The Church exists for the glory of God. This is achieved not only through
Christ-centred corporate worship, but also in holy lives of active service for
God. Therefore, central to the health of the church is a focus on the Bible as
the guide for every aspect of life, both individual and corporate.
Two texts sum up the responsibilities of the church and
provide a focus for our activities. The first is Matthew
28:18-20, in which Christ gives the ‘Great
Commission’ to the church. It highlights our obligation to be actively
Evangelism and Missions: These are essential, non-negotiable aspects of the
life of any biblical church. We are active in evangelism in our community as
individuals and as a church, and we support the efforts of overseas missions
in different parts of the world.
The second text is Acts
2:42. It provides four foundational priorities for
church life which fulfil the second aspect of the ‘Great Commission’, and
are essential for all Christians from the moment of conversion:
Doctrine or Teaching: The word in the Greek carries both the idea of a ‘body
of teaching’ and also the ‘act of teaching’. We are committed therefore
to growing in our understanding of the doctrine of Scripture through personal
study and also to the public teaching of those equipped by God for this task.
Fellowship: The threefold thought here is best summed up with the English
words: community, communion and communication. We are committed to maintaining
a loving community of believers, in which there is genuine communion (sharing)
as we serve one another, and from which practical communications of help and
support are sent to other believers throughout the world.
Ordinances: Luke refers to the ‘breaking of bread’ as an ongoing and
repeated ordinance, having already indicated the necessity of baptism as a
once-in-a-lifetime ordinance and prerequisite to church membership. We are
committed to maintaining these two ordinances in a manner that is consistent
with the biblical data.
Prayers: The combined duties of prayerfulness and godliness make a real
difference to the spiritual health and effectiveness of individual Christians
and the churches to which they belong. Both corporate and individual prayers
are vital. We are committed to praying for and with one another according to
the pattern of the New Testament church.