Partnership and Belonging
If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Romans 14.8
One of the great things about being a Christian is that God not only draws us near to himself in Jesus, but he also draws us near to each other. This means that we belong to Jesus and are given a place in his eternal kingdom, and we belong to each other and are united in a new community called church.
At Northmead Anglican we believe that being part of church means being passionate disciples of Jesus Christ who are committed to gathering, growing, giving and going. As a church family we know that everyone is part of God’s purpose to share his love and bring glory to Jesus Christ. We are all partners together in the gospel. For us this looks like:
- Gathering through gospel proclamation – being committed to coming along regularly to one of our public Church gatherings as well as bringing and welcoming others church
- Growing through gospel discipleship – being committed to growing as a Christian and as a passionate disciple of Christ, particularly through a Bible Study group, as well as being eager to see others grow as passionate disciples of Christ
- Giving in gospel community – serving as part of a devoted gospel community that loves God as well as generously giving our time, money and gifts to love others
- Going in gospel mission – being motivated and equipped to go out with the saving message of Jesus Christ our Lord even as we support and equip others to go out
Belonging to church means we love to gather because Jesus is our shepherd who has gathered us to himself. We invest in making and maturing disciples because Jesus died and rose so that we can grow into maturity and fruitfulness in him. We are a giving community because Jesus has given himself and the gift of forgiveness and eternal life to us. We take the gospel wherever we go because Jesus is the Saviour and Lord that the whole world needs to know.