Values & Beliefs

Our church is a joy-filled community of people who exist to enjoy Jesus and make Him known, wherever we are.

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Our Values

Jesus

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 message of the gospel – what God has done for us in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ – is the greatest news in the world. It is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16), through which God promises to set people free and transform their 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.

Joy

Because of Jesus, we have a joy that nothing in this world can give us, and nothing in this world can take away 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. If the gospel is true, then we always have a reason to rejoice. 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.” All our preaching, singing, praying, speaking, gathering, and giving, are all acts of joy-filled worship in response to what God has done for us. 

Community

The gospel message, leads us into a gospel-culture where this same good news is experienced in human relationships marked by beauty. 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.

Mission

We don’t want to just get the gospel right. We want to get the gospel out. Every Christian has been included in the work of the Great Commission. We believe that every saved Christian is a sent one (John 20:21). God’s mission is not an extra-curricular activity we try to squeeze into our busy lives, but a lens we see all of our lives through as we invite those around us into the joy of knowing God. As C.S Lewis once said, “Our delight is incomplete until it is expressed.” Therefore, we want to be a church that lives generously, intentionally, and hospitably, seeking the flourishing of our city as we bring it good news and good works in the name of Jesus.

As a member of the Acts 29 Network, we joyfully affirm both the Acts 29 theological distinctives along with the Lausanne Covenant.

The Lausanne Covenant is widely regarded as one of the most significant documents in modern church history. Emerging from the First Lausanne Congress in 1974, with John Stott as its Chief Architect, it served as a great rallying call to the evangelical Church around the world. It defined what it means to be evangelical, and challenged Christians to work together to make Jesus Christ known throughout the world. It is a covenant with one another, and a covenant with God himself.

Our Beliefs