Our mission statement is ‘Lights is all about the radical love of God making radical followers of Jesus Christ’.
We know the word ‘radical’ can carry some negative baggage, but it doesn’t need to. To be clear, we’re not about violence or terrorism or anything like that. The word ‘radical’ comes from the Latin word for ‘root’, like roots in a tree. We’re trying to express the fact that God’s love goes all the way to his core. It’s not just a ‘sometimes thing’. It permeates all he does and is most profoundly seen in what he has done in Jesus Christ (check out ‘what we believe‘ for more on that). And the response he calls for is for us to become radical followers of Jesus. Following Jesus isn’t an extra branch we throw on the tree of our lives. It’s at our roots and permeates everything we do. Jesus is calling for radical followers, but being a radical follower of Jesus doesn’t mean you take other people’s lives. Instead you lay down your life for the sake of others. A radical follower of Jesus doesn’t hate his enemy, he loves him. Radical followers of Jesus are people unafraid to live counter-cultural lives in love for God and in love for their neighbours.
A radical follower of Jesus is someone who:
Know the gospel
People become radical followers of Jesus Christ through knowing the message of the radical love of God. This message is called the gospel. If you want to know what the gospel is, check out ‘what we believe‘. When we say ‘know the gospel’, we don’t just mean intellectual understanding, we mean knowing and believing. Trusting in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Submitting every aspect of life to him. And this is the foundation for someone growing in the gospel, showing the gospel and going with the gospel.
Grow in the gospel
As radical followers of Jesus, we want to grow in our love and knowledge of God. This involves a growing delight in prayer and in God’s word. We want to understand the overall plan and message of the Bible, and to understand our way in and around the Bible, so that we can read the Bible for ourselves (Psalm 1:2). We want each of our members to uphold sound, Reformed theology and to possess a clear, consistent, Christian worldview.
Show the gospel
From the moment of salvation, the Spirit works in us to transform us to the likeness of Christ and to produce good works (Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 5:16). We are not saved by good works, but for good works. We want to grow in the fruits of the Spirit and to exhibit these in all areas of our lives (Galatians 5:22–23). We want to do good works for the good of others and to the glory of God.
Go with the gospel
God has redeemed us through Christ to declare his praises to the world (1 Peter 2:9). Those who believe in the amazing saviour cannot help but speak of him. And so we exist so that Lights members can tell their friends about the amazing things that God has done through his Son. We also want Lights members to consider the nature and needs of ministry in our church, in our nation and in our world. Our goal is that, if a young person leaves our church family, we would send them joyfully with the gospel.