We are called by God to worship Him, and to seek opportunities to introduce the people of our community and the people of our world to Jesus Christ, to bring them into a personal relationship with Him and assist them to grow towards spiritual maturity.
It’s all about God.
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” – John 3:16 (NLT)
Every religion on earth operates from this place: “I obey, therefore I am accepted”. Religion is about doing.
The gospel makes Christianity different from every other world religion and worldview. The gospel says: “I am accepted, therefore I obey”
The gospel says that in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, everything has been done to make us right with God in Jesus and we are called to trust in that.
We trust that in our faith in Jesus:
- We are accepted by God
- We are given a new identity in Christ
- We are sustained to do what God has called us to do through his grace (undeserved kindness).
It reveals to us about the God we follow.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make is realise what is wrong in our lives. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Many people say that they feel close to God when they get amongst nature. From listening to the roar of the ocean to staring up at the beauty of a night sky…these things can help us feel small and like the universe we live in has been intimately and intricately designed.
Whilst nature can point us to the reality of a creator, it is through the written Word of God, known as the Bible that we can see and know what God is like and his heart and plans for humanity and all creation.
The Bible is primarily a book about who God is and what he is like.
We are all lifelong apprentices of Jesus.
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” – Matthew 28:19
Being a disciple means that you are a follower. Everyone follows something and, as Christians, we are called to be lifelong apprentices of Jesus. We spend time reading about Jesus and in conversation with him so that we can become more and more like in him in every area of our lives.
The result of this is that we long for others to become disciples as well. We want to see people line up their lives to be in line with the example of Jesus. We do life with them and enter into the mess of another persons world to lovingly see them grow into their God given potential.
Through the real-world, hands-on teaching, personal ministry, private exercises, God-given relationships and decisive circumstances, we can be shaped into the likeness of Jesus more and more.
No one is an island.
“All the believers were united in heart and mind…” – Acts 4:32a
In a time of unprecedented connection, people can feel isolated and alone like never before. There is a deep ache in our souls for connection and community.
We were created, not just for relationship with our Creator but with one another as well. We believe that people are called to belong to one another and that by living out what the Bible calls community, we display God’s wisdom to the world around us.
Blessed to be a blessing.
Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you” – John 20:21
God the Father sent the Son, the Son sends the Spirit and we are a people who are sent into the world who are to promote and proclaim the gospel. We are to actively engage in our communities to see people rescued by the gospel.
The mission of Jesus to seek and save the lost is our mission as well. We desire for all people to encounter Jesus
Apart from God, we can do nothing.
“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.” – Colossians 4:2
It is all about God. The only way we can be made right with God is through the way he provided in placing our trust in Jesus. We finish by acknowledging our dependence on this God through prayer.
In prayer, we have the ability to converse with God. Both as individuals and as a church, we are to communicate with God.