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Challenge UMO Values

Our Mission:

We at Challenge UMaine, through our dependence on Christ, are dedicated to living out and developing our four pillars – Know, Grow, Show & Go.

Know – Philippians 3:10 (AMP) [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [[a]which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]

Grow – John:15:5-8 (AMP) I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned. If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.

Show – 2 Timothy 2:1-2 (RSV) You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

Go – Matt 28:18-20 (RSV) And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”

Our Core Values:

  1. Glorifying God – God is worthy to receive all glory and honor and He has designed all creation to reflect His glory. Therefore, with surrendered lives we will seek to glorify Him in all we are and do.(Revelation 4:11; I Corinthians 6:19-20; I Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:23-24; Ephesians 1:6,12,14; 2:10; II Corinthians 5:9; Isaiah 43:7)
  2. Intimacy with God – God loves us, calls us into fellowship with Himself, and desires for us to know Him intimately. Therefore, we daily seek to position our lives through spiritual disciplines, attitudes, and a heart of worship to develop intimacy with Him.(I Corinthians 1:9; I Timothy 4:7; John 4:23; Psalm 27:4,8; Psalm 42:1-2; Psalm 63:1-2; Psalm 113:3; John 17:3; Philippians 3:10; Hosea 6:6)
  3. The Word of God– All Scripture is God breathed and without error. The Bible is our sole authority and guide for daily living. Therefore, we will pursue a life of earnestly hearing, reading, studying, memorizing, and meditating upon the Word of God so that we may apply it to all areas of Life.(II Timothy 3:16-17; I Peter 1:23-25; Mark 13:31; Isaiah 40:8; Psalm 19:7-9,11; Psalm 1:3; Psalm 119:4,5,9,11,105,133; Proverbs 22:20-21; Jeremiah 15:16; 23:29; Isaiah 55:8-11; Deuteronomy 6:6-7; II Timothy 2:15; Ezra 7:10; James 1:22-25; Joshua 1:8; Acts 17:11; 20:28; Revelation 1:3)
  4. Faith – Without faith we cannot please God; therefore, we seek to live dependent on Him in every area of life and ministry.  (Hebrews 11:1, 6; Proverbs 3:5-6, Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Romans 4:20-21; Romans 5:1; Romans 10:17; Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:20; ; Matthew 8:5-10; Matthew 13:58; Matthew 17:20; II Corinthians 5:7; James 1:6-8)
  5. Prayer – God has invited us to communicate with Him and the Scripture gives overwhelming evidence of the importance of prayer. Therefore, we will devote ourselves to praying individually and with others.(Matthew 7:7-11; 18:19, 21; 21:22; 26:44; Luke 6:12; John 16:24; Colossians 4:2; I John 5:14-15; I Thessalonians 5:17; Philippians 4:6-7; I Samuel 12:23)
  6. Godly Character – We are called to be imitators of God and to serve Him in purity. Living a life of godliness and holiness is essential to long-term fruitfulness and a lifestyle that honors God. Therefore, we will seek to be conformed to the character of Jesus in every aspect of our lives.(I Peter 1:15-16; Ephesians 2:10; 5:1-3; John 15:5; Colossians 2:6-7; II Peter 1:3-11; Romans 5:3-5; Romans 8:29; Romans 12:2; I Timothy 4:7; 6:11-12; II Timothy 2:22; Titus 2:11-14; Galatians 5:22-23)
  7. Evangelism -Faith in Christ is the only way a person is forgiven of sin and is brought into a personal relationship with God that provides abundant life on earth and eternal life in heaven. Therefore, we seek to proclaim the gospel intentionally to all people through our words, lifestyle and relationships.(John 3:16; John 14:1-3; John 10:10; Acts 1:8; 4:12; 5:29-31,41-42; 10:43; 20:23-24; 26:16-18; Romans 1:16; 10:9-14; I Corinthians 9:16-19; 15:1-4; II Corinthians 5:14,19-20; Colossians 1:28-29; 4:3-6; Ephesians 6:19; Jeremiah 20:9; Matthew 28:18-20; Proverbs 11:30)
  8. Discipleship – We will intentionally invest in the lives of others to help establish them in the faith and equip them with life and ministry skills to live as his fruitful disciples and continue as lifelong learners.(Luke 9:23; 14:26-27,33; 24:32; Colossians 2:6-7; Psalm 78:1-4,72; John 15:5; Acts 20:28,31-32; I Corinthians 4:16-18; 11:1; Philippians 4:9; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Romans 12:1-2; I Thessalonians 2:19-20; 3:8; Ezra 7:10; III John 4)
  9. Relationships – Christ-like relationships stem from a vital walk with God and are characterized by authenticity that facilitates life transformation and are a witness to the world. Therefore, we seek to love all people, build and maintain God-centered relationships.(I John 1:7; I John 4:7-21; Matthew 22:37-40; Genesis 2:18, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10; John 13:34-35; 17:21; Hebrews 3:13; 10:24-25; Philippians 2:3-4; Ephesians 4:29; 5:4; I Thessalonians 2:7-10; Proverbs 17:17; 27:17)
  10. Servanthood– Since Christ willingly left His glory and humbled Himself to become a servant, even to the point of death; therefore, we seek in attitude and actions to joyfully serve others.(Mark 10:43-45; Philippians 2:3-8; John 13:1-17; Luke 17; Galatians 5:13; Colossians 3:23-24; II Corinthians 4:5; Deuteronomy 15:12-18)
  11. Church – God established the church. We are an extension of local Baptist churches helping to reach and disciple the University community, encouraging their active membership and participation in the church and its mission.(Matthew 16:15-18; Colossians 1:24-25; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:18-22; 4:4; 4:11-15; 5:27; I Corinthians 12:12; 10:17; II Corinthians 6:16; Galatians 3:28; John 10:16; Romans 12:4-13; Hebrews 10:24-25; Revelation 21:9)
  12. Scripture Memory – Treasuring God’s word in our hearts is crucial to life and ministry; therefore, we seek to be transformed by consistently memorizing, meditating, reviewing, and applying scripture.(Deuteronomy 6:5-10; 11:18-20; 32:45-47; Psalm 1:2-3; 19:7-11; 37:30-31; 40:8; 119:9,11,97,99; Joshua 1:8; Colossians 3:16; Proverbs 7:1-3; Matthew 4:4,7,10; Acts 7)
  13. Spiritual Multiplication – The great task Jesus Christ gave us is to make disciples as we go into all the world. Therefore, we seek to win the lost and train believers to become lifelong reproducing disciplemakers.(II Timothy 2:2; Joel 1:3; Psalm 78:5-6; Acts 18:1-3,11,18,19,24-28; I Thessalonians 1:5-10; 2:6-8; Matthew 28:18-20; III John 4)
  14. Global Vision – The heartbeat of God is for people from every tongue, tribe, and nation to know and glorify Him. Therefore, regardless of gifting or vocation, we strive to fulfill the Great Commission through giving, praying, training, mobilizing, and going to reach every person with the Gospel.(Psalm 67:1-2,7; Psalm 105:1; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 12:11, I Peter 4:10; Romans 10:14; Revelation 5:9; Revelation14:6-7; Matthew 28:19-20)
  15. Love – We define love as “meeting needs.”  We seek to comprehend the great love God has for us, then to love Him supremely and each other excluding no one. We desire that our lives and this ministry be characterized by love. We seek to present Truth in that atmosphere.(Deuteronomy 6:4; 10:12-13; I Samuel 20:17; Jeremiah 31:3; Proverbs 10:12; Matthew 22:37-40; John 3:16; 14:21-24; 15:13; 15:34-35; 17:24-26; 21:15-22; I John 2:15; 3:1,11,14,16-18; 4:7-12, 16-21; I Corinthians 13:4-8; II Corinthians 5:14-15; I Thessalonians 2:8; Ephesians 4:15)

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