Our Values

We believe that Church is not about religion but about relationship.

What we mean by that is that we often think in terms of religion being performance based, i.e. if I live in a certain way, then I will be accepted. Apart from the obvious hazard that this kind of thinking can lead to all sorts of fear based control of other people, it is not really the heart of the Bible’s message.

In other words, we believe that God has done what is necessary to make it possible for us to be accepted and to be in a relationship with him.

We don’t believe that we can ever earn this but that it is a gift to us that is founded on the death of Jesus Christ in our place. As soon as we put emphasis on our own efforts we find that we either start to kid ourselves that we are doing ok and begin thinking we are better than other people (which we are not), or we just get fed up and give up trying altogether. When we realise that God has made it possible for us to be accepted by doing something for us that we could never do for ourselves, it is both humbling and liberating at the same time and we find it actually inspires us to live differently, not because we have to but because we want to.

Sometimes we find that people who have rejected religion are surprised that the Bible does not propagate religion, but rather invites us to enjoy a relationship with God.

We believe this is why the Bible calls what God has done good news. We believe it really is good news that our Creator God invites us to trust him for forgiveness and for the strength we need to live with him at the centre of our lives.

We could summarise our values as follows:

1) WE ARE COMMITTED TO THE BIBLE AS THE WORD OF GOD
Two of Jesus' most significant apostles (men who were personally trained and taught by Jesus) wrote the following: "All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness."
Paul in 2 Timothy 3:16 "No prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."
Peter in 2 Peter 1:20-21

2) WE ARE COMMITTED TO JESUS CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOUR
Martha, one of Jesus’ first disciples, said to Jesus,
"Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world."
John 11:27 'Doubting' Thomas stopped doubting! He acknowledged Jesus: "My Lord and my God!"
John 20:28

3) WE ARE COMMITTED TO EACH OTHER: IN PRAYER
"Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us ..."
Colossians 4:2-4 "I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy."
Philippians 1:3-4 IN FRIENDSHIP, "Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
Hebrews 10:24-25 "Love one another earnestly from a pure heart."
1 Peter 1:22 IN PRACTICAL SERVICE, "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another."
1 Peter 4:10 "There are varieties of service but the same Lord."
1 Corinthians 12:5 IN GIVING, "Each of you is to put something aside (in keeping with his income)."
1 Corinthians 16:2 "The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully."
2 Corinthians 9:6

4) WE ARE COMMITTED TO SHARE WHAT WE BELIEVE WITH OTHERS
Jesus' final command to his followers was this:
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." Matthew 28:18-20