What we believe determines what we value, and what we value defines how we live. Scripture-based core values are the key to successful Kingdom living.
Alliance people share seven core values that flow from the Fourfold Gospel—the driving force behind our desire to know Jesus Christ as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King.
As you read through these values ask God how He would have you apply them in your daily walk with Him.
Lost people matter to God. He wants them found.
In the formative years of our movement, the Holy Spirit instilled within A. B. Simpson a passion to reach people with no knowledge of Jesus Christ in his “Jerusalem” and around the world. That passion still lives within The Alliance today.
Lost People Matter, by John Soper
Turn Around and Face the Harvest, by John Soper
Choka, a Mongolian woman and former Buddhist, experiences healing from migraines through her simple faith and of acceptance in Christ the Healer.Watch Choka
Choka tells how God healed her of disabling headaches. She now loves to tell others about Jesus’ compassionate love.Watch Only Believe
Prayer is the primary work of God’s people.
We believe that nothing of lasting value can be done unless it is bathed in prayer. So passionate was his belief that prayer undergirds all ministry, Alliance founder A. B. Simpson was compelled to create a prayer league to focus on the world’s evangelization. He believed that the Prayer Alliance would “prove to be the mightiest force in the spread of missions;” that force still drives The Alliance today.
Everything we have belongs to God. We are His stewards.
This core value is intrinsic to the nature and structure of The Alliance—we teach and practice the blessing and effectiveness of the faith principle of giving as Scripture encourages us to remember that it’s not the amount of money we have or how much we give—it’s recognizing that everything we have comes from God (Luke 21:1â4).
Knowing and obeying God’s Word is fundamental to all true success.
If The Alliance had a “life application” verse, it would be Matthew 28:19: 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—AKA The Great Commission!
But the next verse is equally important: “. . . and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
Trust and Obey, by John Soper
A Simple Path, by John Soper
John Bechtel, a former Alliance worker, shares a poignant story from communist China that takes place after the fall of the Bamboo Curtain.Watch T-Shirt Bible
Jo Kiel expresses her heart concerning the move of God in the lives of the Brazilian women she serves.Watch Jo Kiel
Completing the Great Commission will require the mobilization of every fully devoted disciple.
In The Christian and Missionary Alliance the first priority of every minister, congregation, and believer is to work for the evangelization of the world.
Healthy churches producing healthy disciples devoted to reaching lost people—this is what will hasten the completion of the Great Commission and the return of Jesus Christ.
You Show Them, by John Soper
Unfinished Reformation, by John Soper
Although these Oregon church members claim that they are not Sunday school teacher material, they use what they have—chainsaws and gasoline—to show Christ’s love.Watch Royal Order of the Red Suspenders
Without the Holy Spirit’s empowerment, we can accomplish nothing.
The Apostle Paul said, My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power (1 Corinthians 2:4â5). This is the fiber of our being as believers and the sixth of our Alliance core values.
Apart from Me…, by John Soper
Remember, Repent, Return, by Dr. Gary M. Benedict
Keep in Step with the Spirit, by John Soper
Art Lohman combines his passion for God and love for speed to build relevant relationships on the motorcycle racing circuit.Watch Sport Bike Racers
Art Lohman talks about the trials of racers’ lives and how they can find hope in Christ.Watch Trials of Racer’s Lives
Achieving God’s purposes means taking faith-filled risks. This always involves change.
For more than a century, Alliance workers have braved harsh and dangerous territory—often at great personal risk—to take the good news of Jesus to a lost world. These workers experienced this Alliance Core Value—“Achieving God’s purposes means taking faith-filled risks. This always involves change.” Because of the selfless dedication of Alliance workers who were willing to lay down their lives for the gospel, entire people groups now know Jesus.
Recent Core Values Discussions
How have Alliance Core Values changed your life? What does it look like to live these values day to day? Share your thoughts here.
- Investing in Women by Andrew/Esther Schaeffer
- One of the worst places to be a mother by Andrew/Esther Schaeffer
- The Fourfold Gospel by Bradford Pastor
- Old Study Workbook????? by Scott R. Hartsock
- Showing mercy is an essential part of a C&MA missionaries ministry by Andrew/Esther Schaeffer
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Alliance Core Values
This second installment in the C&MA DNA study series will help people in your church understand the values we share and how they form the foundation for “being Alliance.” This is an ideal resource for new member classes, Sunday school curriculum, and small group study.
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