“a community transformed by the love of Jesus”
We aim to see this vision realised by helping people to…
Experience the love of Jesus. Jesus loves this world and desires to love and bless people from all nations, ages, and walks of life. As followers of Jesus, we aim to be a community where all kinds of people can taste the love of Jesus as they find encouragement, compassion, hope, or even just a bit of fun.
‘Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.’ (Psalm 34.8)
Receive the love of Jesus. Because of his great love, God sent His Son, Jesus, to enter our world and live among us. He died on the cross and rose again to free us from all that destroys our relationship with God and one another. Jesus willingly offered himself to save and restore us as a gift of love. We aim to be a community of people who share the good news of this gift with others so that they might receive the love of Jesus and be restored.
‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.’ (John 3.16-17)
Grow in the love of Jesus. In response to his great love God calls his people to love him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. To be the kind of people that: trust him; thank him; praise him; worship him; rejoice in him; glorify him and obey what he says in his word, the Scriptures. As we treasure the good news about Jesus, God works by His Spirit to transform us. His love renews and fills our hearts. Gradually a new character grows in us.
‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.’ (John 15.5)
Share the love of Jesus. Jesus showed his love for us on the cross. As his followers we aim to love each other with the same selfless attitude and share his love with our wider community. He is transforming us to be the kind of people who: care for one another practically; pray for one another; encourage each other’s faith; and use God-given gifts to build his church. Jesus’ love then flows over into the world as we share his love in our families, places of study, work and recreation, by word and deed.
‘This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.’ (1 John 4.10-11)
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