Living a God-First Life

Spring Valley exists to help people live God-first lives. We realize that we cannot make this happen – only God can help people grow closer to him. We do feel that there are five primary habits that God uses to help us grow. They are…

Tithing

Tithing is a Biblical principle which dates back to the Old Testament, but is also included in the New Testament, and is very relevant today.

“A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” – Leviticus 27:30 NIV

“Then to the place the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name—there you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, and all the choice possessions you have vowed to the Lord.”Deuteronomy 12:11 NIV

“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings.” – Malachi 3:8 NIV

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” – Matthew 23:23 NIV

A tithe is the first ten percent of earnings which is to be given back to the Lord.  Offerings are amounts given above and beyond the tithe.

Attending

Regular church attendance is critical for spiritual growth.  Several things take place when one attends church.  For starters, there is the fellowship of believers.  By surrounding yourself with other believers, you will find encouragement, wisdom, and edification.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV

If you are sick or need of healing, the elders of the church can pray over you and anoint you.

Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” – James 5:14 NIV

Worshiping and praying together invites God’s presence, moves the hand of God, and increases faith.

“A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:12 NIV

“For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them.” – Matthew 18:20 NIV

No one is meant to be an island unto themselves.  God created us to have fellowship with Him and with each other.  The church is a body of believers, each one coming together for a purpose.

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.  Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 NIV

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” – 1 Corinthians 12:27 NIV

Daily Devotion

Daily devotion is simply spending time with God – in His Word, in prayer, in reflection, in worship. If you were to meet a new friend, how would you get to know him or her better?  The answer – by spending time.  The same holds true with God.  He desires us to spend time with Him daily so that we can know Him better, and become more like Him every day. There are many wonderful ways to spend time with God.

  • Block out the same time in the morning or evening of every day to devote to God.
  • Get or subscribe to a daily devotional.
  • Find a Bible-reading schedule or guide.
  • Spend time listening for God to speak – don’t do all the talking!

Knowing God’s Word is important.  Jesus fought Satan with the sword of the Word of God, how much more so must we?  God’s holy Word is alive, powerful, and transformational.

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” – Psalm 119:11 NIV

Volunteering

Volunteers are essential.  The church pastors and staff simply can not do everything by themselves. By volunteering, you are not only helping your church family, but you are also helping yourself to grow in Christ. When you volunteer, you become the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.  Whether it’s greeting people at the door as they enter the church, cooking a meal for someone who is ill, bringing someone to church who can not get there themselves, cleaning the church building or grounds, or simply praying for someone, everything our volunteers do to help build the kingdom of God is important. Certain areas of the church always have a need for new volunteers with a heart and a call to serve.  Some of these areas include:

  • Children & Youth Ministry
  • Core Worship Ministry
  • Ushers
  • Prayer warriors
  • Altar workers
  • Hospitality
  • Greeters

These are just of the areas where you may feel led to serve.  Please contact the church for current areas where help is needed.

Life Groups

Life Groups are vitally important in order to stay connected to your church family, and rooted in the Word of God.  Spring Valley Church has a variety of life groups available for you. Contact the church office or visit the Life Group section of our web site.

Discipleship

Steps

Glorify God – Attend services regularly

Groups – Connect with a Life Group

Gifts – Use your gifts by volunteering

Good Stewardship – Tithes & offerings


Lifestyles

Grow – Grow in your God-first life

Go – Got and tell others.