Our Core Behaviors
Every church has a culture—what they value, what they prioritize, who they are at their deepest level.
As Round Rock Church of Christ, we want to purposefully and continually partner with God to create our culture. So our ministers and elders spent the better part of a year prayerfully identifying, developing, and refining a list: we call it our 7 Core Behaviors.
These are the things we do on purpose around here.
Our mission as a church is to live love: to strive for the love of God to define every moment of our lives. This list—these 7 behaviors—this is how we live love.
If you’re new around here, consider this page a peek into our family. It's a look at our goals and ambitions as a church—who we are by the grace of God and who we want to continue to become.
Be A Reason For Someone To Come Home
None of us can save anyone (let alone everyone). But every one of us can be a reason for someone to come home to their Heavenly Father. With this in mind, we strive to maintain an intentional posture of hospitality toward outsiders and the unchurched. Each lost person is in the midst of a story of Invitation—and in their story, we want to emulate the father of the prodigal. Similarly, in the spirit of Acts 15:19, we strive not to “make it difficult for outsiders who are turning to God.”
We remember that our Sunday gathering is a time when outsiders and newcomers are present, and we welcome them however we can, making them feel acknowledged, safe, understood, and hopeful.
We also remember that “church” isn’t limited to our Sunday morning gathering—we exist as Christ’s body in our workplaces, schools, small groups, and neighborhoods. And at every turn—whether through a kind word, a loving act, a brave conversation, gracious forgiveness, a generous gift, or some other expression of love—we strive to be a reason for someone far from God to come home.
Be Changed (and Changing)
For each of us, Christ’s vision is one of transformation. In baptism we are changed—forgiven, made alive, endowed with the gift of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling—and every day we walk with Christ he continues to change us if we’ll let him, refining our rough edges and making us more like him.
Though this process of transformation is sometimes painful, and though our flesh sometimes opposes his shaping influence, we want to be a people who strive to maintain a posture of submission toward the Spirit.
We want to look different five years from now, thanks to Christ. And we’re always on the lookout for how he might want to change us next.
God, who gives to us so generously, wants us to reflect his generosity with an openhanded lifestyle of our own. Because we’re often tempted to close our fingers around what we have, operating from a posture of greed and fear rather than contentment and courage, we strive to open our hands on purpose—loosening our grip on our money and possessions.
We believe open hands enable two things:
God shapes our hearts and breaks greed's power in our lives.
We are positioned to receive the unanticipated blessings he has for us.
This posture is bigger than our finances, though—our open-handedness extends to everything in our lives—our time, our energy, our talent, our family, you name it. We’re striving to develop (in ourselves and in the people we’re called to lead) a posture of relentless surrender.
In the end, this is a function of trust. The more you trust God, the more open-handed you will be. And the more open-handed you are, the more you will trust God.
Fear seems to have a hold of so many of us. It whispers to us from the news, it calls to us from our bank accounts, it creeps into our marriages, it beckons us away from spiritual adventure. Unsurprisingly then, if there’s one thing God wants his children to have, it’s courage. Given the life-giving, enemy-defeating power and presence of God, we have every reason to be brave.
We strive--as individuals and as a church--to defy fear and step forward each day in ways that demonstrate the courage only faith can provide.
We also remember that in Scripture, courage is tied to obedience—the more we obey God (especially when obedience is scary), the more courageous we become. Because we witness the ways God enables and rewards our efforts to be righteous. Obedience makes us brave. And love, the ultimate form of obedience, will make us braver than we’ve ever been before.
In a world strangled by fear, we welcome Christ’s call, doing our best to bravely love like him and follow wherever he leads. We refuse to be cowards.
We value and pursue time together, cooperation, and unity. We strive to connect in ways that led us into more “We” language than “They” language. We believe life was not meant to be lived in solitude, and we’re aware of the pull to develop tiny family kingdoms—high-walled enclaves of privacy and self-sufficiency. So we fight against it, embracing the blessings and difficulties of Life Together.
We gather for worship. We gather in small groups. We gather for celebrations. We gather for baptisms. We make gathering a priority because we understand that isolation is no good for spiritual growth. We’re only the body of Christ together. Only alongside one another do we fully claim our God-given identity as saints.
We cherish the collaborative wisdom, the cooperative care, and the collective strength of Body Life.
Genuine (adj): truly what something is said to be; practice of honesty and vulnerable transparency—a lack of pretense.
In this church, we’re committed to being genuine with one another. When we’re struggling, we strive to be brave enough and humble enough to admit it. When God is enabling victory and growth in our lives, we don’t hesitate to share our joy and give Him the glory. When we interact with one another, we strive for honesty and vulnerability. We refuse to pose.
Too, we strive to be genuine as leaders. To admit failings. To tell the truth. To own God-enabled gifts and growth. To err on the side transparency as we communicate decisions and plans.
Christ calls us to love one another, and love requires us to reject facades and pretending. It demands we trust our real selves with one another. And doing so enables us to be known and loved.
Always Be Celebrating
God commands his people to intentionally and consistently pursue joy by celebrating his presence and activity. For this reason, we strive to be Feast People who gather regularly to celebrate the incredible blessing and work of God. We do this by saying out loud and on purpose, “Look what God’s done! Thank you, God! We love it!!”
We are people of light and joy. People unafraid to demonstrate enthusiasm and unwilling to neglect gratitude. People who smile a lot, on purpose...because we have so much to smile about.
“Joy is what we belong to. Joy is home, and tears of joy are more than anything else homesick tears. God created us in joy and created us for joy, and in the long run not all the darkness there is in the world and in ourselves can separate us finally from that joy. God created us in his image. We have God’s joy in our blood.”