In our mission to make disciples of every man, woman, and child, we recognize that discipleship process begins in a relationship of demonstrated love and mercy as modeled by Christ. It is much easier for a person to understand the love of Christ personally, when he or she has experienced that same love from one of Christ’s followers. In fact, the two greatest commands Jesus gave His own disciples were to Love God with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind…and secondly to love their neighbor as themselves.
When Jesus was asked “Who is my Neighbor?” by a young lawyer, through the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) Jesus illustrated that a neighbor is anyone that God sovereignly places in my life to love and show mercy to.
God has sovereignly placed our church within the city of Winston-Salem to be a living representation of His love and mercy to our neighbors in this city. As citizens of His Kingdom, we commit to loving our neighbors as He would. Using the Good Samaritan illustration as a model, we commit to loving our neighbor in these three ways:
WE COMMIT TO BEING PRESENT WITH OUR NEIGHBORS. (LUKE 10: 30-34a)
We value the dignity of each person through human interaction and we learn about our neighbors through relationship.
WE COMMIT TO DO THE WORK OF BINDING WOUNDS. (LUKE 10:34)
Corporately and individually we mobilize to give and serve with compassion to meet felt needs.
WE COMMIT TO LONG-TERM GOOD OF OUR NEIGHBORS. (LUKE 10:35-37)
We seek to understand and affect the transformation of systems that
may be wounding our neighbors again and again.