Perhaps the best way to introduce ourselves is to tell you about what we care about most at Unichurch. There are lots of things we could talk about, but here are four things that are probably at the top of our list.
MOST OF ALL WE CARE ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Because he is the way we know God - because everything that his father God is - he is too. So as we get to know Jesus, we get to know God. But Jesus does more than that...
Our starting point in life is that our relationship with God is broken - you could think of it a bit like a terrible divorce (that's all our fault). And like any divorce there is a terrible mutual hostility as a result. But the amazing thing about Jesus is that he can fix that problem - he can reconcile us to his Father God. It cost Jesus his life to do this - he had a die a humiliating, public, painful death on a cross. But the bible says - that's where we see how much God loves us - that's what he was willing to do to bring us back into relationship with him. We think this is the best news in the world...by far.
WE CARE ABOUT THE BIBLE
Because we are convinced that the words of the bible are God's very own words. And that means as we listen to the bible we are listening to the voice of God. And he tells us the most wonderful things. He tells us how amazing he is, and how much he deserves our love, our obedience and our worship. And he tells us how beautiful his son Jesus is, and and how he loved us and gave himself to us to die for us. And he tells us what's involved in following Jesus. And there is nowhere else in the world we can hear God telling us these things. So that's why we love the bible.
WE CARE ABOUT EACH OTHER
Because we are more than just a community - we are a family. When we decided to follow Jesus, God brought each of us into his family. And since we have been loved this much by God we try to love one another. So we enjoy spending time together. We try to care for those amongst us going through tough times (and there are always some). We try not to be cliquey but to welcome and treat everyone the same. And we encourage one other to love God and each other better, because it's not easy. Jesus helps us with all of this.
WE CARE ABOUT THE WORLD AROUND US
We give some of our money away to the global poor. Some folk help pay for children's education around the world. Others help kids in the local estates; others help new immigrants and international students learn English. But the way we most want to love the world is this: we long for everyone around us to be forgiven by Jesus and brought into his family. Because Jesus said if that doesn't happen, people face an eternity alone & cut off from God. And we don't want that to happen to anyone. So we try hard to tell a lost world about Jesus. And we are not ashamed about doing that.