A Loving Community - He Hapori Aroha
We are a faithful body of Christ, united in Him and each using our gifts to build a loving and caring community. We know that through our unity, God’s love is demonstrated to the world. We celebrate our diversity and in humility we share our lives together as we serve, encourage, love and learn from one another.
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” 1 John 4:12
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
“...so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us” Romans 12:5
Devotion To God - Pūmau ki te Atua
To His son Jesus Christ, His Spirit and His word. Our whole lives are a living sacrifice of worship to our holy God. We invite His Spirit to flow into every part of us and change us into His likeness. Worship and prayer permeate every part of our church and all glory goes to Him alone. Our devotion leads us to becoming more Christ like and motivated for action as we serve him wholeheartedly and faithfully.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment” Matthew 22:37
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship” Romans 12:1
"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. “James 1:22
Growing Disciples - Whakatupu ākonga
Growth comes as we learn, listen and obey. We are committed to seeing each person, from the youngest to the oldest, becoming obedient followers of Jesus as we grow in our love for and knowledge of Him. Individually and together we study God’s word, pray and seek His kingdom first in our lives. We pray for the fruits of His Spirit to become more and more evident in our lives as we grow in Him.
“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” Matthew 16:24
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” Matthew 6:33
Showing Mercy - Atawhai pōhara
God’s heart for the poor and needy shapes our generosity. We selflessly give of our time and resources to stand for justice and to show mercy, compassion, and kindness to those in our church and society who are struggling. We seek out and put the needs of others first, wisely using our talents and resources to strengthen mercy in our church.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress” James 1:27
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind” Luke 4:18
Proclaiming God’s Kingdom - Pānuitia te Rongopai
God has given us a mission to be His witnesses of the Good News (Rongopai) in our community, Aotearoa and the world. In God’s strength and power, using our gifts and being obedient to His calling in our lives, we reach out to others, sharing His love and revealing His truth.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” Matt 28: 18-20
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” John 14:6
“Come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” Matthew 4: 19