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Values of BFC

Over the next few months, I want to consider some of the values of this church and present them again to you.  I want to do this because values only have power when lived out.  To be a radical church family is about being different and creating a different kind of community – something that is impossible to do if our values match exactly with the world around us.  Values answer the question – what kind of church do we want to be?  And if we don’t dictate our values, circumstances will.  So as I briefly describe each of them, ask yourself the simple question; how much does my behaviour match this belief?  We will never get things perfect but I for one want to be moving forward at the right pace and in the right direction. 
 

Value #2 We want to be a Grace church

Grace is the free, unmerited goodness and favour of God.  Grace declares that God’s love for you is complete, unchanging and unconditional.  You are accepted just as you are!  Whether you do well or badly, sin or stay pure, you are completely accepted because the righteousness of Jesus that has been given to you.  You can’t improve God’s love for you.  You can’t reduce God’s love for you. 

BFC is a church that loves the grace of God; it credited to us a status that we could never earn.  Because of grace we are free from fear, condemnation and legalism.  It isn’t that grace stops us striving; rather it stops us striving to earn God’s approval and instead inspires us to strive for God because we have His approval.  And it isn’t that grace is licence to sin, rather as Titus 2:12 says, it teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness.  Grace isn’t the absence of commands (Jesus seemed happy to command us to do many things), it the presence of confidence.  We are freed from our old life to pursue a new life in Christ. 


We want everyone in and around our church to experience God’s grace through us.  We will welcome all who come, share grace with everyone we meet and ensure that whenever the church comes together that it becomes a ‘second experience of grace’ (2 Corin 1:15) as Paul expected it to be when he met with the church.  So the grace that confirms our status with God becomes the grace that confirms our status with each other.  It is often hard, but always wonderful to experience and highly attractive to those who only know this performance-driven world. 




 


Ben Martin, 05/07/2013

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