Our core values are the intentional and pervasive climate that we will strive to create as a means to accomplish our vision. They are more than activities; they are our culture and atmosphere of our church. They reveal those things for which the leadership would ‘get in the ring and fight for’. The Mosaic project will be organized around six core values.
1. Christ Centered Preaching: In the early church, their message was Jesus. Their lives seemed to be radically centered on Him. They spoke of Him, sang to Him, loved like Him, learned about Him, and lived like Him, to the point that the culture simply had to create a label for this whole new category of people. They were called, “Christians”, meaning, “little Christ’s”. Therefore, the Bible is our Guide for Faith, Life, and Values and the primary foundation of Mosaic Bible Fellowship. (2 Timothy 3:16, Acts 11:26)
2. Caring Relationships: A key factor in discipleship is being involved in caring relationships. At Mosaic, the context in which that care is expressed takes place not only on Sunday morning worship, but also in the context of small fissional groups. In the New Testament Church, Christians not only gathered in the temple for corporate meetings of worship, prayer, and teaching; but in smaller groups in the homes of other believers where people opened the scriptures and their lives to display the love of Christ and proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom. (Acts 2:46, John 20:21, Matthew 28:19, Revelation 5:9-10).
3. Practical Ministry: Love expressed is when we pull up our sleeves and serve one another. Our desire is for each member to utilize their God given abilities, skills, talents, and gifts for the Kingdom of God. We believe our city’s schools, businesses, and neighborhoods are waiting for the church to express the love of God in a practical methodology. (Galatians 5:13, Philippians 2:5-7, Isaiah 65:17-25)
4. Racial Diversity: The church at Antioch in the book of Acts is a great model of diversity starting with the leadership. “Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas Simon who is called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Mangen a member of the court of Herod the Tetrarch, and Saul.” (Acts 13:1). Mosaic is located in a racially diverse part of Kansas City and for that reason we are committed to mobilizing, equipping, and empowering indigenous leaders in the city. We believe the word of God is the standard by which we judge what is right or wrong and the way we accept color, class, and culture. As God’s church we see people the way He sees them … “For man looks at the outside appearance, but God looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7b).
5. Passionate Worship: Mosaic is a church with a passion to know Christ and make Him known. We realize and understand that in order to be fully engaged in passionate worship, we must worship God in spirit within the context of divine truth. (John 4:24)
Arch Bishop William Temple said, “Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness, nourishment of mind by His truth, purifying of imagination by His beauty, opening of the hearts to His love, and submission of will to His purpose.”
6. Outward-Face: Evangelism is not an event or a duty, but a passion of the heart. We will build an evangelistic culture in four ways. First, we will actively cultivate authentic, redemptive relationships with non-believers inviting them into the community of faith. Second, all of the ministries will have an “Outward-Face”, welcoming skeptics and seekers into our midst. Third, we will adopt a process-oriented (Socratic) communication style, in our small groups, inviting questions and engaging in dialogue about what we believe and why. Finally, we will teach and preach that a “Disciple” is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ in every area of Life. Jesus invited people to follow Him is reckless abandon for the sake of the Kingdom, therefore a “Disciple” @ Mosaic will have a certain swag, or DNA which will involve reaching, praying, and witnessing to unbelievers and discipling newer Christians.