Our Western, individualist brand of Christianity has left our local and worldwide mission with minimal influence on personal and community transformation. Around the world, duplication of effort, division, and lack of coordination seems to be a huge roadblock to advancing the gospel of God’s Kingdom. Vision Aloha, seeks to live and walk Together In Christ in response to the prayer of Jesus in John 17 and in obedience to God’s great commandment and commission.
Throughout the Bible we see God’s design is that we are made in His image and based on Christ’s transforming work in us, we are to live our lives in restored, open, trusting relationships that should allow us to live, work and serve Jesus Christ together.
Outside the church world, symphony orchestras, sports teams, contractors and businesses, understand that very different people and skills have to work together to produce outstanding results. It seems that this is not always true in western Christianity.
Vision Aloha is an alliance of community and church leaders seeking to answer the prayer of Jesus in John 17, “that we would be one, so the world may believe.”
As we grow together as one body, made up of many parts, serving as one church, made up of many congregations we live out true Godly Aloha.
Functioning as inter-dependent parts of the greater whole, living out the life of Jesus with each other and within our communities. Our city wide unity, speaks powerfully to people seeking for the way, the truth, and the life found in Christ Jesus.
“Under God’s direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love”. Ephesians 4:16 NLT
What is ALOHA?
In the Hawaiian language the word ALOHA means affection, peace, compassion and mercy. It has come to be used as an English greeting to say “hello” and “goodbye”
The literal meaning of ALOHA is “the presence of breath” or “the breath of life”
It comes from “Alo” meaning presence, front and face and “ha”, meaning “breath” of life or “essence of life”
Aloha is a way of living and treating each other with love and respect.
This is at the center of what the Christian life should be, God our Heavenly Father has made his presence known through His son Jesus Christ, so we may make His presence known, face to face, living out the love and life of Jesus with each other and our communities.