Austinmer Sundays 9am & 6pm; Thirroul Sundays 9.30am & 7pm
1. Obeying God’s Word
The Bible – the Old & New Testaments with Jesus at the centre of the story – is God’s authoritative Word. Therefore we obey God’s Word as it directs, instructs and constrains us. It is the foundation for our teaching and living, so it is embedded in our activities and programs.
2 Timothy 3:16 & 17 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2. Depending on God through prayer
Jesus prayed to His Father and He commanded His disciples to pray. We pray in Jesus’ Name, recognising that we depend on God and God is at work in this world through prayer. By the power of the Holy Spirit and through prayer, God grows us to become more like Jesus. In prayer, we listen to God and seek His will for our lives.
Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God
3. Loving one another
We are a church which does life together. As members of Christ’s family we have a shared responsibility to nurture, to support & to disciple each other. We strive to grow in love for each other as Christ has loved us.
John 15:12 – My command is this: love each other as I have loved you.
4. Loving our community
As Christ’s family we want to connect to and engage with the community both locally and broader. We strive to be a vital and vibrant presence in the community by actively serving and responding to needs. We want to be a Christian voice in our community and the world for those who are vulnerable.
Matthew 5:14-16- “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
5. Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ
Jesus commanded his followers to proclaim repentance & forgiveness of sins in his name and to make disciples of all nations. We seek to do this in our church life and our own lives. And as a church community we partner with other Christians and organisations in this mission – locally, nationally and overseas. We commit to a personal partnership that is expressed through prayer, financial support & practical assistance.
Luke 24:47 & Matthew 28:19 – ..repentance & forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name (and) go and make disciples of all nations….
6. Serving the body of Christ
As the body of Jesus we are commanded to serve each other so the body is built to maturity in Jesus. We are a church community made up of people of different ages, gifts, backgrounds and stages of the Christian journey. This diversity brings a richness to how we serve and the opportunity to offer programs for fellowship and discipleship for particular ages and interest groups.
Romans 12:5-6 – …so 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.