Vision Statement: "To be a Church Community that is an authentic expression of Christ."
Proverbs 29:18 (ESV) Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.
Proverbs 29:18 is telling us that “our” vision must be “prophetic.” That means that it is in line with God’s will. Our vision is only as good and effective in as much as it has been revealed by God for the purpose of our obedience in living it out.
Exploring the Vision: Let’s take a look at some common scriptures that help us define what it means “to be” an authentic expression of Christ as it applies to our church community.
This commandment is critical on two levels: Firstly, it is important to the spiritual integrity of the church. According to 1 Corinthians 13, without love we are just noisy, unequipped and without purpose. Secondly, this commandment is important to the cause of evangelism. Love, specifically the love expressed in the church, is THE sign to those outside the church that we are Christ’s disciples. Without expressing Christ’s love to one another we are inauthentic.
Instruction from Paul: Ephesians 4:1-3 (ESV) 1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
The Fruit of the Spirit: Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.