CHURCH AS A family
We love that church is family. In our church communities we can call each other brother and sister. We can love like a family, fight like a family, reconcile like a family and serve like a family. We love that in church we are bound together in a relationship that runs deeper than political allegiance, race, culture, social status, sexual orientation or interest group. We love that we can help each other move house, pick each other up from the airport, mind each others kids, cook each other meals, encourage each other, rebuke each other, challenge each other, serve alongside each other and love each other.
Rom 12:10-13 // Heb 13:1-3 // 1 Cor 12:12-26
THE AUTHORITY OF scripture
Some people worship the bible like its Jesus. The bible is not Jesus! But when we read the bible, when we speak from the bible, God speaks to us. It’s provocative, inspiring, challenging, confusing, frustrating, insightful, timeless, nuanced and unbelievably beautiful. We want everyone in our community to understand it better, read it more and hear God speaking powerfully to them. We believe that Newcastle will be a much better place if people begin to develop a love and respect for the scriptures.
2 Tim 3:16-17 // Ps 1:2-3 // Heb 4:12-13.
APPRECIATING AND CREATING beauty
In the November edition of Vanity Fair an article reads ‘Steve Jobs gave us the latest technology but also made it beautiful.’ People are drawn to beauty. We love beauty. Beautiful music, beautiful spaces, beautiful food, beautiful art, beautiful speeches, & beautiful design are all things that should be located in our church communities. Just to be clear we are not talking about our cultures definition of beauty nor the kind of beauty you see in the magazines, we are talking about genuine beauty. Natural, rough, imperfect, honest, gorgeous BEAUTY!
Gen 1:1-2;27-28 // Ps 19:1-6 // Exod 31:1-11.
LIVING AN apprenticeship
Our faith is not only a belief system but a way of life. We are always growing and learning as we follow the way of Jesus as his apprentices. This way is costly, long and not always easy, but gives a fullness of life and meaning that is bigger than our circumstances and ourselves. This causes us to lead and train others as Jesus apprentices. This also involves empowering others with responsibility and opportunities to lead, as well as resourcing and equipping others in their unique calling and gifting.
Matt 28:18-20 // Luke 9:23-25 // John 1:35-39 // Luke 10:1-17.
PROCLAIMING AND SHARING THE Good News
The Good News of Jesus is not only ‘how to get to heaven when you die!’ it is so much deeper, richer and more beautiful than that. The good news of Jesus is that the king has come and his kingdom has broken into this world. The good news of Jesus is that He has dealt with our sin so we can become the men and women we were created to be in God’s grace. Our church values a holistic gospel that cannot be compartmentalized to church attendance and personal spirituality. A gospel that impacts the way we live, where we work, how we work, how we parent, where we live, what we buy, what we watch, what we listen to etc. The message of King Jesus is good news for everyone and because we believe we share this news with everyone. 1 Cor 1:18-24 // Luke 4:18 // Mark 10:45.
We pursue God and actively leave room and space for His spirit to speak to us as a community and as individuals. Prayer, rest, praise, solitude and silence are just some practices that help us listen, respond and experience God in an environment marked by busyness and being non-present. God also pursues us and eagerly desires to be intimate with us (and often in spite of us). His Spirit empowers us to give glory to Jesus and unfold His kingdom in both mysterious and ordinary ways. Matt 7:7 // Habb 2:1-3 // John 4:23 // 1 The 5:16-18.
LOVING AND SERVING OUR place
We have a sense of calling to seek, serve and redeem the places of Newcastle, particularly the CBD. God cares and has intentions for the places we inhabit and can work through us, redeeming all things. This involves cultural renewal, caring for the environment, as well as seeking justice, mercy and reconciliation for Newcastle and its people. God also resources and connects us with other people and places around the world, partnering in kingdom work.
Jer 29:4-7 // Micah 6:8 // Rev 21:1-5.