Living our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and his transforming power through overlapping diverse communities.
We believe God has been unfolding his purposes for us to be a family of great diversity that will reach across barriers that can divide.
These might be age barriers, or gender barriers, or cultural barriers, or social barriers, or disability barriers, or economic barriers. God has given us a heart to embrace this diversity and we are positioned geographically in a community of diversity.
Some key passages of Scripture that encourage us to pursue being God's family of great diversity are:
John 17:22 Jesus prayed for us, "May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."
Acts 11:19-30 where it describes the church in Antioch being founded by intentionally reaching across cultural, gender, social and economic barriers and where they were first described as Christians.
Revelation 5:9-10 where it describes a great multitude representing "every tribe and language and people and nation."
- We love as He loved (Eph 3:17-19; Romans 5:8; John 3:16;Jer 31:3)
- We serve as He served (Mark 10: 41-45)
- We are humble, as He was humble (Phil 2:3-8)
- We prioritize what Jesus prioritised (John 4:34; Mat 6:33; Luke 9:23-26)
Loving, serving, humble-hearted, Father-led
- We proclaim God’s heart for reconciliation through Christ (2 Cor 5:18-20)
- We see Christ in everyone, and serve them as we would serve Him (Mat 25:31-46)
- We look to meet the needs of others, including those ‘not like us’ (Luke 10:25-37)
- We serve the saints and welcome the stranger (Rom 12:13)
- We go to make disciples in all the world (Mat 28:19-20)
Reconciling; serving; sacrificing; welcoming; discipling
- We are all equal before God and each other( Galatians 3:28)
- We are no longer foreigners and strangers (Ephesians 2:19)
- We are better together than alone (Ecclesiastes 4:9)
- We lift each other up (Galatians 6:10)
One-ness, Inclusive, Community; Celebrating
An Intentionally Relational Community
- We embrace that God loves those who are “not like us” just as much as those who are “like us” (Acts 10: God commands Peter the Jew to reach out to Cornelius the Gentile).
- We follow the example of Paul of Tarsus, who “became all things to all people, that by all possible means” some might be saved (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).
- We do not do this in isolation, but as part of a community that encourages each other in our journey as Christians (Acts 2:41-47).
Multicultural; Intentional; Community