WHO WE ARE
People who don't 'have it all together' who love the God who 'holds all things together.'
We are a diverse group of people who love Jesus and celebrate the life and hope we have in Him. We do this by worshiping God together, caring for one another and serving the local area. We desire for the church to be a strong beacon of hope in our community.
VALUES AND VISION
Values – Who do we want to be?
In one sense, we don’t really get to decide this! We’re a church, not a club. So we look to the Scriptures for guidance. But we also pray and consider who makes up our church family, and where we are on the journey that God has for us. As we reflect on all of that, we believe the following five areas point to who we hope to be under God.
With the Bible as our guide, and the Spirit’s enabling, we are seeking to be…
Though we see the results of sin – brokenness, struggle, pain and death – both in our world and in our lives, God knows us and loves us and has done everything necessary for us to enjoy a relationship with Him. This amazing good news of the grace of God is foundational to who we are and informs everything we say and do.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. - 1 John 4:10-11
The God of the Bible – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is supremely glorious. We recognise Him to be of ultimate value and worth, and we will proclaim this privately and publicly, on our own and when together. We order our lives – our words, thoughts, actions and goals – around this God, and others should be able to observe that
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. - Psalm 115:1
The Church is the family of God. We are brothers and sisters – people of all ages sharing in each other’s lives – not members in a club. We should be generous towards one another; vulnerable and honest with each other; caring for and seeking good for one another. We should be hospitable, both to those inside and those outside the family of God.
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! - 1 John 3:1
Being a Christian is about much more than a one-time decision, or a family heritage. We are followers of Jesus, choosing to continue on a journey with Him, seeking to become more and more like Him each day. Through the life-changing power of God, and the help and input of our brothers and sisters, we are learning what it means to grow in love, godliness and holiness.
Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. - 2 Peter 3:18
We have good news to proclaim – hope for now and for eternity – in the person and work of Jesus. And we have Christ’s love to share with our family, friends and those in need in Aberdeen and around the world. This is not just the task of ‘professionals’. We all participate in God’s purposes for this world. The Church exists to point others towards the glory of God; to model something of the Kingdom of God; to be people of restoration and hope and light.
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. - Acts 1:8
Vision – Where are we going?
As a church, we are just at the beginning of a new stage in our journey. But we want to have a big vision of how God could use us. All for His glory.
WE SEE A CHURCH THAT IS BIBLICAL
We will teach the Bible with integrity, passion and humility. It will be our guide in everything we do. We will love the Scriptures, finding different ways for all different ages to understand the glorious depths of God’s Word.
WE SEE A CHURCH OF AUTHENTIC WORSHIPPERS
We will declare the greatness of God. We will not be lukewarm in our praise. We will sing passionately, pray earnestly, listen attentively and surrender ourselves regularly. Worship will be a 24/7 reality. We will look forward to Sunday gatherings with great joy and expectation.
WE SEE A CHURCH THAT TELLS PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS
We will embrace God’s heart to reach this lost and broken world. We will be unashamed of the gospel. We will find ways to share the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection. We will encourage our friends and family to respond to Jesus’ offer of new life in Him. We will enable others as they take this good news to all nations around the earth.
WE SEE A CHURCH THAT EMBODIES JESUS' LOVE
We will love the local communities of Kintore and the surrounding area, and will seek their good. We will be a place of hope, restoration and life. As we scatter, we will be known as a people who extend love, hospitality and care. We will find ways to serve the poor and those most in need in Aberdeenshire/Aberdeen, and around the world.
WE SEE A CHURCH THAT IS HONEST AND RELEVANT
We will be authentic. We will acknowledge the joys and pains of life, and will seek God’s presence and purposes therein. We will not sugar-coat the reality of sin in the world and in our lives. We will confront hard issues, acknowledging that, though we don’t know all the answers, God is in control.
WE SEE A CHURCH THAT IS A LOVING FAMILY, CONNECTED IN SMALL GROUPS
We will be men and women and boys and girls who care for each other. Every member will be part of a small group where we love, encourage and help one another. We will weep when others weep, and rejoice when others rejoice. We will be more concerned about our brothers and sisters than ourselves.
WE SEE A CHURCH THAT PLANTS OTHER CHURCHES
We will make church planting a key strategy in how we reach out with the love and good news of Jesus. We will raise up new leaders. We will plant churches who themselves will plant churches. We will gladly accept and adapt to the resulting challenges in our sending churches. We will support those who are building the Church around the world.
WE SEE A CHURCH THAT IS EXPECTANT
We will never settle down in material affluence or comfort. Rather, we will be active in furthering God’s work through this church. We will never give up. We will not see Christian service as a chore. Mindful of God’s past faithfulness, we will move forward with renewed expectation.