God’s blessing is upon those who fully enter the pain of life and who hope beyond it.
God’s church is to be a place of cleansing and healing and preparation for mission.
God’s love unconditionally seeks all people.
In baptism we follow Jesus in being “ordained” and empowered for mission.
God uses the experiences of our lives to confront us with our own imperfections and, once so confronted, we are responsible for our growth and change in that area.
Our lives give glory to God, through our stories and experiences.
God calls and equips us to carry on the mission of Jesus regardless of the response.
God affirms fullness of life over religion.
In baptism, the Holy Spirit is ordaining us for mission.
God will entrust us with more when we have proved trustworthy with what we have been given.
A healthy devotional relationship with God is required if we are to sustain our discipleship in the world.
God’s grace is extravagant and should inspire celebration (but often inspires grudging).
There are all sorts of right-sounding ways we avoid being neighbours and to encourage service of neighbours.
Jesus helps us to identify the oppressed and brokenhearted and to see how we can become agents of renewal and restoration.
God is passionately in love with us and longing to give us every good thing if we will respond to his love.
Jesus shows us the link between personal conversion and social action and transformation.
There is an illuminating contrast between the response of the pagan magi and the response of the biblical scholars, and between the kingship of Jesus and the kingship of Herod.
Christ has identified himself with the poor and needy and we will be judged on how we respond to his need.