What we Believe
Here at Christ Church we believe that God loves us and that God wants us to have a personal relationship with Him. He made this possible by sending His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross and pay the penalty for our sins. No matter how hard we try we could never be “good enough” for God through our own efforts so he made that relationship possible through His love. Jesus also said “I have come that you might have life and have it in all its fullness.” We believe that that is true. As we grow in our relationship with God we discover that more and more true as we discover His purpose for our lives and His love for us, and that we can talk to him as “Friend” every day in prayer and share the things of our daily lives with him.
Accepting God’s gift to us through the death of His Son and accepting Him into our lives also makes us part of His Family the Church. St. Paul talks about this as being “Jesus Body” here on earth. As we know a body has lots of parts and every part is need and the same is true of the church we belong together and we need each other, we all have something to offer to serve and help each other to grow spiritually. In practical terms this means we worship him together, can help and support each other and have people we can share our joys and sorrows with.
Knowing God also puts us in a new relationship with the world around us. We see it as a gift from him for us to take care of and try to make a better place by trying to spread his values, the values of his kingdom into the places we are day by day.
People sometimes think being a Christian, or going to church is something like joining a club, but the bottom line it is it is about having a personal relationship with God which he makes possible because of his great love for us in sending his Son to die on the cross and receiving the “fullness of life” he came to bring and enjoying it as part of his family the Church.
Come as you Are
Sometimes people say “I could never become a Christian, I am not good enough,” and they are actually right, we could never be good enough, we could never “earn” our way to God, because at some point we are always going to do the wrong thing. When he is writing to the Romans, Paul says “For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Jesus Christ, who has freed us by taking way our sins.” (Romans 3:23 NLT) That is the Good News of the Gospel. All we need to do is believe that he sent his Son to die for us, say we are sorry and turn away from the things that are wrong, and give our lives to him. Somewhere else Paul writes “It was for freedom that Christ has set you free,” and we believe that God sent his Holy Spirit to help us become more like Jesus and to serve him in the world, and one day we will be with him when he comes back in his glory.
So Where Do We Go from Here?
One of the most famous verses in the bible says: “God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him, may not die but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) and again in John’s Gospel we read “For as many as received him he gave them the power to become the children of God” (John 1:12) That’s tremendous, if we accept him he gives us the power to live with him as his children every day and share our lives with him and know his friendship, care and support. As part of that we will want to worship him and sing his praises, to learn about him though hearing his word in the bible, studying it together in groups and reading it on our own asking him to help us.
Sometimes when people hear the word “church” they think of a building, but the original word means “a gathering of people,” and that is who we are a gathering of people who have accepted God’s great gift to us through his Son, on a journey together, learning more about him and sharing our lives with him as we pray and encourage and support each other. Church is a lot more that Sunday Services there are all kinds of things going on: coffee mornings, children’s clubs, musical events, and short courses for people who want to know more about what it means to follow Jesus or be part of his family the church. Why not come along and find out more?