We believe the church is better, and does better, together!
We are called to be a community of faith that cares about one another and, together, cares about our community and world.
Each part of the Church@TheGabba family is a valued member of our church community making a difference in our world.
The general vision of C@G is summed up simply as: Loving God, Loving Life and Loving People….everything that we do - worship, fellowship, ministry, mission - flows out of that simple, yet significant, statement.
However, the past year or so, has been a bit different. Not because the vision has changed. Not at all. But the context for it has.
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, our very society has been shaken to the core and the Church has been confronted with challenges the like of which have not been seen for generations, if at all.
In this past year, we have been stopped from gathering. We have had restrictions placed on what we do, and how we do it. We have been stretched and stressed. We have been isolated and disconnected...and many people as a result have become disengaged from the church and dissatisfied with it. Trials and troubles will always have negativity and criticism as their offspring.
And, yet...the church is not, and should not be, defined by the conditions of the society it finds itself in, or the problems that surround it. It is defined by God.
And so, this year, the church is emphatically, scripturally and practically reaffirming our ministry vision...and how we fulfil it....with the theme "BETTER TOGETHER".
We believe that God’s church is better together, and does better, together.
There are two key Scriptures in particular that underscore this point for us:
Hebrews 10:24,25...And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
And, Acts 2:42-47...They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer….etc.
Both of these verses talk about the church in the plural. Christianity is done in the context of community….not isolation or disconnection.
Also, the Hebrews passage talks about encouraging one another in love, good works and meeting together. It actually refers negatively to the fact that some have established a habit of NOT meeting together. There are a lot of Christians around the world at the moment who have become comfortable with NOT meeting together, even though they can.
And the passage in Acts 2 speaking of the community of believers starts off with the phrase…”they devoted themselves”…
Devotion is a matter of commitment. It is an act of the will. It takes effort and focus and passion and cost and, sometimes, discomfort.
There are, of course, many other Scriptural passages that underscore the fact that the Christian church is called to be a close-knit and loving community of faith, called to a collective purpose and mission....and we seek to live this out in practice and reality.
Church@TheGabba is called to Love God, Life and People.
And we are committed to demonstrating that we are better together...in our times of corporate worship, in prayer times, in life groups, in social activities and fellowship, and in ministry and mission. We believe that we will see God move in us, and through us, in powerful and wonderful ways as we commit together to this.
And we believe that everyone has an important part to play in how we do what we do.
We are BETTER TOGETHER!