‘Love God, Love People, Love Life’
We believe that this statement highlights our aspirations as a community:
Identified by Jesus as the most important commandment, our number one priority is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). In other words, worship God. And it is this that forms the basis of our community.
In loving God, we aspire to live a life of worship 24/7; lives that continually honour him and which are distinctive and holy. We want to grow in faith, encouraging each other on our respective spiritual journeys, holding God’s values in our hearts and minds and speaking the truth in love to a fallen world.
The second most important commandment follows on from the first: ” Love your neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:31). Jesus both commands and challenges us to love each other so that “all people will know that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35) with the same kind of sacrificial love that Jesus demonstrated to us when he went to the cross. We want this to be modelled by the way we shape our community and in the relationships we have with each other.
MLBC seeks to be an inclusive community which builds people up. Our God is a creative God blessing us with different skills, gifts and personalities and thus we believe in unity and diversity. We want all people, regardless of their cultural background or Christian experience to find a place to fit and serve within our community. We want to be serious about relationships and open and honest with each other; real people living in the real world with priorities that flow from a spirit-filled life.
God designed the blueprint for being human and if we follow him faithfully that is the path to true peace, wholeness and contentment. Jesus said again that “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10). Thus Christians should be known as the people who love life – who truly know how to ‘be human’.
MLBC wants to be a community that loves life and lets the joy, peace and contentment which comes from this radiate out into the community. We see community transformation as important and want to be a mission-shaped church which blesses the local community: demonstrating the love of God in practical ways as we ‘shine like stars’ and hold out the‘word of life’ (Philippians 2:15-16).