to God to know Him, to confess sin, make my requests before Him and to find direction for my daily life.
Psalm 66:16-20

Bible Study
I read the Bible to know God, the truth and to find direction for my daily life.
Hebrews 4:12

Nurture of the Family
I hold my family in high esteem and will seek to intentionally impact their lives for Christ.  Psalm 78:1-7

Spiritual Gifts
I know and use my spiritual gifts to accomplish God’s purposes.
Romans 12:4-5

Biblical Community
I will fellowship with other Christians because God has called me to love and encourage others.
Hebrews 10:24-25

Giving Away my Life
I give away my life to fulfill God’s purposes.
Romans 12:1,  Matthew 28:19-20

Giving Away my Time
I give away my time to fulfill God’s purposes.
Colossians 3:17

Giving Away my Money
I give away my money to fulfill God’s purposes.
2 Corinthians 8:7

Giving Away my Faith
I give away my faith to fulfill God’s purposes.
Ephesians 6:19-20

Core Virtues

Love
I unconditionally love others.
I John 4:10-12

Joy
I have inner contentment and joy in spite of my circumstances.
John 15:11

Peace
I am free from anxiety because things are right between God, others, and myself.
Philippians 4:6-7

Patience
I am patient with others.
Proverbs 14:29

Kindness/Goodness
I choose to do the right things in my relationships with others.
I Thessalonians 5:15

Self-Control
I exercise the power, through Christ, to control myself.
I Thessalonians 5:6

Faith
Being sure of what I hope for and certain of what I do not see, I exhibit faith that pleases God.
Hebrews 11:1,6

Humility
I choose to esteem others above myself.
Philippians 2:3-4

Forgiveness
I choose to forgive others and work towards reconciliation.
Colossians 3:13

Hope
I can cope with the hardships of life and with death because of the hope I have in Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:3-5

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