We have values at One Church! These are the things that define us and our approach to everything. Here’s some thoughts about the value of ‘Mission’.
2 Cor 5:18-20 ‘And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
God’s plan is us! His appeal through our lives… Our purpose is to bring people to the presence of God. So we work hard to make this path smooth, obstacle free and natural.
Everything we do in church life is driven by this value. If you’ve been to our services you’ll perhaps notice the environment that we create to facilitate this value. I.e. Our aim is to excel in our hospitality, our clarity and our generosity. We prize accessibility, warmth and acceptance no matter who may walk through our doors.
We want people to experience Jesus and his Kingdom culture alive and well in our church, and we pray often to this end.
We want members to feel confident that their friends and family will have a positive experience of church, should they pluck up the courage to come.
We want to create wide doors and not make it hard for people to hear this message of good news.
One Church – think of yourselves as missionaries – with a strong purpose, let this value inform the way you live your life.
*Act appropriately around people who don’t yet know Christ.
*Be a light with your presence and kindness.
*Let your stories out.
*Be brave in the face of fears.
*Put ‘their’ shoes on every now and then and figure out what’s most helpful.
*Help people to understand your faith in bite size chunks.
*Be a light on face-book.
*Be a good friend.
*Smile when you talk about church.
Go on – make an invitation, you never know what God might do…