And yet for believers every normal activity is a part of kingdom warfare. For the kingdom of God is nothing other than the proper ordering of all our activities within the framework of obedient love of God and compassionate love of neighbors.
-- Richard Lovelace, Renewal As A Way Of Life
Our church exists to help people become family and follow Jesus. This is how we articulate a biblical spirituality - and here is a picture of what it looks like to follow Him:
...the goal of authentic spirituality is a life which escapes from the closed circle of spiritual self-indulgence, or even self-improvement, to become absorbed in the love of God and other persons. For the essence of spiritual renewal is the love of God...his love also sweeps us away from self-preoccupation into a delight in his unlimited beauty and transcendent glory.
Love is a far more reliable measure of spirituality than our gifts or works or theological acuity.
- Richard Lovelace, Renewal As A Way of Life
Our spirituality is personal but not private; Jesus' work in us is shaped by and has implications for the community around us known as the church.
Individual renewal is indissolubly connected to the renewal of the whole church. We cannot attain the fullness of the Spirit without being turned inside out so that our central focus is no longer our own growth, but the glory of God and the growth of Christ's kingdom.
- Richard Lovelace, Renewal As A Way Of Life