Just as DNA runs through a whole person, our DNA runs through everything we do as a church.
God is not a set of ideas or a distant reality, but through Jesus invites us to call him ‘Father’. The beating heart of Christian faith and life is a relationship with God our Father, through Jesus, which is made an experienced reality in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. For Christians, prayer is our greatest privilege: the means by which we express and experience a relationship with our Father. It is also our greatest need. As the famous hymn puts it ‘I am weak, but thou art mighty’.
The guess work about God is over. Through Jesus, his Son, God has stepped into our world to make himself known. He has given us written testimony to Jesus in the Bible, which Christians through the ages have experienced to be ‘more precious than gold and sweeter than honey’ (Psalm 19:10). That’s because though the Bible, we can get to know God and his plans for our lives and our world. As Jesus said, 'man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’ (Matt. 4:4).
Church is never understood in the Bible as a building or a meeting, but as a family. Diverse in every way, and yet committed to each other. In a world that feels ever more isolating and lonely, Jesus’ challenging words to his disciples are as true as ever- ‘by this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another’ (John 13:35).