We seek to be a people being transformed by God
. . . transforming our community
We want to be a transformed people:
- Who love to worship God
Paul tells us that as we gaze upon the Lord with unveiled faces, we will be transformed to be like him (2 Corinthians 3:18).
We want to be a people who experience this both personally and corporately.
- Who know God’s love
God sent his Son because of his great love. (John 3:16)
We want to be a people who know the change that faith in Christ brings.
- Who value one another
Jesus knew the Father’s love before he did anything. (Mark 1:11)
We want to be a people where every person values every other person for who they are, not simply what they do.
- Who overflow with generosity
David knew it was a privilege to give our time, our money and our lives because everything we are and have comes from God (1 Chronicles 29:14).
We want to be a people who do the same.
- A transformed people
… by the power of the Holy Spirit
After the outpouring of the Spirit, the disciples are changed beyond recognition. (Acts 2:42-47). Through the work of the same Spirit, we want to be a transformed people here.
We have faith that our community can be transformed:
- Through Prayer
At the heart of Jesus’ prayer is the request for the Kingdom to come, on earth as in heaven. (Matthew 6:10) We want to be a people who pray that the Kingdom will come in Mansfield and through all the earth.
- Through Love
Jesus tells us to ‘love our neighbours as we love ourselves’ and in response to the question ‘Who is my neighbour’ told the story of the Good Samaritan.
(Luke 10:25-37). We want to be a people who obey his command.
- Through Service
Jesus said he came “not to be served but to serve” (Matthew 20:28).
We want to be a people who follow his example.
- Through Speech
Paul reminds us that the good news of Jesus has to be spoken.
(Romans 10:14-15). We want to be a people who boldly share the news of God’s reconciling love.
- Transforming our community
. . . through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Paul reminds us that the gospel comes “not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction” (1 Thessalonians 1:5). We want to be a people who see the visible signs of the Kingdom not just in the Church but in the community.