Biblical Basis of our Church Vision statement

To be an integrated church family united through our faith in Jesus

  • We are all children of our Father God

    • Romans 8:15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’

    • Galatians 4:6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’

    • Matthew 6:9 ‘This, then, is how you should pray: ‘“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name …

    • Galatians 3:26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith …

  • We are brothers and sisters

    • Romans 8:29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

    • Hebrews 2:11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.

    • Hebrews 13:1 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.

    • 1 Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.

    • 1 Corinthians 14:26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.

    • Galatians 6:1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.

    • 1 Thessalonians 5:14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

    • James 1:19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry …

    • 1 John 3:13 Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.

    • 1 John 3:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

  • Faith in Christ

    • Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

    • John 3:16   For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.       

  • United in Christ

    • Philippians 2:1-3 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves …

    • John 17:11 Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.

    • Romans 12:5-6 In Christ, we though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.

    • 1 Corinthians 12:26-27 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

    • Ephesians 4:15-16 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

To encourage people to trust God by demonstrating our relationship with Jesus

  • Encourage people (people we know - evangelism) to trust in God

    • Matthew 28:19-20 ‘Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’

    • Romans 10:14-15 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’

    • Matthew 9:37-38 Jesus said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’

    • 1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

    • Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes

    • Luke 12:8 ‘I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God.

    • 2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God.

    • Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

    • Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

    • Matthew 4:19 ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’

  • Encourage people (one another - discipleship) to trust in God

    • 1 Thessalonians 4:1 Brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.

    • Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    • Romans 1:12 …that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith...

    • 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

    • Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

  • John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

  • Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

  • Matthew 16:24 Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

  • Develop a relationship with Jesus / Father

    • John 15:13-15 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

    • James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you.

  • 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.   

    • Hebrews 10:19-22  Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.         

    • Romans 5:1-2, 11 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand … we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

    • Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

    • John 14:15 ‘If you love me, keep my commands. 

    • John 6:53-56 Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.

    • John 6:35 Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.                

    • John 14:6-7 ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.’   

    • John 8:12 Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’ 

    • John 10:9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture.

    • John 10:11 ‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

    • John 11:25 ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die

    • John 15: 5 ‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.                     

  • Demonstrate Faith

    • 2 Timothy 1:6-7 I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

    • Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

    • Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 

    • John 13:35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’ 

       

 

To express our love for God in the service of others

 

  • Our love of God

  • Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”     

  • 1 Corinthians 8:3 But whoever loves God is known by God.  

  • 1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.     

  • Matthew 6:24 ‘No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

  • To express our love

  • Deuteronomy 11:13 Love the Lord your God and serve him with all your heart and with all your soul 

  • John 14:15 ‘If you love me, keep my commands.

  • Service of others

  • Mark 12:31 Love your neighbour as yourself

  • James 2:14-18 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.

  • Luke 6:27-36 ‘But to you who are listening I say: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,  bless those who curse you, pray for those who ill-treat you.  If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. ‘If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.  And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. 

  • Matthew 25:35-40 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was ill and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” ‘Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you ill or in prison and go to visit you?”  ‘The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”   

  • Matthew 10:8  Heal those who are ill, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. 

  • Mark 10:43-45 Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’    

  • John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.