First, we will be a Community of Love. We will worship God with our whole heart, and we will love each other as Christ loved and served us. This is not as easy as it sounds. To love God means to continue to follow him, to obey his commands even when it’s embarrassing or not easy. To love each other means we will demonstrate love, grace, and forgiveness on a regular basis. It means we will serve one another, considering others more important than ourselves, and it means we will bear one another’s burdens. It is an active, not passive, love.
Second, we will be a Discipleship Community. Jesus came to establish a community, one that continues to love and serve him and to carry out the mission of God. This community has as its founding principle a relationship with the living God through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Our part in maintaining that relationship is to learn and grow in our faith and in our spirit. So, we will be a community of relational and spiritual discipleship. We will meet together to study God’s Word, to build up each other’s faith, to pray for one another, and to grow in our connection to God through his Spirit.
Third, we will be a Community that can share our Testimony to the Truth. Having loved God and each other and having built up our connection to the Spirit, we will be a community that is able to share the love and truth of God with others. This means that we will share in word and deed about God. We will be able to share our testimonies, concerning how we came to know the living God. We will show others the love of God by how we serve them.
That’s it. I believe that if we concentrate on those core values and goals, we will be doing the work of God. I believe that God will bless those efforts, and we will see Christ Church Anglican change for the better and reach the Main Line with the transforming love of Christ.