We value the centrality of the gospel of Jesus Christ
The gospel is the good news that God, through the substitutionary death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, has overturned the reign of Satan, sin and death so that now, by grace, the free gift of salvation is given to all who believe. This gospel not only leads us to Jesus but also carries us on with him in every aspect of the Christian life. It changes and renews us on a daily basis, leading us to more deeply love and worship God and to love one another. We will therefore never move beyond the gospel, but will place it at the centre of every aspect of our church and personal lives.
Genesis 3:15; Mark 12:30-31; Romans 1:16-17, Romans 12:10; Galatians 2:14, 20; Galatians 3:1-2; Ephesians 2:8-9; Ephesians 4:2-4; Colossians 2:6-7; 1 Peter 1:22-23; 1 John 4:10-12.
We value being a community of grace
The gospel unites us together into one family in Jesus Christ. Therefore we will not be content to see church simply as a meeting to attend, but rather as a community with whom we share our lives. We desire this life together to be marked with a genuine love for one another. We will sacrificially serve each other, freely forgiving and accepting one another in the context of authentic friendships. We recognise that this is only possible because we ourselves are eternally loved, freely accepted and completely forgiven through the sacrificial death of our Saviour and friend, Jesus Christ.
John 13:14-16,34-35; John 15:12-15 ; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 2:11-22; Ephesians 4:32; Philippians 2:3-11.
We value wholeheartedness in corporate and private worship
The gospel moves us to wholeheartedly worship God. We desire to have Spirit filled hearts that delight in the Lord and overflow into a life of gratitude, praise, service, generosity, repentance and obedience. We will pursue intimacy with the Lord, culminating in our corporate enjoyment of the Lord together. We will seek to worship in spirit and truth knowing that God is primarily concerned with the condition of our hearts as we worship Him.
Leviticus 10:1-3; 1 Chronicles 16:8-10; Psalm 42:1-2; Psalm 51:16-17; Psalm 63:1-5; John 4:23-24; Romans 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Ephesians 5:18-21.
We value a lifestyle of prayer
The gospel makes plain that the work of Jesus Christ continues to make God accessible through prayer. The strength of our ministry is dependent upon God and will parallel the strength of our prayer life. We will be a people whose passion is to rest in the intimate embrace of our Father through prayer.
Psalm 127:1; Matthew 7:7-10; Matthew 26:41; Mark 1:35; John 15:5-8; Acts 2:45; Romans 12:12; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:14-16.
We value reaching all people with the gospel
The gospel is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe. Jesus has entrusted this message to us as His missionary people to be proclaimed to the ends of the Earth. We will therefore seek to intentionally shape our lives for the sake of the gospel, seeking out unbelievers around us. Setting aside our personal comfort we will take strategic risks to bring to them the good news of Jesus Christ. We will do this in the context of a loving, servant-hearted and sacrificial community in which our lives authenticate our message. We will also generously use our resources to partner with others across the globe to bring this gospel to the ends of the Earth.
Genesis 12:1-3; Isaiah 49:6; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 19:10; Acts 1:8; Acts 4:23-31; Acts 5:27-29; Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; 2 Corinthians 5:11-21; Colossians 4:2-6; 1 Peter 2:11-12.
We value a life-on-life ministry model
The gospel calls us to not only become but also to make mature disciples of Jesus Christ. To accomplish this Jesus himself left for us a model of ministry that was multiplying in purpose and personal, intentional, and equipping in nature. We desire our church to be characterised by a commitment to life-on-life discipleship as a central means of helping one another to maturity in Christ.
Matthew 4:19; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke6:40; Philippians 4:9; 1 Thessalonians 2:8; 2 Timothy 2:2; 2 Timothy 3:10-11; Hebrews 13:7.
We value teaching that is Christ-centred and culturally appropriate
The gospel gives us relevant and redemptive truths to teach. The person and work of Jesus is a powerful message for the Christian and the unbeliever alike, so grace will be our constant theme. We will teach the Bible with confidence that God will continually renew us through His Word and by the power of the Holy Spirit as He enables us to respond in faith and obedience.
Psalm 1:1-3; Psalm 19:7-11; Luke 24:27; John 17:17; Romans 1:16; Titus 2:11-14; 2 Timothy 3:14-17.
We value a decentralised ministry philosophy
The gospel grants us all the privilege of ministry. Recognising that Christ has uniquely gifted every believer, we will encourage, equip and release each person to use their gifts for the common good. We desire each person to minister as part of a team and for ministry initiatives to rise up from within the body. We affirm the importance of leadership to encourage, foster, support and guide such initiatives rather than exercising control.
Matthew 9:37-38; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-30; 1 Corinthians 14:12; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 2:3-4; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 4:10-11; 1 Peter 5:1-5.
We value the multiplication of disciples, leaders and Churches
The gospel compels us to share in the Lord’s work of actively advancing His Kingdom. We believe this is best achieved by the constant multiplication of disciples, leaders and Churches. We will therefore seek to establish every new believer in a life-long personal relationship with God. Trusting the Lord to raise up leadership for His Church we will equip, pray for and nurture future leaders, striving wherever practical to develop leaders from within. Knowing that God is advancing His Kingdom throughout the World, we are committed to increasing the influence of the Gospel through the regular planting of new churches. It is our desire to scatter disciples, leaders and churches throughout Queensland, Australia and the World.
Joshua 1:2,5; Acts 14:21-23; Acts 20:17-38; Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 4:11-12; Titus 1:5-9.