VISION OF SIENNA RANCH

Vision is the ability to look ahead, to see what is to be.  Faith is the life work that brings vision to reality.  At Sienna Ranch, we believe that God is the Ultimate Visionary.  History is a record of God revealing Himself, His purposes, and His ways to His people.  God’s vision is a story of redemption, and reconciliation, and restoration, and renewal.  Through Jesus Christ, God is working “to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his (Jesus)blood, shed on the cross.”  Jesus expressed the ultimate vision in teaching us to pray these words – God’s kingdom come, God’s will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.  Our vision is to see God as Lord of and glorified in all areas and domains of society and culture.   We desire to glorify God in the domains of science, health, education, economics, art, music, and government.

CORE VALUES

In a constantly changing world, our core values describe who we are, how we live, and what we treasure.  Sienna Ranch Baptist Church is built upon eight timeless core values.
1.      The Preeminence of God: The sovereign creator and Lord of the universe, revealed through Jesus Christ, is above all and rules over all. There is no one or no thing or compilation of things greater, wiser, loving, more true or more powerful than God.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it… Psalm 24:1

We live the Preeminence of God by “Worshipping the Lord your God, and serving him only.”  Matthew 4:10

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.”  Romans 12:1

2.      Biblical Authority: The Bible is the true Word of God.  We treasure the entire Word of God as the source of truth in the world.  It is always timeless and timely.  We submit to its authority in all areas of our life.

“The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of God stands forever.”  Isaiah 40:8

“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the month of God.”  Matthew 4:4

“His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he mediates day and night.”  Psalm 1:2

3.      Living the Word: Key to the Christian life is not simply knowing Bible verses and stories.  The measure of our faith is putting into practice and living the Word of God daily in all relationship and situations.

“To the Jews who believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.’”  John 8:31-32

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is life a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25

“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.”  Matthew 28:19-20

4.      Faith At Home: The success of our church is measure first of all by how each of us live by faith outside of the church building, beginning first of all at home.  God intends for faith in Him to be passed down from one generation to the next first of all in the home.  For this reason, what happens at home is more important that what happens at church.  Parents are the primary faith trainers of their children.  The churches role is to help parents successfully become their children’s faith trainers.

“Hear, O Israel:  The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  Love the LORD you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”  Deuteronomy 6:4-7

5.      Authentic Community: The church is described as the body of Christ – each follower of Jesus needs the body and is needed by the body.  Church is the place where masks, faking it, and pretentions have to be shed so that real and honest growth takes place.  In authentic community I know that I am loved for who I am and also loved enough so that I will not settle for less than the best.

“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body.  So it is with Christ.”  1 Corinthians 12:12

“Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.”            1 Corinthians 13:7-8

“A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  John 13:34-35

6.      Servant Lifestyle: In our and most cultures greatness is measures by the number of people that serve you.  Jesus, God in the flesh, gave us the example of God.  We are to serve one another.  Humility is seen by many as weakness but by God as greatness.  We are here to serve.

“Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  Not so with you.  Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be you servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’”  Mark 10:41-45

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”  James 4:10

7.      Missional Living: God is on mission.  He is at work in the world reuniting mankind and restoring creation to Himself.  He is seeking to save the lost and invite them to follow Him.  As followers of Jesus we are sent to join God in his work anywhere from next door to any point in the world.  We are on mission with God.

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”  Luke 19:10

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations…”  Matthew 28:19

8.      Kingdom Living: It is so easy to get caught up in building our own little individual kingdoms, whether around ourselves or even around church.  We work together with all followers of Jesus Christ and churches.  We are citizens of the same kingdom following the same Lord.  We are not in competition with other believers or churches.  When they fail we fail, when they secede we secede.  We work together to advance God’s kingdom and not ours.

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”  Colossians 1:13-14

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one:  I in them and you in me.  May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”  John 17:22-23