IDENTITY: who we are
Our identity as Christians:
- God has brought us to new life through the death of Jesus on the cross, to be a holy People who 'glorify God and enjoy him for ever'.
Our particular identity as LEC:
- God has gathered us together in Leipzig from many nations, cultures and confessions, to be a unique Gemeinde with unique opportunities to 'glorify Him and enjoy him for ever'.
MISSION: our task in this world
We are called to know Christ and make Him known as we:
VISION: our role in Leipzig
In God's strength we seek to be whole people taking the whole bible to the whole world:
- whole people:
loving God with clear minds and warm hearts, worshipping him in our everyday life
- whole bible:
proclaiming God's unchanging Word, applying it to life in a changing world
- whole world:
advancing God's world-wide purposes by taking our God-given opportunities:
- an international community
- a world language
- a university city
- a historic denomination
FOUNDATION: what we believe
All that we are and all that we do is founded on our belief in the God who reveals himself through the Scriptures as:
- God the Father,
the sovereign Creator
and daily Sustainer of all mankind
- God the Son,
the living Word who reveals God, and what it means to live in 'God's image';
the loving Saviour who alone brings us to God through his death for our sin;
the risen Lord who meets us through his Holy Spirit in his life-giving Word.
- God the Holy Spirit,
who glorifies Jesus as he brings us to new life and works in our lives:
opening our mind to our need and our Saviour;
humbling our will to repent and believe;
moving our heart to loving devotion;
thus building the church as witness to the world.
So God the three-in-one is in his very nature relationship. He has created us in his image, for relationship with him and with one another.
VALUES and AIMS: what matters to us, and what we want LEC to look like
Our desire is to be a 'biblical Gemeinde': making Christ visible in the world as we live in restored relationships with God and with one another.
All this we seek for God's glory, compelled by Christ's love, in the strength of His Holy Spirit.