Our Core Values
We have received a ministry which is to see others reconciled to God.
2 Cor 5:18 "Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation".
Through this ministry of reconciliation we become one in Christ.
Eph 2:15b-16 "...to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross...".
The ministry of reconciliation brings peace on earth.
Col 1:20-22 "and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth, or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross...".
In Christ individuals, peoples, gender, the marginalised, the oppressed, tribal's, groups, cultures, nations, the land and creation are reconciled to God and one another.
Reconciliation is at the heart of "reaching and restoring families" for reconciliation itself is the accomplished, effectual work of the cross. It is like the shoulders of a body supporting the two outstretching "arms", without which, "reaching and restoring" loses perspective.
Gal 3:28 "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus".
Reconciliation involves confession, repentance, forgiveness, and restitution.
Unity is to be proactively pursued. Disunity, by implication, is to be guarded against. Unity is not a passive by-product, it is a primary objective. It prospers in the bond of peace.
Eph 4:3-6 "endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all...".
Desire for unity ought to permeate every sphere of our lives. This must be a daily, ongoing consecration. Coming together for a common purpose is itself the fruit of corporate devotion and obedience that comes from being made one with Christ. Like marriage, we must do everything possible to protect and preserve unity. It embodies such virtues as love, honour and respect.
Acts 2:46 "So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate food with gladness and simplicity of heart".
Unity requires aligning thoughts and attitudes. Our understanding ought to grow into maturity.
1 Cor 1:10b "...be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment".
The power of unity comes from appreciating the many parts that make up the whole.
1 Cor 12:12 "The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ".
Unity reflects the nature of the Trinitarian God who is Himself one, living in perfect unity. When, the body lives in unity, it enters divine life and blessings. Life itself flows.
Ps 133:1, 3b "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! For there the Lord commanded the blessing - Life forevermore".
It is God's desire that we are one with Him, just as He is One.
John 17:20b-21 "I pray for those who will believe in Me...that they may be one just as We are one..."
We cannot be a true disciple without being devoted. Devotion is not meritorious; it is an appropriate response to a holy and loving God expressed in and through community. It is difficult to appreciate the level of devotion and commitment that we read of in the Early Church. Yet, in moving towards purer devotion, we will increasingly experience the supernatural life and power of the Spirit that they experienced as our normal Christian life. We desire to see growing evidence of commitment to truth, the Word, prayer, community life, small groups, godly living, a passion to know God expressed in worship and witness.
Acts 2:42 "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer".
Commitment to God and His work must come from the heart. It is not half-hearted or contradictory.
1 Kings 8:61 "...your hearts must be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by His decrees and obey His commands...".
In our commitment we follow, we stay and we identify with everything God is and does.
Ruth 1:16 "...wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my God".