▶ A Holy Community looks like a group of ordinary people who gather in the name of Jesus to worship Him and lift His name high. He is at the centre of all. There is no star of the show other than Jesus.
Philippians 2:9-11, Colossians 1:15-20
▶ A Holy Community is a place where, despite our differences, we choose to be ONE; where we would dare to be vulnerable, open and accessible, making room for questions, fear and failure; where we acknowledge that life is complicated and at times so hard and unfair... But that our Father in Heaven is good and just and we are His – so let’s journey through together.
John 13:34-35, Ephesians 4:2-6
▶ A Holy Community makes room for the Spirit of God to do His fine work in and amongst us. We allow Him to be our guide, our comfort, our counsellor.
John 14:26, 1 Corinthians 2:12-13, Galatians 5:22-25
▶ A Holy Community doesn’t run from suffering but embraces it, allowing the hard things to soften our hearts even further and draw us deeper into the love and goodness of God.
2 Corinthians 4:8-10, Romans 5:3-5
▶ A Holy Community takes its place in God's story and does all it can do in its appointed time to be a place of healing, freedom and restoration. We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before; we are fully alert and awake in the here and now; and we look to the horizon as we build for the generations to come.
Ephesians 2:19-22, Hebrews 12:1-3
▶ A Holy Community loves beyond words and responds to the missional call beyond its own borders. We get our hands dirty and are not afraid to go into the darkest of places to shine light. We, its members, act justly; we love mercy; we walk humbly.
Acts 1:8, Micah 6:8
▶ A Holy Community is a house of prayer. We engage in the battle – and stand in the gap and intercede for our families, friends, neighbours, enemies, leaders, nation, and this hurting and broken world.
Matthew 21:13, Philippians 4:6, James 5:13-16, Matthew 6:9-13
▶ A Holy Community says, “What can I give?” and “How can I serve?” rather than saying, “What can you give me?" and “What can I get?” - an attitude and way of being which turns consumerism on its head.
Galatians 5:13-14, John 13:12-15, James 2:14-17
▶ A Holy Community worships together. We break bread together. We start again together. We remind each other of the glory of the cross as we choose life and forgiveness and mercy and grace and acceptance and inclusion.
Acts 2:42, Luke 22:19-20