Purpose & Mission
We believe that Jesus has made the purpose and mission of every Christian and every church clear in Scripture, so there is no need to reinvent the wheel. Our purpose and mission can be summarised by The Greatest Commandments (Matt 22:36-40) and The Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20). As a church we strive to live our lives around the Commandments and the Commission.
- Love God (Matt 22:36-40)
- Love Others (Matt 22:36-40)
- Make Disciples (Matt 28:19-20)
As a church, we seek to live in accordance with our core values. This means we seek to be a community that is:
- Gospel Centred
Tim Keller says that the gospel is not the ABCs of the Christian life but the A-Z of the Christian life. The gospel is important not just for our justification at the moment of conversion, but also for sanctification, becoming more and more like Jesus until the day we die and go to be with Jesus in glory. That means that we never “graduate” from the gospel. It is always central to the Christian life. The gospel is the fountain from which all doctrine and Christian practice spring. We aim to keep the gospel the main thing.
- A Transcultural Community
The glorious, ultimate picture of the church that we see in Revelation (7:9-12) is a people of God from every nation, tribe, people and language. The amazing thing is that we don’t lose our unique culture and language and become assimilated into a heavenly monoculture. Each tribe and people’s culture and language is preserved in the midst of a mosaic of heavenly culture. We see unity in diversity. We believe that the local church should be a foretaste of heaven. If the ultimate church in heaven is a movie, then the local church should be a trailer. To this end, we want to pursue a transcultural community. A community that reflects and embraces the diversity of its context, but the power of the gospel transcends it and creates one new community in Christ. This is particularly relevant in our context which SBS names the most ethnically diverse suburb in all of Australia.
Charles Spurgeon famously said, “every Christian is a missionary or an imposter”. This does not mean that every Christian should quit their job and travel to a faraway land to proclaim the gospel. Instead, it means that every Christian should be obedient to the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations. Every disciple of Christ should be a disciple maker. It is our hope that as we proclaim this gospel in the city of Monash that many would repent and put their faith in Jesus and be reconciled to God.