What We Believe
Building Kingdom Communities that transform lives and impact our world with the Gospel of Jesus.
We believe that it’s God’s plan and purpose to build us into an open and loving faith community of devoted followers of Jesus, that reflects the Hope , Help and Healing of the Kingdom… a community where Christ is the Head, the Holy Spirit is an active presence and the gospel is proclaimed in word, sign and deed, as expressed in Jesus’ mandate for the kingdom in Luke 4:18-19.
It’s our desire to be a community that genuinely reflects Kingdom core values of...
Loving God... Loving His Word
We see worship as a whole of life experience so we desire to be a people of prayer & the Word, studying, applying & teaching it’s relevance to today, to build a life-giving & serving church.
(Matt 22:36, Rom 12:1-2; 1 Thess 5:17; Eph 6:18; Jn 8:32; 2Tim 3:16-7; Jn 17:17, Ps 119:9-11,105)
Mission Hearted… Kingdom Minded
We are committed to sharing the Good News of Jesus by word, sign & deed whenever & wherever God gives us opportunity ‘down the street and around the world’.
(Acts 1:8; Matt 9:36-38; Matt 28:19-20; 1Pet 2:4-12; Matt 6:33; Matt 5:3-12; 1 Thess 2:4; Matt 18:15-18)
Becoming Like Jesus… Led by the Spirit
We are each called to grow to become more like Jesus & to live as his witnesses in our world. This transformation can only come from walking daily in His strength, showing His Fruit & using His Gifts.
(Phil 2:5; Rom 12:1-11; Eph 4:15-16; Mk 10:45; Gal 5:22-25; Rom 8:14; 1Cor 12; Eph 5:15-21)
Living God’s Love… Living out His Justice
We are committed to developing & maintaining loving relationships that are real as we seek to reflect God’s heart of compassion & justice into the brokenness of our world.
(Acts 2:42-47; Lk 4:17-18; Jn 17; Matt 18; Rom 15:5-7; 1Jn 3:16-8; Jer 9:24; Micah 6:8; Matt 5:3-16, 25:31-46; Jam 1:27)
In Serving & Leading… Always bringing our best
We believe that we honour God by giving Him our absolute best in worship, service & leadership as we support, pray for and encourage one another - especially those who lead & serve in our ministries.
(Matt 22:37-39; 2 Cor 2:14-16; Col 3:23-24; 1Tim 5:17; 1Peter 2:13-17 Eph 4:15-16)
Why should we be baptised?
- The example of Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17).
- The command of Jesus (Matthew 28:19).
- The command of the apostles (Acts 2:38).
- The example of the early church (Acts 2:41, Acts 8:36-39, Acts 9:18, Acts 10:47 etc).
The word 'baptise' means to immerse, to dip, to plunge. When something is baptised it is pushed under the water before emerging again.
For the Jews, baptism was a ritual washing. As the followers of Jesus embraced baptism, they endowed it with new meaning, and it became appreciated as a symbolic act – an outward expression of the inner change- of a life that had been lived apart from God, being made new. (Acts 22:16)
Baptism became a symbol of union with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection which is integral to Paul's argument in Romans 6.
Being immersed symbolizes the surrender of one’s old way of life and living. Put to death in Jesus’ death, our sins are forgiven. Emerging from the water symbolizes the entrance into new life, won through Jesus’ resurrection from the grave. As he rose, so too are we raised to a new way of life in union with him. This embodies the Gospel message.
Who should be baptised?
The New Testament calls for people to believe in Jesus, first, and then be baptized. (Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:32) As such, we believe that anyone who can profess faith in Jesus for themselves should be baptised.
What does baptism do?
It is important to realise that there is nothing magical about baptism. It is a rich symbol, of the inner change that has already taken place the moment someone confesses Jesus as Lord and Saviour (Rom 10:9)
In Baptism, we declare to God, the church, our family and friends, that we belong to Jesus; that we have decided to follow him; putting our old life behind us, as we move forwards in a new life in his power.
If You are interested in Baptism, please contact one of our Pastoral team