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Values:  A Gospel People Called to be ...

1: A Prophetic Community

Following Jesus in confronting evil, injustice, and hypocrisy.

Challenging worldly concepts of wealth, power, status, and security.

As Baptists, we emphasise the importance of conscience, and of carefully listening to the voice of conscience. 

Having a dissenting history, we should be unafraid to live distinctively and prophetically.

2: An Inclusive Community

Following Jesus in transcending barriers of gender, language, race, class, age, and culture.

Identifying with those who are rejected, deprived and powerless.

We should reflect Jesus’ love for the fallen, the excluded, the poor and hungry, the oppressed, the voiceless and

the powerless. As Baptists, we need to recover the Reformation emphasis on the priesthood of all believers. 

3: A Sacrificial Community

Following Jesus in accepting vulnerability and the necessity of sacrifice.

Seeking to reflect the generous, life-giving nature of God.

Baptist communities will resist the temptations of worldly power and triumphalism.

We will recognise the importance of vulnerability and the necessity of sacrifice

as the path to resurrection and new life.

We will embrace the call to live with paradox and failure.

We will seek to reflect the generous life-giving nature of God. 

4: A Missionary Community

Following Jesus in demonstrating in word and action God’s forgiving and healing love.

Calling and enabling people to experience the love of God for themselves.

Corporately and individually, we are obliged to seek to bring other people to a personal experience

of God’s saving love and to a faith-relationship with him,

and to demonstrate, in our words and actions, God’s forgiving and healing love.

5: A Worshipping Community

Following Jesus in engaging in worship and prayer which inspire and undergird all we are and do.

Exploring and expressing what it means to live together as the people of God,

obeying his Word and following Christ in the whole of daily life.

We must recognise the primacy of worship and prayer, both individually and corporately.

This will nurture our relationship with God and awaken us to the wonder of his salvation.

It will open our hearts and minds to the renewing power of the Holy Spirit,

making us more ready to obey his Word and honour him in all aspects of our daily lives.

It will also enrich our life together as the people of God by guiding and undergirding all we are and do.

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