Fusion Value: relational
Jesus put our purpose in life very simply:
“Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence; …love others as well as you love yourself” (Matthew 22:37, 39 The Message)
What he expects today of us is no different. We are called to a personal friendship with Father, Son and Spirit – not just words describing Christianity but the way we are to live.
We need to be in healthy relationships with other Christians. This is not the same as just going to church or attending a small group meeting – it is more about his love in us allowing the ministry of Jesus to flow between us.
We must be friendly with people not yet Christians so that as Christ lives through us they might come to experience God for themselves.
All this comes about as we truly understand what we have in Christ through the Holy Spirit, namely freedom:
- To live in the love of God the father – responding freely to Him as He leads
- To walk free from guilt or condemnation – becoming “saint-like” is a life-long process that happens as I walk in relationship with Jesus, not out of guilt or fear.
- To present the real me - To feel what I feel; to ask what I need to ask, to be wrong where I am wrong, and to extend that same freedom to others.
- To love others in God’s family freely - serving them the way Jesus guides you and not trying to conform to their expectations of what a “good Christian” should do for them
- To live free of bitterness and hurt - I am not yet perfect so I can be generous to others in their weakness.
For those of us with a passion for student ministry being relational means that we firstly want to work with you because we love the same heavenly father – it’s about a family purpose!
Father God has a desire that “none should perish, but that all should have eternal life” – it wasn’t some good idea concocted in heaven, it was a focus that resulted in the Son of God dying on the cross for us.
Although many if not most of us belong to some form of church group, stream or whatever you want to call it, being relational means that we have opportunity to work across human boundaries for the sake of God’s Kingdom.
It means that regardless of how we sing worship or how long our Sunday service is, we can join hands to accomplish the task Jesus set us in the Great Commission that was to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV)
We thank God for the working relationship Fusion has with Churches and Christian Agencies making it possible that the resources of the Kingdom are used effectively and efficiently to bring about the evangelisation of university students.
Our challenge to local Churches and Christian students is to loveyouruni. We are motivating and equipping those “in relationship” with university students that are not yet Christians to befriend them, live their lives for Christ around them, and when appropriate bring them into contact with other Christians.