Bible tells us that the Church is like a Vine, a Body, a Bride and a Family.
We have chosen the family image to describe what we are.
This is the reason for our choice of the title ‘FAMILY FOCUS’ for our
brochure. As Christians we are i)
born again by the Spirit of God and ii) also born into the family of God – the
Church, universally and locally (1 Corinthians 12: 13).
A crucial aspect of our ‘belonging together’ is the ATMOSPHERE of our
congregational life which is a community of love, fun and laughter.
In fostering love for the Lord, for other Christians and for our
neighbours, we celebrate our ‘oneness in Christ Jesus’ (Galatians 3: 28).
Obviously, like any family our Church is far from perfect, but we are
endeavouring to move forward in grace, in love and in the Spirit.
Such ‘BELONGING’ means ‘accepting’ one another as we are and as
others find us (Romans 15: 7).
be in God’s Family is a wonderful privilege and we should always see it as
such, but it also carries with it immense responsibilities and we need to
shoulder those if the local Family is to continue to grow.
As a Family we are always hoping and looking for others to be part of our
community. For some this
means taking on responsibility by becoming ‘official members’ of our congregation and
it always excites us when people ‘join’ with us and express their faith in
action through the local Church. For
others, becoming an official member of the Church does not figure in the way the
Christian life is expressed. While
we may not agree with that view, we do accept all those who want to journey with
us and welcome all who want to share in the congregational life of our Family.
To be involved in a local Church is not like joining a ‘club’ it is
much more than that – it is being part of an ‘everlasting’ community.
As a Family we have a Family Head, the Lord Jesus Christ. He oversees the Fellowship and we submit to His authority. We affirm Family Service by which each person belonging to the congregation ‘serves’ one another through spiritual gifts and natural talents (Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12-14). Our approach to service centres on the example of *diakonia.
*diakonia, is a Christian theological term from Greek that encompasses the call to serve the poor and oppressed. The term deacon and deaconate comes from the same root, which refers to the emphasis on service within those vocations.