Heartbeats

Heartbeats

In this series from Equippers London, Ps Peter Prothero unpacks each of our heartbeats as a church. Our heartbeats are our values. They are the core of who we are as a church, and act like the banks of the river to keep us moving in the right direction.

HONOUR

I am glorifying God in everything I do.


Key thought:
Honour is the first, and possibly the most important, of our five HEART values at Equippers. Ps Peter encourages us to look at Honour in two dimensions, honouring God and honouring people. We want to be a church that is known for the way that we honour God's presence, His name, His authority - and for the way we honour each other and the gifts on each other's lives. 


Watch Session One of the series..

Key Verse:

1 Samuel 2:30 (NIV)
“Therefore, the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honour me I will honour, but those who despise me will be disdained.”


OPEN 

Did anything particularly stand out to you from the video?

The word honour comes from the Hebrew word kavod which means weight. Therefore, to honour someone means to put weight behind it and to prioritise it. 

In that perspective, what does it mean to honour God? And what does it look like in our lives?


STUDY 

Ps Peter is suggesting dividing the ten commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) in two categories where the first four are about honouring God and the last six are about honouring people.  

What do you think about that way of looking at the commandments?

In what way do you see honour being lived out in Equippers Church? How are we honouring God in the church and how are we honouring each other?

What would our lives look like if we truly honoured the word of God?   


COMMIT 

Looking at your own life, what are you right now putting weight behind and prioritising? 

Ps Peter says that honouring each other is like polishing the silver and in that way displaying the value. In what ways are you giving value to the people around you? 

When do you feel like other people are honouring you?

PRAY 

Pray that over the next few weeks and ask God to highlight what it really means to honour God and honour each other. 


PRACTICAL 

Think about one thing you can do to honour God this week and one thing you can do to honour the people around you. 


EXCELLENCE

I am following Christ and becoming like him.


Key thought:
We often define excellence as "doing the very best we can with what we have in front of us”. As a church we are known for pursuing excellence - we want to honour God with the very best of what we have, as well as honouring the people around us by doing the best that we can.

Watch Session Two of the series.


Key Verse: Daniel 6:3 (NIV)
“Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.”


OPEN

Did anything particularly stand out to you from the video?

We believe that God deserves the very best we have to offer and that is why we need to pursue excellence. Excellence honours God and inspires people.

What are you doing right now that expresses excellence in your life? Where do you see excellence being lived out in the life of the church?


STUDY 

Because of the spirit of excellence that was within Daniel (Daniel 6:3) he distinguished himself above all the governors. Daniel did not compromise when it came to his inner values, but he served well in the situation he was in. 

What do you think would happen if we choose to do things well in the different environments that we are in?

In what area have you been given a voice and why? If you do not feel like you have a voice in a certain area yet, where would you like to have one and how are you planning on getting it?

Ps Peter points out that perfection and excellence are different. 

How do we make sure that we are pursuing excellence and not perfection?


COMMIT 

People will notice when you are being the best you can be, and excellence will always attract people to you. 

What are you doing that is currently average or mediocre? What steps would you need to take to change this? 

PRAY

Pray that God will show you how you can pursue excellence in your relationships, in church, at school or at your workplace.


PRACTICAL

Aristotle said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Therefore, excellence is not an act, but a habit

Maybe you need to build in some good habits in your life. Use SMART goals to work on some of the areas where you want to pursue excellence in your life.

Specific
Measurable
Achievable
Relevant
Time-Bound

ADVANCE

I am using my gifts to serve God’s purpose.


Key thought:
As a church we believe that the Kingdom of God is on the move! Matthew 11 talks about the Kingdom 'forcefully advancing'. We have been designed to progress - we have not been made to stand still and let life pass us by. God is wanting us to move forward in our lives, our relationships, our ministry and in our faith. The way we do this is through serving – in the kingdom the way up is the way down.


Watch Session Three of the series.


Key Verse: Joshua 1:3 (NIV)
“I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses”. 


OPEN

Did anything particularly stand out to you from the video?

Advancement is all about making progress in your life. 

When was the last time you took a significant step of faith that moved you forward? 

God is promising to be with us and promised to give us victory, but He cannot take the step for us and doing that requires faith. 

What lies ahead of you that will require a new level of faith?


STUDY

God promised Joshua (Joshua 1:3) that he would be with him and give him everything that he had promised Moses. Joshua had walked with Moses and had seen God’s faithfulness in his life. Sometimes we are encouraged to move forward ourselves by seeing what God is doing in the lives of those around us. 

Who in your life is encouraging you to advance?

There can be many things holding us back from moving forward and from advancing in our life. 

Are there areas in your life where you are currently stuck and not moving forward? 

 

COMMIT

Making big decisions and taking new steps can be a challenge and we need people around us to encourage us and journey with us as we are advancing. 

How do you make big decisions? And how do you find out whether they will move you forward or backwards? 


PRAY

Ask God to bring enlargement into your life so you can hold everything that God has for you.


PRACTICAL

Take some time this week and think about what can do to make sure that you keep advancing. Think about things you might need to let go of and things you need might need to take a hold of.

REACH OUT

I am on a mission to reach the lost.


Key thought:
Reaching Out is not something we consider 'optional' or 'for the experts' or 'the pastor’s job' – it's our mission as a church; to win souls, make disciples, transform communities and nations. We need to be bold in speaking the truth of God to people around us.


Watch Session Four of the series.

Key Verse:  Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


OPEN

Did anything particularly stand out to you from the video?

Ps Peter breaks down the people in our world into five groups: family, friends, colleagues, neighbours and acquaintances - we can probably identify people in each of those categories who don't have a personal relationship with Jesus – as we often say – people who are close to you but far from God. Reaching out is about including people in your life and sharing how God has impacted you. 

When was the last time you reached out to a friend, family member, neighbour, work colleague (fellow student) or acquaintance?

Could you build a habit of asking of asking them to church, having coffee together or serving them in some practical way?


STUDY

Jesus calls us to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20).

What does that look like and how are you living out this commandment that Jesus has given us?

One of the best ways of reaching out is by creating an open home and being hospitable.

Would those close to you consider you to be that type of person? If not, what could you do to change that?


COMMIT

In Matthew 28 God promises to always be with us, but sometimes we are scare of how people around us will react if we tell them about Jesus. 

What hinders us in sharing the gospel with the people around us? And how do we ensure that the fear does not hinder us from doing so?


PRAY

Ask God to highlight the people in your life that are open to hearing the gospel right now and pray that he will create opportunities for you to share your testimony and maybe invite them to church. 


PRACTICAL

People may not agree with your opinions, but they will never be able to go against your story. That is why it is important we learn how to share our testimony.  Practice sharing your testimony in 30 seconds.

TOGETHER

I am formed for the family of God.


Key thought:
Have you ever been in a room full of people and felt alone? Did you know that it is possible to be together (in proximity) but not together (in relationship). We want to be a church that not only comes together for church meetings but a people that are together in unity – with one heart and one desire.

Watch Session Five of the series.

Key Verse: Psalm 133:1
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”


OPEN

Did anything particularly stand out to you from the video?

As a church we want to be unified in our mission, our vision and our values (H.E.A.R.T).

Spend some time and talk about the different heartbeats (values), what they mean to you and what you have learnt about them throughout this series.


STUDY

At Equippers Church we believe in being together together and not just being in the same room for a few hours every Sunday. If we are to be together together we have to let other people into our lives and share what is going on. 

Are you able to open up about your life to those you are close to at church?

What could you do that would help build unity with those you serve with in church?


COMMIT

The early church is such a great example of people living together in unity. Unity is important in a church, and the enemy will often try and create division amongst us. 

What are some of the ways that the enemy might try and create division? What can we do to avoid being divided and stay in unity?


PRAY

Spend time and pray for the church, your relationships and your teams and pray that you will grow in unity and keep growing closer to each other. 


PRACTICAL

Take some steps to develop your relationships in church. Maybe think about someone you could invite out for lunch or coffee and spend some time with.