Developing a culture of loyalty:
What is culture? The way we think and do things; a set of unique customs and values that the members are accustomed to.
I attend Powerhouse Church in Katy, Texas. It is obvious that there is a culture at Powerhouse. I remember wanting to be a part of that when I visited for the first time. I knew I was home.
Powerhouse culture is:
1. Discipleship – getting connected to someone who will mentor you, you give them permission to tell the TRUTH and to help you through it. They have to be committed. Talk to you about all major decisions. Your word is your bond. When you say something, that binds you. If you expect people to respect and trust you, keep your word. The same applies for the other person. Say what you mean and do what you say.
2. Serving – being spiritually employed (I am employed spiritually at Jordan Ranch). Commit to it once a month.
“Yes, I am a part of. I am connected and I believe in the vision of this church.”
3. Accountability – Being transparent and vulnerable. Be able to take correction and direction from your mentor. Obedience is God’s method of protection for you. This is also submitting. You can’t be in authority until you have first been under authority. You have to be a daughter of the House. When you are in the rain and someone invites you to get under an umbrella, you are protected and you won’t get wet. The moment you get under that umbrella, you are covered; and someone else is holding the umbrella. Once you step out (disobedience), you get soaked.
You must be fully convinced and persuaded to understand loyalty. “This is where my family should be” – Do you feel this way?
No one is born faithful and loyal – it has to be taught.
Spirit of loyalty:
Having a spirit of loyalty means this: Don’t allow others to speak against that person, whether it is God, your pastor, your husband, your friend, or your mentor.
We have a reverence and a genuine love for our senior pastor. We lose out on the benefits when we are disloyal. Disloyalty is betrayal.
Loyalty ALWAYS has a price. Loyalty to Christ says that I can not maintain old friendships.
Mark 8:38 ~ “If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Psalm 15:1-5 ~ Guidelines for living a blameless life
Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord?
Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?
Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right,
Speaking the truth from sincere hearts.
Those who refuse to gossip
Or harm their neighbors
Or speak evil against their friends.
Those who despise flagrant sinners,
And honor the faithful followers of the Lord,
And keep their promises even when it hurts.
Those who lend money without charging interest,
And who cannot be bribed to tell a lie about the innocent.
Such people will stand firm forever.