We believe that the gospel is not just the door into God’s kingdom but the path on which we walk every day with Him. It is God’s power (Rom 1:16) continuously being cultivated and produced (Col 1:6) in us, making us more like Jesus. We desire to be centered on the gospel so that everything we do – career, marriage, parenting, friendships, worship, preaching – is continuously being transformed by its beauty. The gospel humbles us, unites us, and breaks down the walls around us as we seek the wellbeing of the city and its people (Jer 29:7).
Rom 1:16 : I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile
Col 1:6 : …All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth
Jer 29:7 : Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
Experiencing God’s grace and forgiveness, enables us to love others genuinely (Rom 12:9-13) and sincerely (1 Cor 13:4-7). We hope that our authenticity is evident in our openness and honesty of our own flaws and brokenness, in the humility and respect we exercise in our faith in Jesus and toward those who hold other beliefs, and in treating each other equally while celebrating diversity.
Rom 12:9-13 : Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
1 Cor 13:4-7 : Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Delhi is unloved and is an orphan city(i). In a city where people experience insecurity, alienation, identity drivenness, rage, anxiety, and loneliness we desire to be a community that bonds like a family, enthusiastically welcomes new comers, accepts those who are different, and is hospitable, generous, and friendly. We hope that this community will be your home, your family, your own (Eph 2:19-22)
(i) William Dalrymple, http://www.millenniumpost.in/amp/delhi-is-an-orphan-city-8681
(Eph 2:19) Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household.
Delhi is a city made in God’s image that He loves. Our city’s beauty is evident in its history, culture, and amazing people. But we are also aware of its brokenness. We long to see our city become the city beautiful (Psalm 48:2), having justice and showing mercy to all. We desire to engage the city by serving it, cherish the city by loving it, and be agents of positive change by transforming it.
Psalm 48:2 : It is beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth. Like the utmost heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion, the city of the Great King