In 2003 The Human Genome project had successfully mapped all of the nucleotide pairs that make up human DNA. It was a remarkable scientific break through.
The break though has revealed that DNA is the single most important influence on you biologically.
The power of DNA is information and data. It tells every cell how to develop and how to work seamlessly with all the other different cells in order to create a living organism called…. you!
In the same way, the information or data you believe spiritually determines the vibrancy of your faith. The most important spiritual exercise is to develop what you believe and why you believe it. This is the foundation of a healthy faith.
Paul says in Romans 12:2,
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Our ability to know God’s purpose for our lives begins with renewing our minds….. what we believe and why. This is your spiritual DNA that molds and shapes your faith. Here is the mystery of how your mind is renewed. In Western Cultures, we have been trained to believe that the renewal of our mind is based on knowledge. The more facts we know, then the more clear our thinking and mature our faith becomes. However, Paul says that pursing knowledge puffs us up. So how do we renew our minds?
In community. Paul goes on the say that it is love that build us up. Jesus said, “Everyone will know that you are one of my followers by your love for one another.”
This is our spiritual DNA that drives our faith.
Now the key is to find a community of faith that is following the same instruction of Jesus that you are following. The reason is because what is true of you individually, is true of your church community. The DNA of a community of faith determines what it is and how healthy an organism it will be.
Foothills is a church following the mission Jesus gave us in Matthew 28:18-20, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Our strategy is to connect people to Jesus, connect them to His family, and finally, engage them in their life purpose.
The code is our core values on how we do this. Here are the first 3 values in our code.
- It’s all about Jesus.
- His Word above our own. The Bible molds us, we don’t mold it.
- Redemption: we are people of second chances.
This is our spiritual DNA as a community of faith. It is influence that molds us and shapes us. When you are a part of us, you discover your own spiritual DNA, what Jesus is doing in you as He molds and shapes you.
We all need a personal code, a spiritual DNA, the only way to discover your spiritual DNA is to be a part of His community of faith and see how spiritual DNA molds a community.
What is true of you as an individual is true for your community of faith.