Partner churches and ministries in the PursueGOD Network affirm these six core convictions.

Core Convictions:

  1. The triune God of the Bible – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – is the only God and is worth pursuing. (Rom. 1:18-20; John 1:18; 1 Cor. 2:16; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; Isa. 46:10.)
  2. The Bible is inspired by God and infallible in its original manuscripts and is therefore the only final authority in faith and life. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-2; John 17:17; Romans 3:4; John 20:30-31; Matt. 24:35).
  3. Truth is discovered through a relational process – and every pursuer of God must take ownership of their own pursuit. (Psalm 32:8, Jeremiah 29:13, Matthew 9:36-38, Eph. 4:15-16, Philippians 3:15, 1 Tim 6:3-4).
  4. We start a relationship with God by trusting Jesus – who lived a sinless life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead for our salvation. (Matt. 1:20-23; John 1:1-2; Rom. 3:24-25; Rom. 8:34; Phil 2:5-10; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 1:1-3; Heb. 7:25.)
  5. We live to honor God as followers of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit to live this way from the inside out. (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Pet. 1:13-16; 1 Thess 4:1-8; Col. 3:17; Matt. 5:13-16; Eph. 2:10; Gal. 6:9-10.)
  6. We mature as Christians when we start making disciples – and Jesus envisioned a church where disciple-making is the norm, not the exception. (Matthew 4, Matthew 9, Matthew 28, Ephesians 4, 2 Timothy 2:2)

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Talk About It
  1. What jumped out at you in this topic?
  2. How do our core convictions relate to your ministry’s Statement of Faith?
  3. Why do you believe God is worth pursuing? Make a list.
  4. What does it mean that the Bible is “infallible”? In your ministry, what percentage of people believe this?
  5. Read Matthew 9:36-38. How is a sermon different than a discipleship conversation?
  6. Explain a “full circle” pursuer of God (see image above). Do you think this image captures the essence of discipleship? Explain.
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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