IN THE UK
We are on a mission working alongside others in the Forest of Dean in the following ways -
Building Christ's family, the Church.
Serving local communities practically.
Pursuing the Great Commandment (Mark chapter 12 verses 29,30...love the Lord your God with all your mind and with all your strength...and love your neighbour as yourself).
Touching the Great Commission (Matthew chapter 28 verse 19...go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you).
This is reflected in the events/activities we pursue together and partnerships that we enjoy in the Forest of Dean. Every member of the church is encouraged to be a missionary where God has placed them!
We believe in and are committed to building the church of Jesus Christ right across this region to meet, pray and serve regularly alongside other churches, to impact the whole of the Forest of Dean.
TO OTHER PEOPLES
As a church aiming to be shaped by the Word of God we believe not only in establishing the church in this area but reaching to regions beyond us.
Jesus commanded us to 'go and make disciples of all nations' i.e. all ethnic groups, peoples, clans and families.
God's blessing upon Abraham extends to 'all families of the earth'. Psalm 67 exclaims 'May the peoples praise you O God, may all the peoples praise you!'
Jesus said that He would return when the gospel of the kingdom has been preached to all peoples. Paul says to the Corinthian church that he wanted to build effectively amongst them 'so that we can preach the gospel in the regions beyond you'. For this reason and others we are involved in other people groups in the countries of Uganda, South Sudan, the Middle East and Cambodia.
Our giving, our praying and our going reflect that calling as a church. like Isaiah 58 which urges us to serve the poor, the naked, the starving, the destitute, the lost , the burdened, the widow, the orphan, those who have been oppressed and suffer injustice - in fact to 'spend ourselves' on such a task. The New Testament church had the same mandate as they reached out to the gentiles.
We are excited too by the way the church is growing in the Middle East and Israel. We are stirred by Romans chapters 9-11, to build the church here and to pray for the emerging church in Israel. A number of our leadership members are involved in ministries in the Middle East. Links to their web sites are below.
Please visit the web pages of partners we work with.