Lens Statement

Session believe the role of all those in leadership at Knox is  to help people grow in their love of God, assisting them to draw closer to Him and to encourage and facilitate a heart change through prayer, equipping, encouraging and supporting their journey towards truly knowing Him.  This is in obedience to the Greatest Commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:28-31)

We acknowledge that the journey must begin with the heart change spoken of in the Scriptures.  2 Chronicles 7:14 says “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

We on Session believe that for us to make this heart change, both individually and corporately, we need to do the journey together through supportive relationships with one or more people.

We also believe that God is calling us to evaluate our life together through this lens.

This statement encapsulates our vision and our desire to see our Knox family grow in faith and in our love for God and one another- fulfilling God’s kingdom here in our community.

I hear you asking “so what does this all mean and practically what are we going to do?”

Session has prioritised  four areas of our church family life that we would like to focus on over the course of the coming year. . These are prayer, small groups, worship and mission.

We see prayer as our immediate priority because everything follows from that. We know that we have many prayer warriors amongst us, yet we feel that we need to build a deeper culture of prayer across all aspects of our corporate and personal lives.

We believe that prayer should be at the heart of everything we do and we want to find ways to encourage and grow an ‘expectation’ that God answers prayer. For example, this may include providing more visible opportunities for prayer, teaching on prayer and encouraging each of us to pray for one another.

Session also want to be intentional about encouraging and developing small groups. We will be working to ensure that more people are involved in 2013 because small groups are where we can support each other to grow in our knowledge of God, understand His truth and build trusting relationships. These groups are to be places where people have the confidence to share the realities of their life and to be open to the moving of the Spirit.

Small groups are where fellowship, discipleship, mission, ministry and worship all work together to build and strengthen our faith and our community.

Our times of worship are when we come together as a family to give God the honour and praise.  In these times, we are both encouraged and encourage others to press on in our Christian walk.  We will be seeking to ensure that our times of worship are times of real excitement where God is glorified and we share with each other how He is working in our lives.  More times of all-age worship will be an important part of this.

Mission should be central to our individual and church lives.  But often it can get overlooked as we become absorbed with our own and our collective activities.  As the year goes on we will be looking to bring a more explicit focus to ensuring that the love of God flows out into the community through our mission and service

Session is excited about what God is doing here at Knox. We have session members championing the purposes and we are really encouraged by the willingness of people to join teams in critical areas such as prayer. . We hope you join us on this journey and would love to hear your thoughts on how we can develop these areas of our ministry and church life.