At Vineyard Uusimaa we want to live out our faith in practice and build a Bible-based community where people are committed to Jesus and guided by His love to invite others into unity with Him. 1 Cor. 4:20 Our mission is built on four pillars: Love God. Love people. Build character. Live in community.
- Loving God is our response to His love for us (1 John 4:19). From this understanding of the depth of God’s love for us has been born a trust in Him.
- We want to worship God and to live for Him.
- We listen to His voice daily.
- His Word and the understanding that we are members of a new covenant with Him guides us.
- We don’t live simply for experiences although we cherish God’s presence. Our faith is not based on feelings.
- Love determines our attitude to those around us. To live for God means to live for other people as well. (Phil. 2:1-5;)
- We value openness and grace in our relationships.
- We value a relaxed and gentle atmosphere in our community.
- We encourage serving in practical ways, inside and outside the Christian community.
- We encourage Kingdom living in everyday life: Jesus lives through us.
- We encourage acceptance of difference which goes beyond mere tolerance.
- We encourage character growth. By building Character we become more loving people, displaying the fruits of the Spirit of God (Gal. 5:22-23;)
- We emphasize intentional steps to growth remembering that we are all “in process”.
- We encourage speaking the truth in love knowing that this is a sign of maturity (Eph. 4:15;)
- We don’t need to fear mistakes nor conflict when we are motivated by love.
- Seeking God’s Kingdom is number one in our lives.
Live in community
- We go against the strong current of individualism in our society and encourage people to live in community.
- In community we are built up and healed.
- Our community is Jesus-centered not leader-centered.
- We encourage everyone to find their unique spiritual gifts and to use them for the building up of others, both inside and outside the church (Eph. 4:15-16; John 3:17; Matt. 25:31-46;).
- Our community doesn’t focus on “running a program” but rather we encourage each other to be outward focused, to “be the church”.