Intimate communion with our Creator is the purpose for which humanity was created. Jesus taught that the greatest commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind” (Luke 10:27). The lovesick psalmist says, “One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple” (Psalm 27:4). And St. Augustine famously wrote, “Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.”
We pursue intimate communion by devoting ourselves to Scripture, fellowship, worship, and prayer (Acts 2:42).
Kingdom community is community that’s shaped by the sacrificial love of Jesus (Phil. 2:1-11) and lived out in the power the Holy Trinity (1 Cor. 12:4-6). It’s an interdependent fellowship that crosses ethnic and socioeconomic boundaries. It’s a community of “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,” where we “rejoice with those who rejoice, and mourn with those who mourn” (Rom. 14:17; 12:15). The kingdom of God concerns both personal holiness and social justice; evangelism and compassion for the poor.
We pursue kingdom community at all our gatherings, Missional Communities, and through our common life together.
Grassroots Commission refers to the spontaneous expansion of the Church, to Gospel proclamation, and to creative engagement with the world for the common good, through the priesthood of all believers. It’s “grassroots” because it often starts small, arising organically from the prayers, relationships, and entrepreneurial ideas of God’s people. Jesus said that the kingdom of God is “like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches” (Luke 13:19).
Jesus rules and directs the mission of the Church through the power of the Holy Spirit. At the same time, it is the consistent pattern of the New Testament for “commissioned” leaders to help to bring order and shape to the advancing mission (e.g. Luke 6:12-16; 10:1-20; Acts 6:1-7; 14:21-23; 1 Tim. 3:1-13). Therefore, grassroots commission is modeled in Scripture, and is indicative of missional Anglicanism.