Every summer our college staff and our college interns are challenged to memorize the 7 core values of North Point Ministries. You can check out all 7 here. I figure if we are going to bring college students up close to get an inside look at our church, then one of the things they should definitely know well is what we value. During the summer, we begin our college staff meetings with an intern quoting one of the core values from memory. We don’t spend much time discussing the value itself; rather, our time is spent on the underlying question the core value brings to light.
The first core value of biblical authority is accompanied by a question that convicts me every time I ask it. Our definition of biblical authority goes like this, “God has spoken to us through the Bible, and we recognize it as the final authority of our lives.” Simple, clear, and a definition that I believe no follower of Christ will argue against. But the definition is followed with a piercing question, “Are your priorities consistent with Scripture?” I love this question because it causes me to evaluate all areas of my life, and I don’t have to think about it very long before it’s clear where inconsistencies lie in my life.
James says it this way, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22) So how about you? Will you stop for just a moment and ask the question, “Are your priorities consistent with Scripture?” What is your response, and what steps do you need to take to realign and make your priorities consistent?
As we grow together, my prayer is that our priorities will be more consistent with Scripture.