word, service and community
We believe that true Christian ministry to one another and to the world has three dimensions:
We are called to speak the truth about God to one another and to those who do not know him. In this way we will grow up as believers (Ephesians 4:14-16) and people will hear the good news about Jesus.
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (Romans 10:14)
In our life together we believe that the word of God must be absolutely central, in what is preached, in our words to one another, and, as we have opportunity, in what we say to those who do not know Christ.
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. (1 Peter 3:15)
However, on their own, words are cheap. We believe that practical action must accompany our words. We are aiming to help one another to serve for the glory of Jesus. Most of the time we will do that as individuals in the workplace, in our families, and elsewhere. Sometimes we will serve together either for the benefit of the church, or serving our world together. In this way we hope to bring glory to Jesus.
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men. (Ephesians 6:7)
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. (1 Peter 2:12)
We were not meant to live the Christian life alone. Jesus called us to live together in communities of love. In this way we can be encouraged and supported, and in this way we will display the glory of Jesus.
By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:35)
Our church community is therefore vital. We don't expect everyone to know everyone else, but we do want everyone to pursue relationships of love which stretch beyond natural friendship groups. Home groups are the centre-piece in this, but in addition, much of our church life is aimed at broadening and deepening our love and commitment to one another.
We are committed to fostering all three of these dimensions of our life in order that we can better live the lives to which God calls us.