Together we are better
HOPE has the backing of an unprecedented range of denominations, ministries, movements, conferences and networks. Christian leaders throughout the UK are working together in unity to prepare for a year of mission in 2014.
Here's what some Christian leaders have to say about working together:
Sharing our faith in Jesus Christ means living in such a way that our actions demonstrate the rule of Christ in our lives and that, wherever we can, we offer testimony to the difference following Jesus Christ makes. We need to be people of word and action. When we work together as churches in mission these two things go seamlessly together. As Christian communities we should demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to our wider community by our actions and faithfully explain our faith, the story of Jesus offering others a clear way to join us as fellow disciples. We need to be people who know how to both act out and explain the Christian story in the 21st century in which we live.
Rachel Jordan, National Mission and Evangelism Adviser, Church of England
Jesus modelled word and deed mission and so we follow his example; the good news needs to be experienced as well as heard.
Steve Clifford, General Director, Evangelical Alliance
Many may not want to hear what we say, but very few will deny an act of love that affirms the confession of our faith.
Yemi Adedeji, Director of One People Commission and Associate Director of HOPE
Belief and behaviour are inseparable for our Christian witness to be authentic and real. The true measure of Christian witness is to pass the test of credibility.
André Cox, Territorial Leader, The Salvation Army in the UK and Ireland
‘The Word became flesh’. Being like Jesus means we can no longer separate word and action. They are more than two sides of the same coin; they are the copper and nickel that create the coin. They are integral to one another.
Kiera Phyo, Tearfund Youth and Emerging Generation team
There is a huge temptation for Christians to live compartmentalised lives and as a result to be less effective than we could be in our daily witness to the power of the gospel to transform. HOPE offers
us the opportunity to be much more intentional about joining up what we think and say with what we do, to truly offer to God the worship of our lives and to offer our neighbours the life-giving Word of God. The Bible is always a book in translation and the most telling translation is the translation of our lives.
Ann Holt OBE, Director of External Relations, Bible Society
In Acts 20:24 Paul says: ‘However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.’
These words came from a man for whom the grace of God resonated so deeply, that he was prepared to risk his life so that others too might come to know the King! Having encountered the love and mercy of God we too know the gospel is the very best news there is. May Paul’s words motivate us all to reach out through word and action to those in our neighbourhood who desperately need the love of Jesus!
Manoj Raithatha, South Asian Forum National Co-ordinator