Zechariah 7:9-10a: “This is what the Lord Almighty said: Administer true justice, show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor.”
The list of people in these two short verses has been entitled 'The Quartet of the Vulnerable'. We desire to serve these people and gives shape to our philosophy of our missionary activity. It boils down to 4 Goals:
1. Aware – we want to learn about each other’s experiences. We want to learn about the struggles and challenges of living in both under-resourced neighborhoods, and also about the challenges of living in a privileged suburban context.
2. Care – we want to care about each other. We want to see each other’s challenges as our own challenges. We want to get past stereotypes, and into real relationships.
3. Share – we want to share life together. We want to hang out, play basketball, serve in food pantries, and eventually, share economic burdens as well (2 Corinthians 8:1-15).
4. Dare – we want to be pushed out of our “comfort zones.” We want to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and trust that God will build up the Church in unity, while also embracing diversity. After all, we serve a Triune God, who is both Three & One–One God in Three Persons.
Evangelism is sharing the Gospel with other people. We do believe in objective truth. We believe that not all paths lead to eternal life. We belief the only path to eternal life is what Jesus said to us, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6). We work towards equipping one another to speak the truth in love to our neighbors. We want to communicate what we believe about Jesus with a tone of gentleness and respect. Yet there is a sense of urgency to help others--or possibly even you!--to know who Jesus is so that they too can experience Resurrection Life for themselves!