Jesus was born in a small rural town into a working–class family, to a teenage virgin mum and lived a relatively quiet life until the age of thirty. For the next three years Jesus performed miracles, taught the crowds, and proclaimed that he was God's promised Saviour. In fulfillment of God's plan, Jesus was crucified on a Roman cross, and on the third day, Jesus rose from death and appeared to hundreds before returning to God.
Jesus arrived on the stage of human history on a mission - to reconcile men and women to God. He died on the cross as our substitute and bore our sins for us so that we could be reconciled to God. Jesus’ resurrection proves that his mission was victorious and that there is nothing standing in the way for us to be reconciled to God.
Throughout His ministry, Jesus preached a consistent message. Jesus proclaimed that true life consisted in following him. Jesus called people to trust in him so that they might be reconciled to God and receive eternal life. Jesus promised his followers abundant joy, the help of the Holy Spirit and reconciliation with God the Father. Jesus also commissioned his followers to continue His mission in sacrificially serving the world and proclaiming God's love until his return.
To fulfil the Great Commission!
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
A Christian is a follower of Jesus the Christ! Now for the longer answer...
Today, Jesus stands as the most influential and admired person in human history. Author and historian H.G. Wells said, “I am not a believer, but I must confess that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very centre of history.”
Most incredibly, Jesus is known and worshipped for his claim to be God, his miraculous healings, life changing teaching and his work of salvation, which he accomplished on the cross. Jesus made claims, performed powerful deeds, taught and saved with authority like no other.
Today, Jesus has over 2 billion followers, yet he didn’t fight wars or rule an empire to get them. He was unjustly crucified as a criminal by the ruling Roman Empire with the approval of his own people Israel. He looked like an abject failure, yet eyewitnesses claimed that Jesus had risen from the dead. His followers rapidly grew until empires and kings bowed the knee to Jesus and confessed him to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Even Napoleon, in a moment of humility, said, “I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force? Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.”
At the moment of his defeat Jesus was victorious! That is why the cross is the most known symbol on earth. A cruel instrument of capital punishment became the symbol and hope of mankind. Peter, an eyewitness of Jesus, says, “Christ died, the righteous for the unrighteous, that we might be brought home to God” (1 Peter 3:18). This means that on the cross, Jesus the perfect God-man died in our place, as a substitute for our sin and rebellion against each other, this world and God. Jesus did this so that through faith we might be forgiven and reconciled to our Father in Heaven forever. The testimony of history and scripture (eye-witness accounts) also reveals that three days after Jesus’ death, he rose again. This triumphant victory demonstrated his ultimate power over sin, satan and death and the future glory for those who trust in Him. A Christian is one who believes this, confesses that Jesus is indeed Lord of all and rejoices in God’s saving work through Jesus.
God - God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), is the loving creator, sustainer and redeemer of this world and our lives. He stands supreme over the entire universe. Our ultimate purpose in life is therefore to enjoy and honor God with all our heart, mind, body and soul.
God’s Gospel - The 'gospel' is the amazing news that God the Father has sent God the Son Jesus Christ into the world to live, die and rise again, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have life now and for all eternity. We therefore exist to both know this gospel and make it known. It is the hope of our lives, our church and our city.
God’s Word - God reveals Himself and His purpose for the world in the revelation of Jesus Christ and His Word (Old and New Testament). The bible is reliable, truthful and our final authority. We therefore value and encourage the study and the proclamation of God’s Word in personal reflection, home groups and our main meetings.
God’s Power - God demonstrates his power in us by transforming us into the likeness of His Son. He does this in the power of the Holy Spirit and through the means of reading his inspired Word, prayer and meeting with other disciples for mutual encouragement and support. We therefore seek to not only speak of Christ, but also to become more like Him in all we do, say and think.
God’s Community - The gospel creates a new community (the Church) which not only nurtures individuals but serves as a sign of God's coming kingdom. As His community we therefore seek to love and support one another and provide a safe and accepting environment for people to explore Christian faith and grow in Christ-likeness.
God’s Gifts - As the body of Christ we believe that every member of the church is equipped by the Holy Spirit to serve one another and the community for the building up of His kingdom. We therefore encourage and assist members to explore and utilize their spiritual gifts in accordance with God’s good and pleasing will.
God’s City - God loves Kingborough and is seeking to transform her for our good and His glory. We therefore seek to be good missionaries who are connected with our city in order that we may communicate/demonstrate the transformative power of the gospel through word and deed.