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…
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
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.
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.
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
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!
1 John 3:1.
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.
Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:18
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.
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.
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.