We believe that God has called us as a church to live “in the power of the Spirit”, reaching out into our local community with love, care, compassion, understanding and the message of salvation in Jesus Christ.
We aim to be a community that reflects the grace and love of Christ towards all we come in contact. Please be patient with us though… God has not finished with us yet!
What do we as Christians actually believe?
As Christians, We believe that God empowers and inspires us by His Holy Spirit through the words of the Bible to be His ambassadors in this place.
The Bible is all about God’s relationship with humans. It tells us that everything that exists was made by God, and that he made mankind to enjoy a relationship of love with him.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
But most of the time we don’t live that way — we fail to live up to God’s high standards and instead serve our own self-interests. Even small unloving acts towards God and others are hurtful to God, and they create a barrier between us and God cutting us off from him.
Most of the time, we don’t even notice, because we are used to living this way, or we tell ourselves that life is just like that, or everyone does it.
But God doesn’t underestimate the seriousness of our situation, and realizes that, even if we wanted to, we are just unable on our own to put right the things that separate us from him and so return to him. And the ultimate cost of our wrong-doing is permanent separation from God when we die.
“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
So, the Bible tells us, God himself came to our rescue. He came to the earth as the man Jesus Christ, showed us God’s way of living, and then paid the price of all our disobedience and wrong-doing when he was put to death by crucifixion on a cross. Three days later, he rose from the dead, having defeated death itself.
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
This act of sacrifice, forgiveness, and power means that anyone can now be reconciled to God. God offers forgiveness freely to all. It is necessary only to accept it by accepting what Jesus did for you and acknowledging his sovereignty in your life.
We at St Peter’s are a community of people who have discovered this amazing love of God through Jesus Christ. We now want to reflect and share it with those we meet — this is the heart of our vision. If you want to talk to someone about what you’ve read here, you’re very welcome to contact us at the church office, and we’d be glad to talk with you.