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Our Lenses

The purpose of a lens is to bring something into focus so that we may see it clearly. Our theological lenses are key major themes in scripture that help us see where Jesus is leading us and where our focus is to be directed. No lens is perfect, but these are based on our best understanding of God’s character and nature.

These 5 lenses are integral to how we view life.

 
  1. The Kingdom of God:

We believe the Kingdom of God, or God’s rule and reign in our world, is the overarching and integrating theme of Scripture. We believe God’s kingdom is an “upside down kingdom, where the first are last, the poor are blessed, and we gain our life by losing it. We are committed to demonstrating the good news of the kingdom of God and to bearing witness to the “already and not yet” of the kingdom through our words and deeds—through healing (physical, emotional, and social), doing justice, and bringing freedom those held captive by evil.

  2)   Jesus-Centred:

We believe that Jesus is the perfect picture of who God is (Hebrews 1:3), and he is the centre of our life and faith. Our purpose is to be a demonstration of his love and mercy to our community and to invite each person to orient their lives towards him.

  3)    God is love:

We believe that one of the clearest statements in all of Scripture is that “God is love”. (1 John 4:8). We are grieved by those who portray our loving Heavenly Father as an angry vengeful deity focused on punishment and seek to share the love we have experienced from him. We believe that God is also a God of Justice who is a defender of the poor, the marginalised and the powerless.

  4)     God is a God of Mission

We believe that God is and always has been at work in our world, and he invites us to participate in his rescue mission of seeing the reconciliation of all things in Jesus, and specifically reconciliation between God and humanity (Col 1:2; 2 Cor 5:20).

5)      The Priesthood of all Believers

A key way to describe Jesus’ followers in Scripture is as a “Nation of kings and priests.” God invites us to act on his behalf in our world and, as priests, to serve as mediators between God and those around us—reflecting and directing worship back to him. 

This lens may also be summed up with the phrase, “Everybody gets to play.” We believe that every person has been created in the image of God and has unique gifts, talents, and passions that they can offer. While “church” is often considered a place people go to “get from God”, we believe that the church is to be a place where we come share what God has blessed us with. 

Our Focus

These are the values we believe Jesus is inviting us to live out as a community. We will build them out further here soon. Friendship with God Formation Family Faithful Presence

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