the peoples of East Oxford, Oxford and the world
God's great purpose is to bless people from all nations with an eternal relationship with him. He promised to Abraham that he would do this (Genesis 22:17-18). He affirmed this through the prophets (Isaiah 66:18) and brought it to reality in his global church (Galatians 3:8-9). Jesus died on the cross for people from all nations (Galatians 3:13-14, Ephesians 2:11-17) and rose from the dead to assure us that nothing can separate us from God's love (Romans 8:37-39, 1 Corinthians 15). Our final joy will be to enjoy God eternally as resurrected people from all nations in his new creation (Revelation 21:3-4).
Our part in that great plan is bless people from every different background with whom we have contact. East Oxford is a diverse population with many people from different social and ethnic backgrounds. Some of these are here for only a short period and will move to different parts of this country or the world. We consider this to be a great opportunity and responsibility. We therefore aim to make our life together attractive and accessible for as wide a variety of people as possible. We aim to care for and disciple Christians from all backgrounds, and to find ways of communicating to those who do not know Christ, so that "by all means we may save some." (1 Corinthians 9:22).
In addition we aim through natural contacts, and by supporting some individuals, to be involved in reaching out to as many parts of the world as possible.