Our Beliefs

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Our Vision

As a local church our vision is clear: The Salvation of our City. This vision shapes everything we do – every programme we run, every service we hold – it’s all about seeing the people of Norwich, Ipswich and beyond connect with Jesus.

Our Mission

Reach people. Influence culture. Build future. 
Our mission is to reach people for Christ and influence culture by building a large church in Norwich, Ipswich and online; to disciple and empower people in every area of life and shape the future of our city and beyond.

Our Statement Of Faith

We believe the Bible is God’s Word. It is inspired, infallible, accurate, authoritative, and applicable to everyday life. 

We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy. 

We believe that sin has separated us from God and His life’s purpose. 

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, as both God and man, is the only One who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life. 

We believe that to receive forgiveness and the ‘new birth,’ we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives. 

We believe that to live the holy and fruitful lives that God intends for us, we need to be baptized in water and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables us to use spiritual gifts, including speaking in tongues, which is the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. 

We believe that God has individually equipped us to successfully achieve His purpose for our lives: to worship God, fulfill our role in the Church and serve the community in which we live. 

We believe God wants to heal and transform us so we can live healthy and prosperous lives to help others more effectively. 

We believe that our eternal destination of either Heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ. 

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.

Our Culture

Culture can either be driven by design or can happen by default. The culture of our church is no accident – it flows from our passion for God and His Kingdom. It is our desire to intentionally and deliberately create a culture that reflects the Kingdom of God; and our culture is formed around five key points chosen to reflect this.

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Jesus is Our Message and Our Motivation

Jesus. When all is said and done, it is all about Jesus.
He is the visible image of invisible God. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the one who shines light into the darkness; who speaks hope in the midst of trouble; who restores our soul. Our greatest privilege is to tell people about Jesus - through both our words and our actions. It is His cause which energises and enables us. His purpose which provides the drive and sets the direction for all we do.

Generosity Is Our Privilege

The opportunity to give is our greatest joy.
Just as God is expansively generous to us, so we seek to give generously in every way. We are generous in all we do - in our words and our actions; with our time, talent and treasure. Generosity then is not confined to one aspect of our lives, but characterises all we do. It is not an amount, but an attitude of the heart. It defines the way we approach others and the way we engage with our world. Being generous is not an obligation, but an opportunity - a chance to show our world a better, brighter, bolder way.  We make a life not by what we get, but by what we give.

Serving is Our Identity

In all we do, we seek to follow Jesus’ example - to put the needs of others before our own.
We are always on the look out for opportunities to help others, encourage others, and lift others up. If you’re too big to serve, you’re too small to lead. Serving isn’t something we do sometimes, it defines who we are all the time. Because there’s nothing wrong with aspiring for greatness - but In God’s Kingdom, the path of success is one of service. Our best possible life is found when we put others first.

Unity is Our Heart

None of us is as smart or as strong as all of us.
Our greatest contribution to our world becomes possible only when we set aside our own opinion and agenda to unite around a common cause. In our community, we find strength in diversity, as we work always to maintain unity. We flow together, rhythmically and easily, in response to Jesus and His call upon our lives. We’re about US, not US and THEM; WE not ME. Together, we can achieve far more than we ever can alone.

Excellence is Our Ethos

God has never been anything short of excellent towards us.
If we’re going to represent God to our world, then in all we do we better bring our best. Excellence leads to influence. It opens up opportunity. Excellent points people toward Jesus. It provides a glimpse of the glory of God. Excellence is about doing the best we can with what we have. It is a journey, not a destination. A process, not a fixed point. Excellence is not only about our actions, but also about our attitude. Excellence defines our character as well as our contribution. It is who we are, as well as what we do.
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