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Biblical Business Principles – Last week we focused on Vision Statements. Does your Vision Statement help people understand what your business seeks to be and where you ultimately want it to go?

As previously noted, a Mission Statement describes why your business exists and what you do. A Vision Statement describes where you would be if you achieved your ultimate success. Core Value Statements delineate how you will do the Mission as you journey toward the Vision.

This week we will focus on Core Values. Written and published Core Values describe the values at the core of the organization that become the standard and guide for all involved in carrying out the organization’s Mission as people reach for the ideal, the Vision. What are the Core Values for your business? Are they written and published?

Why are Core Values important?
• While we hear much about ethics in our amoral society, we see numerous examples of unethical business practices as the line between right and wrong gets blurred.
• From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible provides us with God’s core values. The 10 Commandments provide a framework which includes statements on stealing, killing, false witnessing, coveting, etc. Jesus laid out values in the Sermon on the Mount which includes justice, mercy, humility, persecution, etc. The Book of Proverbs lists many of God’s values. Philippians 4:8 (NLT) instructs fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Do your Core Values align with God’s values?
• Core Values help us think through what is really important. Have you thought through your Core Values? Have you included others in developing your Core Values? If you have written Core Values from the past, have you focused and meditated on them recently?
• Core Values help everyone focus on the values that are not negotiable. Do your people know, understand, and practice your Core Values?
• Core Values help customers, and all who interface with the company, know how you will conduct business. Are your Core Values readily available to people outside the company? Do your Core Values come through clearly on your website?
• Reputation is what people think and say about someone, character is what they really are. While character relates to a person, companies have a collective character. Core Values define conduct which results in character. Are your Core Values being lived out? Do you know your company’s reputation?

When you’re tempted to “cut a corner” and violate one of your Core Values, is your faith strong enough to resist and trust God for the outcome? A good verse to memorize is 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT) But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.

The path of the upright leads away from evil; whoever follows that path is safe. Proverbs 16:17 NLT As a leader, do you keep your Core Values at the forefront to guide your organization away from evil?

Bit of Wisdom
Don’t let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the evil powers of this world, and not from Christ. Colossians 2:8 NLT

Forums Ministry News
Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. To view a promotional video, go to:
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BBB Groups help graduates of Business By the Book Workshops and Seminars apply Biblical Business Principles. For more information contact plantz@cbmc.com

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