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Kingdom Culture

At GodFirst as our name suggests, we are developing a culture where we can encounter God's presence whenever we meet. Every group develops a culture, a way of doing things together which can either happen accidentally or deliberately. We are intentionally creating an environment where we honour God and people. From our identity as sons and daughters we live in freedom with authenticity and acceptance of others. We are generous with our time, gifts, money and celebration of one another. We take risks by faith to grow in courage to see God's kingdom come.

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Our culture has five key components.

Honour : Releasing life by glorifying God and recognising the value in myself and others.

  • Honour comes from the heart. We have been given honour by God himself. Out of the place of receiving honour from God we are able to honour and respect ourselves and others.

  • Develop a heart of gratitude. Make thanksgiving a key foundation in your life.

  • Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

  • Be aware of what you are speaking over yourself and others. Our words have incredible power.

  • Be on time whenever you can. Honour others by valuing their time.

Freedom : Living from approval, not for approval, as a child of God.

  • We are completely accepted in Christ, just as we are, unconditionally. We can do nothing to earn our acceptance or lose it. Wow!

  • Look for ways to be kind to others. Kindness is a mark of true strength.

  • Never be shocked or self righteous about the sin of others. We’re all a mess without Christ.

  • Never allow yourself to think you would have done better given someone else's circumstances.

  • Don’t compare yourself to other people. Really work at accepting yourself.

Authenticity : Shine with integrity, truth and honesty.

  • True community cannot exist with masks. When the masks come down genuine connection begins. Let people see who you really are.

  • Make sure you always have a small number of people who know everything!

  • Who you are when no one’s looking; that’s who you are.

  • We are called to speak the truth in love. Ask yourself, ‘Am I having brave conversations?’ ‘Is what I’ve just said truthful/loving?’

  • In it all have fun. Purity and authenticity Gods way is joy filled not heavy!

Generosity : Receive, enjoy and release God’s abundance.

  • We have a radically generous Father. When we are generous with our time, money, resources and gifts we look like him.

  • Look for ways of serving your Academy family. Serve others as if you are serving Jesus (you are!).

  • Ask yourself, ‘What is the most loving thing I can say or do right now?’

  • Champion others in their pursuit of Jesus and what He’s called them to.

  • Offer hospitality and make people feel special. Exceed expectations.

Faith/Courage : Fearless Christianity.

  • Jesus overcame the worst kind of opposition so that you can overcome. All things are possible with God.

  • Learn to hate fear; it’s one of our greatest enemies.

  • Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb; that’s where the fruit is.

  • Expect to make mistakes.

  • Live with the joyful expectation that God intends to be good to you.

  • Encourage, encourage, encourage.


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