Liberti Online: Our New (Temporary) Normal
Welcome to Liberti Online. In response to the current COVID-19 virus, we have put together an online resource for our church to participate in Sunday worship as we gather in our Gospel Communities across the Gold Coast. While we don’t know how long this will be our new rhythm, we do know it will only be temporary, as we look to return to our usual Sunday gatherings at some time in the near future. Each Sunday, we will be sending out a video link that contains acoustic worship and a message from one of our pastors. We will sing together, come under God’s Word together, share a meal together, and worship in homes just like God’s people have done across the last two millennia.
Are you homebound or in self-isolation, and in need of necessities? Are you in need of some emergency meals to help get your family through the week? Do you need help with lawn-work? Transport? House maintenance? We have people in our church who want to help. Need someone to pray with you? We have a dedicated team from across our Liberti family of churches who are ready to pray for you, or with you over the phone.
We are a church that is passionately committed to the centrality of Jesus, in every part of our lives. The truth of the gospel is really good news and is the message through which Jesus has promised to liberate and transform people’s hearts. The Bible is a wonderful gift for us, but it is not about us. It is all about Jesus, and therefore, so are we.
Because Jesus has set us free, we have a joy that no circumstance can steal from us. Joy is the flavour of biblical Christianity, which is why the Apostle Paul exclaims, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4) Our preaching, our singing, our praying, our speaking, our gathering, and our giving are all acts of joy-filled worship. As Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, “What conquered the ancient world was this joy, this gladness, this verve, this indestructible quality in the life of these people, and this is the greatest need in the world today.”
The gospel message, leads us into a gospel-culture. Jesus said, “Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another” (John 13:34). Therefore while real Christianity is deeply personal, it is never individual. Jesus makes us family. As we gather in smaller communities around our city mid-week (we called these Gospel Communities, or GC’s), we experience the gospel in ways we can’t on our own. It is in these communities we care for one another, wrestle with the truths of the Bible, pray for one another, enjoy meals together, and grow in Christ
As C.S Lewis once said, “Our delight is incomplete until it is expressed.” God has woven our joy into His mission. We believe that every saved Christian is a sent one, and so mission is not an extra-curricular activity to us, but a lens we see all of our lives through as we seek to introduce our city to Jesus.