We’re an eclectic mix of cultures and backgrounds. Yet we’re united by our common faith in Jesus Christ.
Many of us are expats–living and working far from our place of birth. We all share a common language: English. In spite of our varied origins, we believe that the local church is the place where we can best grow in our common identity as Christ-followers. While there are unique challenges to living as foreigners in our adopted home of Italy, our Sovereign Lord has placed us here strategically to be salt and light in a spiritually dark place.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” –Matthew 5:14-16
God’s Word, the Bible, is the supreme authority–spiritually and practically–for every believer.
It is our desire to put into practice the teachings of the Bible in our daily lives. In the pages of His Word, we find wisdom regarding how to live in the world but not of it. We learn about how to handle ourselves and guide our families in a healthy way. Above all, God’s Word fleshes out practically His grace revealed to us in Jesus Christ.
But He answered and said, “It is written,`Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” –Matthew 4:4
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” –2 Timothy 3:16-17
We need to journey together to experience the fullness of life in Christ that God intended.
As Christ-followers, we need each others’ help. It is not easy to live according to biblical values in this broken world. As the Body of Christ, together we can share life’s joys and struggles. We learn from each other and appreciate all the more the strength and community we find as the Body of Christ united in His grace.
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 2:3-5