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reasons for our church
to celebrate God

  1. I celebrate God because our church is the result of His merciful choice that saved and redeemed sinners who were outside the covenant to lead them into the realm of His wonderful light.
  2. I celebrate God because our church is committed not only to God, but also to the community that He willed, established and gathered together thanks to the effective work of the Holy Spirit.
  3. I celebrate God because our church is proud to be part of a history that at all times has been blessed with witnesses and martyrs and that, through experiencing Revivals, the Reformation and the Apostolic times, can consider itself to be a part of the children of Abraham.
  4. I celebrate God because our church is situated in a street dedicated to Pietro Martire Vermigli (1499-1562) and is therefore committed to giving value to all those men and women who, over the course of time, have dedicated their lives to the greater glory of God.
  5. I celebrate God because every year our church organizes and celebrates a “Sunday of Remembrance”, an institutional appointment of the Italian Evangelical Alliance to remember all the men and women who, in the past, suffered as witnesses and martyrs for the faith.
  6. I celebrate God because our church tries to face present history by rethinking all its experiences before Him within the community and also interacting with what happens daily in the world instead of ignoring or discarding it.
  7. I celebrate God because our church tries to focus its life and its choices on God, whether this involves worship, study, devotion, spreading the gospel or testifying.
  8. I celebrate God because our church is marked by the fear of God, a sense of His majesty and a feeling of urgency to seek Him and depend on Him.
  9. I celebrate God because our church gathers in premises the structure of which reflects a world vision in which the preaching of the Word of God is central and everything else depends on it.
  10. I celebrate God because our church attaches great importance to the faithful preaching of the Word of God and is committed not only to promoting it, but also to perpetuating it and applying it.
  11. I celebrate God because our church practices the ordinances of the Lord, baptism and the Lord’s supper, as signs expressing the work of the Holy Spirit. It follows that the presence of grace is the cause and the rite the effect.
  12. I celebrate God because our church performs baptism by immersion as a testimony and an act of faith and commitment and the Lord’s supper as an expression of remembrance, obedience and hope for all those who have been saved.
  13. I celebrate God because our church is also committed to giving and every believer contributes freely, liberally and joyfully.
  14. I celebrate God because our church offers its worship in accordance with the simplicity of the priesthood of all believers so that each of us can express ourselves in spirit and truth.
  15. I celebrate God because our church encourages everybody’s participation by exercising our gifts according to the potential granted by God Himself in the various ministries for the common good, so that all may be edified and God honoured.
  16. I celebrate God because our church lives its life in a spirit of accountability, so that it is quite natural for the believer to inform the church when absent from any of the various activities.
  17. I celebrate God because our church feels solidarity in prayer and in communion when a member suffers or rejoices.
  18. I celebrate God because our church lifts up heartfelt songs to God highlighting the content of the song and strengthening the truth learnt from the Word of God.
  19. I celebrate God because our church combines traditional songs and modern songs, both when praising and when performing other activities.
  20. I celebrate God because our church is committed to living all the different church activities together, not neglecting to take into account the different age groups.
  21. I celebrate God because our church shows a real expectation for the preached Word of God and is committed to extending its effects on daily life.
  22. I celebrate God because our church is committed to cultivating a true devotion through a life of prayer that manifests itself in mutual support as well as participation in the life of the various prayer groups.
  23. I celebrate God because our church is a place of edification, encouragement and training in a world that tends rather to discriminate, judge, debase and destroy.
  24. I celebrate God because our church seeks to establish relationships with one another in a simple and meaningful way, each of us being aware of having been called by God Himself and so being eager to open our homes to this fellowship.
  25. I celebrate God because our church seeks friendly relationships that can foster growth as individuals and as God’s people.
  26. I celebrate God because our church is not only committed to an interior and spiritual world, but also to the kingdom of God in its broadest sense, so that the goal goes beyond the single church and aims at a broader mandate.
  27. I celebrate God because our church encourages everybody’s multi-vocational growth regardless of a predefined hierarchy of priority but bringing every commitment before God Himself.
  28. I celebrate God because our church believes that there is no aspect of life, be it social, cultural, political, economic, educational, vocational, artistic or entertaining, that evades God’s law.
  29. I celebrate God because our church is conscious of being engaged in a spiritual fight against principalities and powers, but is also aware that Jesus Christ has every power in heaven and on earth.
  30. I celebrate God because our church teaches freedom from idols such as superstition, liberalism, legalism, moralism and formalism and encourages rather what is real in Him.
  31. I celebrate God because our church is a place of social inclusion in which the diversity of social class, cultural education, age, nationality and races are a manifestation of the variety of the people of God and are not elements of discrimination.
  32. I celebrate God because our church is a place of cultural promotion for which the study of Scripture contributes to making each of us feel a part of an extraordinarily rich and meaningful design.
  33. I celebrate God because our church is not only committed to fulfilling God’s mandate in its entirety, but is waiting “for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God”.
  34. I celebrate God because our church is made up of men and women committed to serving without seeking their own interests.
  35. I celebrate God because our church includes families who wish to attend all the different activities as families even though this may require challenging choices on account of the different age groups involved.
  36. I celebrate God because our church shuns any confessional provincialism and, subject to doctrinal agreement, is committed to seeking opportunities for fellowship with all believers to embrace the love of God.
  37. I celebrate God because every believer in our church is committed to pursuing God’s will in their lives and to seeking the advice and counsel of existing ministries.
  38. I celebrate God because our church carries out various activities as a community: worship, Bible study, prayer, evangelization, assistance, but it encourages every believer individually to read the Scripture, pray, spread the gospel and to offer support.
  39. I celebrate God because our church does not think it has attained perfection and persists in intercessory prayer so that the pastors and the deacons as well as everybody else may grow in the knowledge of God and uphold the Word of life.
  40. I celebrate God because our church embraces a multiplicity of nationalities that anticipates the great rejoicing assembly that will stand one day in the presence of God Himself.