Values & Beliefs
Our church is a joy-filled community of people who exist to enjoy Jesus and make Him known, wherever we are.
We are a church that is passionately committed to making much of Jesus, in every part of our lives. We believe that gospel-centrality deeply matters in every part of our life together as a church. The truth of the gospel is really good news and is the message through which Jesus has promised to liberate and transform people’s hearts. The Bible is a wonderful gift for us, but it is not about us. It is all about Jesus, and therefore, so are we.
Because Christ has set us free, we have a joy that no circumstance can steal from us. Joy is the flavour of biblical Christianity, which is why the Apostle Paul exclaims, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4) Our joy is not grounded in what is happening around us, but in the assurance of who Jesus is for us. Our preaching, our singing, our praying, our speaking, our gathering, and our giving are all acts of joy-filled worship. As Martyn Lloyd-Jones said, “What conquered the ancient world was this joy, this gladness, this verve, this indestructible quality in the life of these people, and this is the greatest need in the world today.”
The gospel message, leads us into a gospel-culture. Jesus said, “Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another” (John 13:34). Therefore while real Christianity is deeply personal, it is never individual. Jesus makes us family. As we gather in smaller communities around our city mid-week (we called these Gospel Communities, or GC’s), we experience the gospel in ways we can’t on our own. It is in these communities we care for one another, wrestle with the truths of the Bible, pray for one another, enjoy meals together, and grow in Christ.
As C.S Lewis once said, “Our delight is incomplete until it is expressed.” God has woven our joy into His mission. We believe that every saved Christian is a sent one, and so God’s mission is not an extra-curricular activity to us, but a lens we see all of our lives through as we seek to introduce our city to Jesus. We want to live generously and hospitably, bringing good news to our city.
God: Our Father
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally divine yet distinct Persons. This is commonly known as the Holy Trinity: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God is the Ruler and Creator over all things, perfect in both his love and his holiness, and is therefore worthy of all glory and worship.
Genesis 1:1, 26, Matthew 28:19, Revelation 4:8-11
Jesus: Our Saviour
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of humanity by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death and to validate that the way of salvation is through Him alone. He ascended to heaven, where he exercises all authority and will one day return again 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, John 14:6, 1 Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13
Holy Spirit: Our Helper
The Holy Spirit is also fully God, co-equal with both the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also indwells every believer from the moment of salvation, providing the Christian with power for ministry, understanding of God’s Word, comfort through trials and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to be led by the Spirit daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13, 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, Titus 3:5, John 14:26, Galatians 5:22-23,25
The Bible: How We Know God
We believe that human beings do not have to guess or speculate about who God is or what he is like. While the Bible is for us, it is not primarily about us. Instead, the Bible is God’s Word to humanity about himself, revealing his will, nature, character, being and his saving work in the world. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments comprise the totality of Scripture and were penned without error by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, serving as our highest written authority in this world. We believe that all of Scripture ultimately points to and climaxes in Jesus, who is the Word become flesh. We are called to enjoy, study, and submit to the Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Luke 24:27, John 1:1, 14
Humanity: Beautiful and Broken
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in his image and placed them in the Garden of Eden to live out their identity as his creation in loving harmony with himself and one another. However, Adam and Eve chose to rebel against God, believing Satan’s lie that they could instead become like God. This is when sin entered the world, marring our relationship with God, one another, and ourselves. We are sinners by nature and by choice and our sin has alienated us from God, placing us rightfully under his just and holy wrath. Incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through our own efforts, our greatest need is the undeserved love of this same God, who alone can rescue us and restore us to himself.
Genesis 1:27, 3:1-7, Psalms 8:3-6, Romans 5:12,19, Isaiah 59:1-2, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:1-3, 1 John 4:10
The Gospel: God Saves Sinners
Although people are completely sinful, God had a plan in place to lovingly save and redeem a people for himself. Throughout the Old Testament, we read what God will do to save his people from their sins. In the New Testament, we see this plan fulfilled perfectly in Jesus Christ who came and lived a perfect life of obedience before God, died in our place by being crucified for our sins, and was raised from the dead on the third day. This is the “gospel” or “good news.” The Holy Spirit draws us to Christ our Saviour and gives us faith to believe in him. “Whoever believes that Jesus is Lord and that God raised him from the dead will be saved.” The gospel alone is the power of God for salvation. It is the inexhaustible promise that satisfies our restlessness by restoring us into relationship with God, giving us eternal life with him both now and forever. Salvation cannot be earned or achieved through our good works, only received by faith. In this way, salvation from beginning to end is entirely a work of God's sovereign, electing, undeserved grace.
Ephesians 1:4-5, Isaiah 53:1-11, Hebrews 2:9, 4:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Titus 3:5- 6, 2 Timothy 2:25, Romans 10:13, Romans 1:16, Ephesians 2:4-9
The Sacraments: Baptism & Holy Communion
We believe that Jesus gave his church two primary sacraments or symbols to be observed regularly: water baptism and Holy Communion. By repentance of sin and faith in Jesus, the Bible instructs us to be baptised in water by immersion as a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Baptism is the outward demonstration of our inward change of heart; therefore we do not baptise infants but confessing believers who have willingly trusted themselves to Christ. Holy Communion is a regular observance the church shares together as a reminder that Jesus alone is the great Saviour who died on the cross, in our place, for our sins, to bring us to God. The bread and juice/wine represent Christ’s body that was broken and his blood that was shed for us. We believe that observance of these two sacraments is for confessing Christians only.
Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:38, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 Corinthians 11:25-26, Matthew 26:26-29
The Church: God’s People
While our new relationship with God is personal, it is not individual. We are not only saved from sin, we are saved into God’s family. We believe that in the confession and true repentance of our sins to Jesus, we are now seen as totally blameless and holy in our relationship with God. No longer children of wrath, by grace we have become children of God whom God sees in the same way that he sees his Son, the Lord Jesus. This is what the church calls “justification.” The community of people who believe this are “the church.” All those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, are part of the universal Church, that in turn, regularly gathers in local churches around the proclamation of God’s Word and the sacraments.
Hebrews 10:14, Ephesians 2:19-22, Romans 5:1, 1 Peter 2:9-10, Acts 2:42-47
Baptism and Gifts of the Holy Spirit
We believe that every believer is indwelled and sealed by the Holy Spirit at the moment of conversion. Separate to this regenerating work, we believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit (or being filled with the Holy Spirit) is a distinct and ongoing experience that is promised to believers in which they are clothed with power for Christ-exalting ministry. Additionally, we believe that believers should desire and pray for the various spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit sovereignly distributes as he wills. All of the spiritual gifts are still in operation and are available to believers for the building up of the church and for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 1:13, Luke 24:48-49, Acts 1:4, Acts 2:32-33, Ephesians 5:18, 1 Corinthians 12:11, Acts 2:39
The Restoration of all Things
We believe in the personal, glorious, bodily, and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ where he will consummate his kingdom. We trust in God’s promise that a day is coming when he will banish sin, sickness, death, decay, and Satan. Those who have rejected God will be eternally separated from him in Hell, while those who have accepted the immeasurable gift of his forgiveness will receive eternal life with him in Heaven. When Jesus returns, he will usher in the New Heavens and New Earth where we will live peacefully and joyfully in harmony with God and one another forever.
Revelation 19:11-16, Acts 3:20-21, Revelation 21:1-5