1. Creating a ‘come as you are’ culture
Whatever someone’s personal background, situation, area of struggle, moral context or current sexual orientation, they are welcome to come and belong in this church. We will not aim to change or ‘shape them up’. But we will introduce them to Christ and allow him to do the ‘shaping'. Affection towards Christ is the profound changer of human behaviour (born out of salvation) and not conformity to a moral code (born out of legalism).
It is a culture that we will need to change –
from BEHAVE – BELIEVE – BELONG
to BELONG – BELIEVE – BECOME… or we will lose this generation entirely.
Recommended reading: 'No Perfect People Allowed' by John Burke ISBN: 978-0-310-27501-5
2. Full of the Spirit
The Holy Spirit is a vital part of our church. We are looking to experience him more in key areas, including:
- personal holiness
- gifts of the Spirit
- signs and wonders
- understanding God’s word
Recommended reading: 'Sustainable Power' by Simon Holley ISBN: 978-1-86024-884-9
3. Community of believers
We need to be a ‘safe’ community where there is unity, people trust one another with their real selves and where community even brings a level of healing and wholeness.
Recommended reading: 'Becoming a True Spiritual Community' by Larry Crabb ISBN: 978-0-8499-1884-1
4. Mercy and Justice
Out of gratitude for what Christ has done for us we help, support and care for those who are marginalised or disadvantaged. Social action is not an alternative to the gospel but part of the gospel. As we look after those on the edge, we follow Christ’s example. We also trust that God will bless us in doing this and that many will come to Christ as a direct consequence of our social care ministries.
Recommended reading: 'Generous Justice' by Timothy Keller ISBN: 978-0-340-99509-9
Summary of the vision for Jubilee Church, DWP January 2018