At Ardsley Bible Chapel we aspire to a body life characterized by:

  • Showing Christ's love to one another, thus demonstrating to the world that we are his disciples (Jn. 13:35)

  • Maintaining the unity that God has given us through his Spirit (Eph. 4:3)

  • Bearing one another's burdens, and thus fulfilling the law of Christ, while at the same time recognizing our personal responsibility to bear the burdens God has given to each of us individually (Gal. 6:2, 5)

  • In humility considering one another as more important than ourselves (Phil. 2:3)

  • Recognizing one another's gifts, and seeking to encourage one another in the use of those gifts (1 Cor. 12:12)

  • Each member of the body doing the work that Christ has given to him or her to do, thus contributing to the buildup of the body as a whole in love (Eph. 4:16)

  • Praying for one another (James 5:16)

  • Maintaining the purity of the body for the sake of Christ (1 Cor. 5:6)

  • Speaking the truth in love, and thus maturing together under the headship of Christ (Eph. 4:15)

In reaching toward these goals we desire to:

  • Maintain an environment in which issues that are important to any member of the body can be discussed honestly and openly

  • Encourage mutual accountability among the members of the body, as well as sensitivity to needs

  • Offer both formal and informal gatherings that make positive contributions to our body life, including not only our regular weekly meetings but also a range of ad hoc gatherings that provide opportunities for fellowship and other positive interaction

  • Encourage and model the practice of the virtue of hospitality

  • Encourage significant interaction within the body that reaches to all members of the body

In sum, our vision for our body life is one in which our interactions are spiritually productive, meet real needs and have a maturing effect, causing us to grow up together in Christ.