Hot Rev’s Philosophy of Service
To invest in the lives of individuals and families, helping them to grow spiritually, stand biblically and serve lovingly, so that God’s Kingdom is extended in the community, nation and the world.
My aim to help the church to fulfil its calling of being a Christ-centred Spirit-filled community where people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds can find a place of belonging, encounter Christ, experience life transformation through the work of the Holy Spirit and intentional discipleship, and be given an opportunity to be part of God’s mission in the world.
Philosophy of Service
My philosophy of service can be put under three headings:
- The Great Confession
In Matthew 16: 16-17, Peter confesses that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God and Jesus praises Peter for that confession, stating that it was God who revealed this to him.
I believe it is the work of God’s Spirit to draw people to that place where they can make this Great Confession. However we need to offer opportunities for people in the parish to come to that place where they can make that confession. For some it would be a radical moment in their life where they see Jesus as the Christ. For others it can be a gradual process. I would love to see people becoming part of the parish life where they can they find a place of belonging, ask the hard questions of faith in a safe environment, so that they can come to a place of belief. I believe that we can be a spiritual community to the world where we can offer the sacraments to any individual or family who desires to encounter God. I hold on to the Creeds of the Church and the 39 Articles of the Anglican Faith and use them as the basis of teaching the great truths of the Bible.
I believe that the spiritual life is a journey; starting from the time a person enters this world to the time when he or she leaves the world. It is my belief that God’s covenant for grace is for the whole family and for all ages. I accept and practise the baptism of infants, knowing that it is the responsibility of the church to equip the parents to be godly parents and to disciple the child to be faithful to their calling. I also believe in discipling and equipping people so that they grow spiritually, stand biblically and serve lovingly in a broken world.
- The Great Commandment
In Matthew 22: 37-39, Jesus summarised the Law in these two great commandments – to love God totally and to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.
I believe that we need to help people connect with God and the world. To connect with God, we need to offer sacred spaces where people can worship God in a way that is relevant to them. When it comes to worship, I hold on to the catholic, charismatic and contemporary view of worship. What I mean is that we need to hold on to the rich traditions of the liturgy and forms of worship that we have in our Christian faith, allowing the Holy Spirit to bring to life the forms of worship as we gather for worship, and to see contemporary and fresh expressions of worship that would help the younger generation and unchurched connect with God in a way that is relevant to them.
I also believe that we are called to love the world just as God loves the world. When it comes to service, I am both liberal and missional. By liberal I mean that I am called to love and serve all people, and not withhold God’s grace to anyone. I will love and accept all people because we all need God’s grace and salvation. By missional I mean that we need to live our lives incarnationally in the world. Through my life, words and deeds, people encounter the God I follow.
- The Great Commission
In Matthew 28: 19-20, Jesus gives His final challenge to His disciples to make disciples. To make disciples, we need to go out from our sacred gatherings, into a world where we live out our faith through relationships, seeking for ways to draw people into this spiritual journey where they can make the Great Confession through God’s Spirit. If we fulfil the Great Commission, we will be growing spiritually and numerically as a parish.
I believe we need to equip our congregations to be disciple-makers and using the model that Jesus taught His disciples in Luke 10 to go out and love, serve and relate with others, looking for the opportunities to see God’s Kingdom come into the relationship situation. We continue the ministry of Jesus as stated in Luke 4: 18-19. And so I strongly believe that mission into the world has three parts – to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God (Micah 6: 8)