Our Church’s Mission
As a church we believe we are called to take part in the ‘Misseo Dei’ or God’s Mission in the world. In fact we have a Mission statement about we how we go about doing that:
- To provide welcoming, excellent and varied worship opportunities, which are valued and valuable no matter what their style.
- To discover and implement a variety of ways of supporting ‘community’ in the parish.
- To give what God is doing for us to others by finding ways of being a resource for other churches including in training days and mission teams.
There are certain beliefs we hold that are central to understanding what we’re about as a Church and here are just a few of the main ones:
What We Believe
The bulk of what we believe we hold in common with the Christian church around the world and throughout the ages. Creeds were adopted by the worldwide church centuries ago and summarize the most important tenets of our faith namely the Nicene Creed and the Apostles Creed.
In particular we believe the following:
God is the ultimate creator of the universe and has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These are often referred to as the Three persons of the Trinity. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2; 1 Corinthians 13:14)
All of mankind is made in the image of God but despite a tremendous potential for good, it is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates man from God and means that the relationship between the two is not as God intended it to be. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with him is eternal life. (John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46)
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God who lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will one day return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13)
Salvation is a free gift from God to all who will accept it. People can never make up their broken relationship with God through self-improvement or good works – only by trusting in Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection. Salvation is brought about by receiving Jesus Christ into one’s life by faith. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
About The Holy Spirit and Living as a Christian
The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He equips the Christian with power for living, with understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. It is not easy living as a Christian so we rely on Him to help us.(2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1)
About The Bible
We believe that The Bible is God’s Word which, although written by human authors, was done so under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and a blue print for living the Christian life. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)