Ten Things that are Important to us about Church
Jesus Christ is Lord
Jesus Christ is Lord of the church and we desire to let that be seen in all that we do and say as a church family.
Ephesians 1:22 - 23 'And God has placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.'
Colossians 1:18 'And he is the head of the body, the church.'
Bible Centred Teaching
Bible is God's Word and therefore we will endeavour to teach it with authority and integrity in order to encourage living faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
2Timothy 3:14 -16 'But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.'
Godly Servant Leadership
We are committed to the biblical truth that leadership does not equal 'lordship' but rather 'servant-hood'. Our leaders therefore, will seek to fulfil their responsibilities characterised by humility and availability.
Mark 10:43 - 45 'Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.'
1Peter 5:2 - 4 'Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers- not because you must but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.'
We are committed to the importance of personal and community prayer in the planning and practice of all the work of the church.
Matthew 7:7 - 8 'Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks the door will be opened.'
Philippians 4:6 - 7 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.'
God gave his best (his Son, Jesus) for us and therefore we desire to honour him by giving our best to him in worship, through music, in prayer, in attention to his Word, with our finances and with our talents.
Romans 12:1 'Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship.'
Colossians 3:23 - 24 'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.'
We value the contribution of everyone in the church family in the overall life of the church, believing that each individual person has been uniquely designed and equipped by the Lord, and have therefore an important role to play.
1Corinthians 12:27 'Now you are the body of Christ and each one of you is a part of it.'
Ephesians 4:11 -12 'It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.'
1Peter 4:10 'Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully ministering God's grace in its various forms.'
God so loved the world of people that he was willing to send his Son Jesus to be their Saviour. We therefore will seek to welcome all in the name of the Lord Jesus; church family and friends, as well as guests and visitors, whoever they are, and from wherever they come.
Matthew 26:40 'I tell you the truth whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
Luke 15:1 - 2 'Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering round to hear him. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."'
Romans 13:10 'Love does no harm to its neighbour.'
Hebrews 10:25 'And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.'
Loving and Caring Relationships
We are committed to demonstrating practical love in all our relationships. Acceptance, grace, and mercy are vital if we are to truly follow Jesus.
Matthew 22:37 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself.'
John 13:34-35 'A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another:'
Colossians 3:12 -14 'Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved , clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.'
The Great Commission that the Lord Jesus gave to the church challenges us to share the good news of who Jesus is and what he has done with our world both near and far. Thus we will use every available, Christ honouring method, so that with God's help, we may communicate the gospel message to others.
Matthew 28:19 - 20 'Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.'
1Peter 3:12 'But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.'
As a church we recognise that we are living in the twenty first century and our desire is to communicate at all times in an understandable, helpful, contemporary manner.
1Corinthians 9:22 - 23 'To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.'