Firstly, Ignite is church, but it’s probably not church as most people know it, because in the main, most people – especially those living in our marginalised and social deprived communities – aren’t coming to normal traditional church. So we try to be different and relevant, while still communicating the Good News of the Gospel.
In the parable of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25, Jesus gives us our commission to look after the poor, the sick and the needy. This is what we try to do, by showing genuine, intentional compassion for other human beings. We do this by building relationships with people where they are, in their own communities.
God loves to bring people into community, into a knowledge of being loved and valued, through genuine friendships and relationships. This is Ignite’s core DNA.
1 John 4:19 tells us that, “We love because God first loved us. “ So we very intentionally try to work out that verse in all that we do. We love people, with no agenda, because God first loved us. We want people to feel comfortable and know that they are valued and loved, so that when the time is right – if they want to – they can choose to meet and know the risen Lord Jesus for themselves.
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