One of our core convictions is that God has revealed himself in his word, the Bible. If you are someone wanting to know God, nothing is going to be more helpful than looking at the Bible.
Our vision is for people to find their joy and delight in God who has revealed himself to us in the Bible. As a church in the city, we aim to think deeply about how the gospel shapes all of life through the humble, careful and prayerful study of God’s Word. We long for God to do a deep work within each of us that we might survive and thrive amidst the complexities and challenges of city life. Our desire is that we would know God more deeply so that might find our hope and delight in him, but also that we might be richly equipped to love the city.
Normally, we work our way through books of the Bible, section by section, Sunday by Sunday. We don’t just look at the bits of the Bible we like and skip over the bits that make us uncomfortable or that don’t fit in with our own ideas. On the contrary, we expect that meeting God in his revealed word will challenge our ideas, our values and our lives. You can check out what part of the Bible we are currently looking at here.
Each Wednesday a network of groups meet to dive deeper and think practically about the piece of the Bible we looked at on the previous Sunday. You can listen to the Sundays talks online.
You don’t need to own a Bible or bring one along to church. The section we are looking at will always be printed on paper and given to everyone. You don’t need to be familiar with the Bible in order to come along and you won’t be asked any questions about the Bible or what you currently believe. We normally read a simple English translation called the New International Readers Version.
Whenever we meet God in his word, there will always be things that need to change for us, new things to get our heads around, important things about God to rejoice in and praise him for. We ask God to change us and the world by speaking to him in prayer. When we pray in church, normally one person out the front speaks and the rest of us listen. If what they have said is what we also want to say to God we can agree by saying “Amen” at the end. Occasionally, we say short prayers aloud together, these are always on the screen.
Because we believe God is interested in us personally and calls us into a relationship with him, in prayer and in song we speak to him about our feelings, our doubts, our struggles and our failures. We thank him for the ways he is good to us and we ask him to change and renew us. We normally sing 3 or 4 songs each Sunday. The person leading will indicate whether to stand or sit. Its ok not to sing if you don’t know the song or don’t wish to sing – no one will notice.