VISION AND VALUES
We are made up of young and old, including children and young people of almost every age. We have people who've lived in the area since South Oxhey was built and lots of more recent arrivals; families and single people; people who've been Christians for years, some who have more recently become Christians and others who are exploring what it's all about. We could say more about different occupations, variety of nationalities, life experiences and so on... a variety of different people growing to know a wonderful God who loves each one.
We believe that a church is here to honour or glorify God: To show God's splendour.
At the heart of how we do this is to 'make disciples' as Jesus said.
We believe God is calling us to be:
a welcoming community of people
with Jesus Christ at the centre who
love God, love one another and love the lost.
We believe that it sums up much that is at the heart of what a church should be. It is rooted in the Bible, and especially closely linked to some verses in the New Testament that are very important to us. Jesus said: Matt 22:37-39 (NIV) "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. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.
He told stories about the lost being found in Luke 15.
Acts 2 and Acts 4 speak of the community of believers. Hebrews 12 speaks of fixing our eyes on Jesus.
Values speak of things that we hold dear and seek to live by. Three values are particularly important to us:
people matter to God;
people need Jesus Christ;
people can change.
We believe these are especially meaningful in an area where a substantial number of people feel they have been forgotten, have been badly treated or are stuck in difficult situations.
Many other values inform our beliefs and practice. Among the most significant are the importance of the Bible, the vital place of prayer and the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church and of each person.
MERCY FLIPPED THE SCRIPT
This is a video we used a while ago as part of a series titled "...... But God ......".
The video was part of a service led by the church youth on "Failed .... But God".
Make sure you watch it to the end to get the true picture!