Love for God includes active compassion for humanity. Our mission is as deeply Spiritual as it is unmistakably human.
Jesus came to end the curse that had kept us alienated from God. We often call this alienating force sin. What it is in practical terms is that damnable desire to always serve self first; first before God and first before others. A self-determination in relationship with God equates directly to selfishness in relationship with other humans. Accepting Jesus is a declaration that I need God to rule in my life. This impulse to get humble with God translates into a selflessness in human relationships and a new, radical impulse to seek the good of my neighbors and of all humanity.
This is a key indicator that “faith” in Jesus is actually becoming discipleship. A new Spirit in me, the Spirit of Christ, results in tangible life choices. I’m not a follower simply because I agree with what Jesus has said. I am a follower because I actively act as he would act; pursue what he would pursue. I’m a follower when I eagerly give up my life for a lifestyle of humility toward God, a life of sacrifice and love toward humanity.
When Christian community reflects God accurately, the people of God become a dramatic demonstration of God’s coming kingdom. Participants and observers alike can proclaim, “The kingdom of God is here” (Matt. 10).
To this end, we want to establish and support small, local church communities; communities in which consumerism, selfish independence, isolation and self-focused living are becoming a thing of the past.