Isaiah 60:22 “A little one shall become a thousand, And a small one a strong nation. I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time.”
Strong men and women make strong families which build strong churches which create strong nations. The small becomes great. The one becomes a nation. We believe in that destiny for all of our people. It’s about being faithful with the little and letting God do the big. It’s about being faithful with the one and letting God bring the increase.
Genesis 12 tells the story of God calling Abram. The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
God desired to build a great nation – a strong nation – that would cause all people on earth to be blessed. That’s our desire as a church – to be a blessing to all people.
To take Jesus to all people, helping them to lead abundant, fruitful and everlasting lives.
Over all our churches, there are things that are different that reflect the local community, but there are certain things that are intrinsic to being us, no matter where we are in the world:
1. Making disciples is a non-negotiable | Matthew 28
“18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
We take the Great Commission very seriously. We are passionate and intentional about following Jesus, learning the ‘unforced rhythms of grace’ (Matthew 11 MSG), helping people discover their ‘shape’ and calling in Jesus (Romans 8 MSG). We desire to equip and champion believers in pursuing Jesus and the life of fruitfulness that He has called us to (John 15). We aim to help people discover their ministry – their work (Ephesians 4) – in their frontier, and make a difference in the world.
2. We belong to God’s family | 1 John 3
3. We are Spirit-filled and Spirit-led | Acts1:8
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
We believe we cannot fulfil all that God has called us to without the empowering, indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Jesus spent 3 years teaching His disciples but He commanded them to wait to receive the Holy Spirit before they would ultimately launch into their ministries. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter and Counsellor, who graces us with gifts to fulfil our destiny.