Our God is a God who exists in constant relationship, and who has created us in his likeness. Therefore, relationship is not just built into the DNA of our flesh, but into our spiritual DNA as well. To be fully human we must be in relationship with others. Relationship and relational community is not just at the very core of our theology, anthropology, and sociology, but is at the very core of what it means to be human.
To this end, we were made by God to be in right relationship—with him, with ourselves, with other believers, and with everyone. These relationships can be thought of as being four directions or points on a compass, which give direction and orient us towards living the life God wants for us in the here & now—today! And, ultimately, they help us to be pointed towards where God would have us go as individuals and together as a church.
To “Get Involved” at Wentworth is to begin to—and continue to—participate in each of these relational directions. To begin investigating ways you could get involved at Wentworth by focusing on our directions, visit one of the links found in the “Get Involved” drop down menu at the top of the page.
UPWARD (Our Relationship with God)
Disciples of Jesus invest in their relationship with God through various practices, often termed “spiritual disciplines:. Practices such as prayer, fasting, scripture study, lectio divina, confession, and our personal responses to God’s grace in our lives (that is, worship) are all examplesof these practices. Jesus says that if we abide in him he will abide in us (John 14). It is thus our belief that abiding in Christ and deepening our relationship with the Triune God is important to what it means to be a follower of Jesus. To this end we have various opportunities and avenues for people to deepen their relationship with God.
INWARD (Our Relationship with Ourselves)
As our relationship with God is deepened, we believe disciples of Jesus should engage in self care. Jesus came not just to save us but also to make us fully human—to help us experience the fullness of the life God intends for us (John 10:10). As we embrace the salvation Jesus offers us, and begin to live the life of heaven today as we will tomorrow, God will begin to transform us from the inside out by the power of the Holy Spirit, freeing us from our sin and brokenness so that we can be made whole and new. This process does not happen overnight, and can only occur if we continue to open ourselves up, via spiritual disciplines and our ongoing relationship with God and other Christians, to allowing God to work in the deepest parts of our being to bring about healing, transfiguration, and resurrection.
WITHWARD (Our Relationship with Christians)
Disciples of Jesus do not go it alone. Because our God is inherently relational (Father, Son, & Holy Spirit), we believe that God made us to be relational as well. As we begin and continue on the journey of faith, we do so together, alongside fellow believers who we give the space to encourage us, comfort us, gently correct us, and help us as we learn together what it means and looks like to follow our resurrected King, Jesus.
OUTWARD (Our Relationship with All Others)
Disciples of Jesus are, together, called the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). We are Jesus’ representatives on this earth until he comes again. We are God’s primary presence in our broken, hurting, suffering world. Just as God became flesh and dwelt among us, we are now called to go out and make God’s love for the world known in both word and deed. We are led by the Spirit in living out the transforming message of the resurrected Jesus, serving the world and sacrificing ourselves for the sake of God’s kingdom which we are caled to help grow though evangelism and service.