Our Heartbeat (who we are)
We get in the game
We are the church and we exist for the world. We follow Jesus’ example by serving humbly and generously together. We are contributors, not just consumers. (1 Corinthians 12:27, Ephesians 4:16, Philippians 2:5-8)
We bring our best
God gave everything for us and to us, so we bring Him our best in return. We believe this kind of excellence honours God and inspires people. (Colossians 3:23-24, 2 Timothy 2:15)
We do life together
Life is about relationships – first, our relationship with God, and second, our relationships with other people. We all need each other. We share in the ups and downs of life. We put in the work to build meaningful, beneficial relationships. (John 13:35, Colossians 3:13, Proverbs 27:17)
We are bridge-builders
We share God’s passion for those that are far from Him. God loves and values every person and we do the same, doing our best to walk with people towards the life-giving message of Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:11-21)
We are real
We will honour Christ and each other with integrity and authenticity. The only reason any of us are here is the grace of God. We are all on a journey and we are honest about where we are at. (1 Corinthians 1:26-31, Philippians 3:3-11)
Our DNA (what we believe)
We believe that the one living and true God eternally exists in the three persons of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in one essence. He is almighty, has need of nothing, and is perfect in love and righteous in all His ways.
We believe Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. The only Saviour of the world, He died on the cross in our place as a once-for-all sacrifice which won the victory over the powers of evil and left us an example to follow. We believe Jesus rose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will one day personally return in glory and judgment.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus Christ, God’s Son to us. He indwells all believers so that our minds can grasp the truth of Scripture, communicating the life and power of God to us. He fills us so our lives are continually being transformed into the image of Christ and equips us to serve God through the gifts and empowerment the Spirit offers.
We affirm that the Old and New Testament Scriptures (God’s Word, the Bible) are fully God-breathed and inspired by the Holy Spirt, and are to be understood in their historical and grammatical context. They are sufficient for our guidance and are our final authority in all matters of faith and behaviour.We believe that God speaks through them in living power to us in our life situations today.
We accept the responsibility of being Christ’s people in this world to embody God’s love, both locally and internationally. We do this by worshipping Him with confession, prayer, and praise. We also express love by caring for the people of God through coming together and teaching of the Word. We further express His love by serving our neighbours, meeting their needs and working for justice, freedom and reconciliation in our communities, in our country and in the world.
We acknowledge that God made men and women in His own image and likeness and to reflect His glory. He breathed into Adam and Eve the spirit of life so that they became living souls capable of enjoying a personal relationship with Him. He also gave them the power of choice. Tragically, Adam and Eve rebelled and sinned against God’s rule and authority, choosing to give in to temptation by Satan. Because of this we all are now members of a fallen race who stand guilty before a righteous God. Sin means to ‘miss the mark’. The mark, in this case, is the standard of perfection established by God and evidenced by Jesus. Viewed in that light, it is clear that we are all sinners.
We are accountable for our choices, and we are totally unable to achieve peace with God through our own efforts. God however, has demonstrated His love for us in sending Jesus Christ, so that by His grace we might be put right with God through faith in His Son. The enemy of God, Satan, is active in this world and there is a hell as well as a heaven. But Satan, sin and death have been overcome by Jesus Christ, God’s Son in His life, death, and resurrection.
As we receive salvation, we are reconciled, forgiven, born into the family of God and have the gift of eternal life. As we follow the Spirit of God we begin to be changed to live according to God’s design and our growing likeness to Jesus Christ is evidence of our coming into relationship with God. God’s greatest requirement of us is that we love Him with all of our heart, and that we love our neighbours as ourselves.
We look on in excited expectation to the conclusion of this age when Christ will return to this world as King of kings for the bodily resurrection of the dead and the judgment of all people. This will result in the separation of unbelievers from God's presence eternally and the reuniting of the whole family of believers to enjoy God and each other forever. Creation will be renewed, and there will be a new heaven and a new earth. All creatures will sing God’s praise.