Love God, love one another, love the world
Send Evangelical Church is a community of God’s people who exist to love God, love one another, and to love the world. Therefore, we are a Bible-based, prayer-saturated, Gospel-centred, Spirit-filled church.
We love God because He first loved us. Loving God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is at the heart of all we do, and follows Jesus’ great command 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.’ We love God by worshipping Him in all we do.
Loving one another and loving the world are expressions of our obedience to Jesus’ other great command to ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’.
We love one another by encouraging one another, speaking truth to one another, confessing sins to one another, forgiving one another, bearing one another’s burdens, serving one another and praying for one another as a community of God’s people in Send.
We love the world by stewarding God’s creation, by caring for all people because they are made in the image of God, and above all by seeking to share the Good News of God’s love and Christ’s saving death, going out from Send to the ends of the earth.
We are a Bible-based church because we recognise that the Bible is the authoritative and true Word of God. By His Spirit, God speaks to us through His Word, guides us through His Word, and shows Jesus to us through His Word. It contains everything we need for life and salvation, and so we build our church around its truth.
We are a prayer-saturated church because we recognise that it is through prayer that we speak to the God who has first spoken to us, and enjoy our relationship with Him. We also pray because we are utterly dependent on God for any fruit in our lives, our ministry or our mission.
We are a Gospel-centred church because we recognise that the Gospel message, that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day, is the foundation of our relationship with God. Through the Gospel of grace we receive forgiveness of sins, adoption into God’s family, the sure and certain hope of heaven, and the power to live for Jesus today. Without the Gospel we are without hope and without God in the world.
We are a Spirit-filled church because we recognise that the Holy Spirit indwells each and every Christian from the moment of conversion; and He also dwells in us collectively as the Church, the body of Christ. His work is to glorify Christ by giving us spiritual life in Christ, transforming us to be more like Christ, showing us Christ through the Bible, and building up the Church by His gifts. It is the Spirit who enables us to be Bible-based, prayer-saturated and Gospel-centred; and to love God, one another and the world.