It all starts with God….
We belong to God. He has brought us together in Christ, and told us what kind of church he wants us to be. In response we serve him as best we can.
God is gathering people to live with Jesus as Saviour and Lord. Through his word and Spirit, God draws people to trust and obey Jesus, and so builds his church. This is God’s great plan for our time (Luke 24:46-47, Acts 2:22-41, Ephesians 1:9-10).
We long to see all people know Christ, honour Christ and share Christ. In line with God’s plan, we long to see ourselves and all people living with Jesus as Saviour and Lord. This is our ‘vision’. (Philippians 3:7-11, Colossians 2:6-12 & 3:1-4:6).
We pray and proclaim Christ to people. Motivated by love for God and people, we proclaim Christ, and pray that the Holy Spirit would transform lives. This is our ‘mission’. We pray and proclaim Christ to three groups of people – each other, those around us and those beyond us in ‘the nations’ (Matthew 28:18-20, Colossians 1:28-29).
These things matter to us…
We exist not for ourselves, but for God and for his glory. We long for his name to be hallowed, for his kingdom to come, and for his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Colossians 3:17, Matthew 6:9-10)
The focus of our faith is Jesus Christ. He is our Saviour and Lord who died for our sin, rose to give us life, now rules the world and will return to judge. This is the message we proclaim, our source of hope and joy, and the pattern for how we want to live. (Colossians 1:15-29, Ephesians 2:1-10, Philippians 2:5-11 & 3:7-11)
We enjoy and rely upon God the Holy Spirit, who lives and works in us. We look to Him to enlighten us, to transform us, and to empower us to live Christian lives. (John 14-16, Acts 2:36-39, Ephesians 3:14-19)
Each person is precious, made in the image of God and loved by him. We recognise that we have all sinned, and can only be saved by God’s grace, through faith in Jesus. People and relationships matter more to us than plans and activities. (Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 3:21-26, 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1)
The Bible is God’s written word, by which Jesus builds the church. We are committed to private and public reading, preaching, and teaching of the Bible. We submit to its authority in all matters of life and doctrine, and seek to respond with humble faith and obedience. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Through Jesus, we have the privilege and responsibility of prayer. In prayer we offer praise, confess our sins, give thanks and make requests to our Father in heaven. We seek to rely on him for all things. (Luke 11:2-4, Colossians 4:2, Philippians 4:6)
Jesus commanded us to love God and love one another. We seek to build genuine relationships of love expressed in personal and practical care, faithfulness and forgiveness. (John 13:34-35, 1 Corinthians 13, Ephesians 5:1-2, 1 John 4:7-21)
God calls us to reflect his holy character. We want to live consistent Christian lives, pleasing God in all we do, growing more like Jesus and bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit. (1 Peter 1:13-16, Romans 12:1-2, Galatians 5:16-25, Titus 2:11-14)
God gathers us together as a family of believers. We meet regularly to express our unity, to engage with God, and to spur one another onwards in Christian living. We enjoy community life, seek to share each other’s joys and struggles, and work together in the cause of Christ. (Hebrews 10:25-26, Philippians 1:3-8)
God has given every Christian a vital part to play in the church. We encourage each other to use the gifts and resources God has provided to serve Christ and his church, and to do good to all people. (1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Ephesians 4:1-16)
Jesus commissioned us to make disciples of all nations. In love we seek to present Christ to those around us, and to promote the spread of the gospel in all the world. (Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1, Romans 10:14-16)
Under God, we pray, plan and work hard to see more people turn to Christ and be established in his church. (Matthew 9:35-38, Acts 2:47)