Community is central to the Bible story. People are called not simply to an individual relationship with God, but to become part of the new people of God, the bride of Christ. You become a Christian when, by faith, you become part of the people for whom Christ died.
We see from the Bible story that we are recreated by the cross and resurrection to be God’s people. We are family. Our identity is communal. This is why for us the central context for the Christian life is a Gospel Community.
A Gospel Community is a group of people living life-on-life together on mission.
A Gospel Community has a common identity with a commitment to pastoring one another with the Gospel and working together to witness to Christ in their neighbourhood. The Gospel Community is the core unit of church life, the place where evangelism, pastoral care, discipleship and life take place.
A focus on the Gospel: Community is given to us in the Gospel. We are reconciled by God through the cross. Our focus needs to be on the cross. We are Gospel Communities.
A focus on mission: A sense of community is often built by doing things together. It is as we orient ourselves outwards that our inner communal life is strengthened. Community is not to be self-indulgent. We are Gospel Communities with a mission to take that Gospel to the lost.