Our church has been through a process that took a couple of years when both in our small groups, and in Sunday services we looked at the Bible (especially the 'Gospel of Luke' and the 'Book of Acts') and tried to decide what kind of church God wants us to be. At the end of the process we got together and wrote down what we believe our 'dream church' should look like.
So what kind of a church do we dream of?
It's far greater than church though...
When we studied the Bible we realised that Jesus' focus and teaching were not so much on the church. The focus of his ministry was greater than church - and definitely far greater than any local church! This is what he said, "I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent." (Luke 4:43) His focus was the Kingdom of God. He spoke often about the kingdom of God (see his parables), he taught his disciples to pray for the kingdom of God, he instructed them to preach about the kingdom of God - and that is exactly what they did, as we can see in Acts.
So we decided as a church that our focus cannot be on our local congregation, but on the amazing reality of the Kingdom of God. We recognise that any local church, and even the universal church, are but part of this kingdom, where Jesus is the King of Kings. We believe that it is when we focus on the Kingdom of God that our church becomes the 'dream church' that we spoke about.
We want to see individuals and communities transformed by the power of God's Kingdom.
Extend God's Kingdom, one life at a time, by making disciples who make disciples.
We realised that if our vision is to become reality, then each of us has something to do. There are certain commitments that we need to make:
With Christ at the Centre
Make Christ the centre of your thoughts and activities
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Go & Tell
Go and tell others about salvation in Christ
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing 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.
Love & Share
Love God’s family and share life with them
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
Know & Grow
Know the person of Jesus and grow more like him
This is how we know we are in God: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
(1 John 2:6)
Serve & Sacrifice
Serve God and others in a sacrificial way
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
(1 Peter 4:10)