At Bicton UC:
We are committed to help transform lives and communities to wholeness, peace and justice:
- Growing with our whole being towards a closer love relationship with God.
“. . . love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.” Mark 12:30 (MSG)
- Growing a healthy relationship with all God’s people by loving them unconditionally.
Jesus said: “. . . Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” John 13:34-35 (MSG)
- Engaging with the world, serving with sacrificial love.
“This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.
My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love.” 1 John 3:16-18 (MSG)
We rejoice in God the Father
- who is the awesome, ever-present Creator.
- who invites us to be his family to have a close, loving, personal, dynamic relationship with him.
- who gives us freedom to choose to give him honour and glory.
- whose unconditional love we do not have to earn.
- who forgives us, accepts us as we are, welcoming us back with embracing arms when we turn to Jesus Christ.
We rejoice in God the Son
- who suffered and died in our place in order to deal with our sins
- who when he conquered death, proved that he succeeded in reconciling everyone, who believes in him, with God.
- who gives us hope for the future.
- who cares for every human being and comforts us.
We rejoice in God the Holy Spirit
- who guides and encourages us to become the people we can be in Christ
- who lovingly is restoring us to be a blessing to the world
- who empowers us to bear fruit of
- love – affection for others,
- joy – exuberance about life,
- peace – serenity,
- patience – willingness to stick with things,
- kindness – compassion in the heart,
- goodness – permeated holiness,
- faithfulness – committed loyalty,
- gentleness – not forcing our way in life,
- self-control – wisely marshalled and directed energy.