New CommunitiesA Life on Life Experience of Grace
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
Jesus, John 13:34
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
When people with a new gospel culture do life together, a New Community is formed.
We dream of a gospel of grace-inspired community where people are known, cared for, and grow together in their faith.
Our New Community is characterized by covenant relationships, New Community Groups, and being “outward faced and porous.”
A Covenant of Grace Community
Jesus’ gospel of grace creates an unbreakable confidence in our relationship with God because Jesus’ sacrifice sealed what is called a “covenant relationship.”
A covenant relationship is a commitment between two parties sealed with a sacrifice. In Christianity, Jesus himself became the sacrifice on the cross that sealed God’s willingness to have an unconditionally loving covenant relationship with us—a covenant of grace.
Grace—unmerited acceptance and kindness—creates the solid foundation and safe space for deep and generous relationship characterized by celebration, laughter, care, safety, character growth, and accountability.
We dream of both a vertical covenant relationship with God as a community and horizontal covenant relationships with one another in our faith community. We dream of the gospel implication that “we are more messed up than we dare admit yet more loved than we ever dared hope” freeing us to build deep and authentic relationships and to grow together.
Modeled after the portrait of Christian community in Acts 4:42-47, we dream of neighbourhood New Communities, which make growing in Christian worldview, values, community, character, practices, and service a family thing. We are better together as we keep community life and accountability in our faith journey a priority.
Our New Community life is accomplished through “together” rhythms of Bible study, life on life discipleship, eating, prayer, and serving our own neighbourhoods, backyards, and beyond. Growing in our faith will always require a mix of being in community, celebration, caring, counseling, and confronting.
“Outward Faced and Porous”
God’s grace always reminds us of where we came from and his heart for those Jesus misses the most. We dream, therefore, of being an outward faced and porous community that is warmly and continually relating to our neighbours, regardless of background.
Being “outward faced” means explaining the gospel in words and terms that those cynical, cautious, or curious about the gospel will understand.
Being a “porous” community means regularly extending invitations to our non believing friends to come and see what enjoying and following Jesus is all about.
Come and See!
We warmly invite you to visit a New Community Group. We have six neighbourhood based groups. If you are interested, please contact us.
Thorncliffe Park, Tuesdays 7-9 pm
Yonge & Davisville, Wednesdays 7-9 pm
Flemingdon Park, Wednesdays 7-9 pm
Bayview & Eglinton, Thursdays 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Victoria Park & Ellesmere, Thursdays 7-9 pm