“We want to be welcoming and inclusive —valuing each person from the oldest to the youngest. We take seriously God’s command to love one another and seek to do this prayerfully and practically by asking for help and offering help.”

Key Verse

             “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13v34-35

Heaven’s government is family. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit – three in one - are our perfect picture of what family should look like here on earth. (See Eph 3v14) Love and honour flow between them. God is love - and the more we are rooted and grounded in Him, the greater capacity we will have to love, honour and care for one another in that same way.

Jesus’ death and resurrection was not just to forgive us of our sins, but to restore us back into close relationship with our Heavenly Father. We are born again into the family of God – and become joint heirs with Christ. God’s desire is that all people would return to the family fold.  Many people feel lost, alone, hurt and broken because relationships which were designed to nurture and nourish them turned sour and brought fear, shame and trauma instead. In God’s plan for His big family – there is hope and healing and no-one need ever be alone. We read in Psalm 68v5-6, “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families and leads the prisoners out with singing”.

At Broadmead, we want to be growing in our knowledge and love of God and each other. God has brought us together in this place to be family. We all can help each other and we all need help ourselves. In offering hlep and asking for help we find the intersection of the Kingdom of God at work. Each person, from the youngest to the oldest is precious and valued and has something to contribute to the family here. We seek to be those who love God and find our own healing in Him so that we are free to love others with the love we have received. We want to be those who look out for and reach out to those in our church family who have needs so that we can support them practically and through prayer. We want to relate to each other as fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters – with love, honour, respect and loyalty. We seek to build one another up not tear down and to speak the truth to one another with love, kindness and gentleness. We also realise it is our privilege and responsibility to invite others into relationship with the Father and long to welcome new members into the family!

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