We believe that God has given our church and us as individuals a purpose in life. This purpose is revealed in the Bible and is summarised by five headings:
We believe that God calls us to make Him known in the world by sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Broadly speaking this sharing happens in two ways: evangelism and social action. The first shares the Good News using words, the second using actions.
But my life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about God’s wonderful kindness and love.’ (John 17:18 NLT)
We believe that God calls us to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Following Christ means increasing our knowledge about him and then changing our lives in order to become more like him.
‘Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught.’ (Colossians 2:7 NLT)
We believe that God calls us to be in relationship with one another. Christians are not meant to be alone. This meeting together happens on both the larger scale (e.g. Sunday morning) and smaller scale (e.g. mid week Small Groups). Part of our purpose in fellowship is to care for one another.
‘And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others’ (Romans 12:5 NLT)
We believe that God calls us to worship Him. Worship involves bringing pleasure to God. It is not just about Sunday mornings, but gives our whole life a focus.
‘For you created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created.’ (Revelation 4:11 NLT)
We believe that God calls us to service. Jesus Christ set us the example of serving the needs of those around us. In serving God, we serve each other.
‘For you have been called to live in freedom—not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love.’ (Galatians 5:13 NLT)