BIBLICAL TEACHING

We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired word to us (2Timothy 3:16). In it we meet Jesus Christ and learn how he saves his people from their sins. (John 20:31; Acts 4:12).  The Bible is true, living, active and our ultimate authority for faith and life (Hebrews 4:12; 2Timothy 3:16).  We are commanded to teach the Bible to our children (Deuteronomy 11:18-21) as well as to others (Matthew 28:19-20).  By studying Scripture, we are equipped to serve God. (2 Tim 3:17).


DISCIPLESHIP

(EVANGELISM & MISSION)

Jesus' last command to His disciples before going up to heaven was to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2).  Jesus call shapes and directs our mission and ministry from our backyards to the ends of the earth. It begins with evangelism as we call all people to respond in repentance and faith to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Romans 10:9-15).  Next, through Bible teaching and service, we nurture and build up new disciples to maturity in Christ, equipping them for a life of self-sacrificial discipleship and ministry. (2Timothy 3:16-17; Ephesians 4:11-13, Mark 8:34).


LOVING PEOPLE

Love is the primary attitude of the Christian life as expressed in the two great commandments – Love the Lord your God and Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:30-31).  According to the example of God and Christ, this love is self-sacrificial (John 15:9-17) and extends even to our enemies (Romans 5:8, Matthew 5:43-48).  As Christians we are expected to love (John 4:7-8; Galatians 5:22).  This love puts the needs of others first and is reflected in patience, kindness, forgiveness, hospitality, service and encouragement (1Corinthians 13:1-13; Romans 12:9-21; Hebrews 10:24)


FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness means to wipe clean, to pardon and to cancel the debt of someone who doesn’t deserve it (Romans 4:4-8). By nature we are sinners and do not deserve forgiveness (Rom 3:23). But, in mercy and grace, God has made forgiveness possible through the sin bearing sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ (2Cor 5:21). Therefore, all who turn in repentance and faith in Christ will be forgiven (Col 1:13-14; Heb 9:22).  As forgiven sinners we forgive, embodying what Jesus has done for us (Matt 6:14-15; 18:21-22; Luke 11:4; 23:34; Eph 4:32; Col 3:13-14)   


PRAYER

Prayer is the essential element of an active and dependant relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Eph 6:18; 1Thess 5:17).  Its importance was modelled and taught by Jesus (Matt 6:5-13; 19:13; Mark 1:35, 14:32; Luke 9:18; John 17) and its practice encouraged by Jesus (John 14:13-14) because the Spirit intercedes (Rom 8:26-27). God tells us prayer is powerful (James 5:16) and so as a church we pray (Neh 9; Acts 4:2).  In Jesus name we pray for Gospel impact and Kingdom expansion.  We also praise, give thanks, confess, and intercede for one another in prayer (Acts 2:42; 6:1-7; Eph 1:15-23; 3:14-21).


GODLY LEADERSHIP

Leadership in Christ’s Church is carried out by mature Christians as witnessed in their character, conviction and competence (1Tim 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9) According to the Bible, Christian Leadership is shepherding leadership, where the shepherd cares for, feeds and protects the sheep (Acts 20:28-31).  It also models the Christian life before God’s people, setting them an example just like Jesus (John 13:15; 1Tim 4:12) as it teaches and proclaims the truth without diversion (2Tim 4:2-5).