What we believe determines our behaviour. The Bible holds out that there are universal principles that determine the well-being of relationships, physical health, parenting, order in society and knowing God. These truths are founded as certainly as the law of gravity.
The decision to accept the Bible’s teachings and put faith and trust in Jesus Christ should be followed by a lifestyle modelled on his teaching. We are committed to more than just gathering a crowd – we teach people how to live a Jesus based life.
Christianity is supernatural and God empowers people through His Holy Spirit. The New Testament is about God bringing new life to people by the Holy Spirit and doing in them what they couldn’t do through self-improvement. Relying on the power of the Holy Spirit is about experiencing daily supernatural energy and communication with God about the biggest and smallest issues in our life.
Philippians 2:15 reminds us to maintain relational integrity. We intentionally base our fellowship on primary doctrine. We are joint members of God’s eternal family and are committed to love, pray for and speak well of all who honour Christ as Lord despite any secondary doctrinal differences.
Our concern for people’s eternal welfare compels us to recommend to people what we absolutely believe to be in their eternal best interest. John 1:12 says, “To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” Knowing the eternal jeopardy of people’s souls and the solutions for their personal dilemmas, makes it culturally appropriate in every way to reach out to them with the gospel of God’s power to change their life.
The early church was not something that spoke to its culture; it was itself a culture. Not only are we to tell good news but we are to be good news. In Matthew 5:13, Jesus reminds us that we are the salt of the earth. Living as salt and light makes people interested in what empowers us. Salt acts as a moral preservative in society. We want the watching world to see in us that, “Christians are good neighbours and good citizens.”
The Bible never separates spirituality from practicality. Jesus connected love for God and love for people in the two great commandments. The Christian church must reflect the heart of God who hears the groans of those who suffer disadvantage. We commit ourselves to compassionate service as a matter of love for God and basic Christian responsibility, trusting in Jesus’ words, “As much as you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to me.”