The following is our initial attempt to articulate the vision and values for Manly Life. Feel free to read, interact and comment on what we have below. Our hope is that as we grow and develop as a community, so our vision and values will grow too.
Joining God in bringing LIFE to Manly
Joining God – through repentance and faith we have been adopted as sons and daughters of the living God. We join God in being one with Christ, committed to his way and mission.
Bringing Life – the Zoë life of God that has been given to us by His Spirit is what we carry and share as we meet together and go in mission. It is divinely breathed, eternal, extraordinary and loving.
To Manly – is the greater region of Sydney where we seek to see God’s kingdom planted through a community of His followers.
Vision: To build a loving Christian community that grows, as we know God, walk in His presence and seek His kingdom coming in our area
Core Values: Our core values are the underlying principles that guide us in making decisions, determining priorities, setting goals, allocating resources and carrying out programs. They are the defining characteristics of Manly Life and are drawn from biblical teachings.
We value the Gospel as Good News: The Gospel is the power and love of God for salvation and transformation. Everything we do is in alignment with Jesus, who is the good news of God’s grace to heal humanity’s brokenness. (Rom 1:16, John 3:16, Luke 19:10)
We value personal relationship with God the Father: We are passionate about worshipping God in Spirit and truth, walking in our true identity as sons and daughters and experiencing his unconditional love. Our relationship grows through prayer, scripture and time with God (John 14:6-13, Luke 15:11-32, Rom 8:35-39, Luke 5:16)
We value building kingdom community: We believe in the power of authentic Christ-centred community expressing love for God and one another through gathering, hospitality, generosity, compassion and forgiveness. All are to be loved, honoured and have a role to play in the community. (1 Pe 2:9-10, Acts 2:42-47, 1 Co 12:12-31)
We value the Spirit filled life: We desire to be known as people of God’s presence continuing the works of Jesus. It is the Spirit of God who assures us of our adoption, who transforms our character and empowers us with gifts to serve. We seek God’s presence in our meetings and in our mission. (Rom 8:15-16, Gal 5:22-25, 1 Co 12:4-11, Acts 2:42-47)