The purpose of this Core Values page is to paint a picture of the things we at St Andrew's hold dear. They are not simply beliefs, nor are they vision statements or statements of our mission. They are the things we treasure. Our Core Values are the things we hold to no matter what else may come. We love Jesus, we believe he is revealed to us in the bible, we love to talk to God in prayer, we love each other in fellowship and love the world through service. We hope as you read these values you will gain some picture of the heart of this our Church community.
At St Andrew’s we love Jesus Christ. We love him with the honour due him as the Son of God and second person of the Trinity. We love him with the intimacy made possible by his incarnation as a man with flesh and blood and dreams and fears.
We love him as our Saviour: A Saviour who through his life, death and resurrection defeated the power of Satan in our lives and the world, bore the penalty due to us for our rebellion against God, and rose from the dead to conquer death for us and to give us the certain hope of being raised with him to a life unending in a renewed and perfected creation.
We love Jesus as our King: A King who by right of both creation and redemption has authority to determine right from wrong, good from evil. A King to whom is owed our obedience and adoration. A King who will come again to rule the world, to establish justice, to establish peace and to renew all things to a state of perfection without decay.
At St Andrew’s we seek to love Jesus with the force of our wills, the desires of our hearts and the actions of our bodies, striving to bring our whole selves into a state of obedience to him and his revealed will. We believe that the Christian life is one that demands nothing less than our whole selves and though we often fail in our attempt, we struggle on, trusting in the grace and love of God in Jesus Christ to answer our prayer and longing.
At St Andrew’s we believe the bible is God’s authoritative, perfect revelation of himself, his ways, his love affair with humanity and his purposes for this world. We believe that the original manuscripts were inspired by God such that they were without fault in what they intended to reveal and can be trusted even today.
Believing this, we seek to know God better through prayerful humble study of the bible. We recognise that we don’t have a monopoly on God’s truth as revealed in the bible, but we also believe that truth can be found, is certain and must be obeyed. As a consequence we hold our opinions on God, truth and life humbly but firmly, seeking to show love to all while upholding the truth of God.
St Andrew’s is a praying church. We believe God is personal and involved in his creation. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells his people and leads them into deeper and closer relationship with God. We also believe that prayer is the means appointed by God to relate to him in this age and that our relationship with him will be significantly expressed in the attitude and activity of prayer.
Believing this, we seek to put our relationship with God through prayer at the centre of our church’s life. We support various prayer traditions and experiences of prayer, providing those who pray are praying to God the Father, through God the Son, in God the Spirit.
At St Andrew’s we love to share life with one another. We believe that the Christian life is not an isolated experience, and our faith is not a purely internal one. Rather we are saved into community and called to live our faith out in the community. At St Andrew’s we have a vision of people living their lives in vulnerable loving honesty, being who we really are, and sharing that life with others as vulnerable, loving, and honest as ourselves. We recognise that we all struggle to be the ideal companions on life’s journey and extend grace to one another as we better learn to love and live like Jesus together.
We understand that it can be hard to meet people and develop honest loving relationships, so to that end we encourage everyone at St Andrew’s to be part of a worship service on a Sunday and one other group within the church, of which there are many which cater to every possible demographic and background.
We hope if you visit St Andrew’s you will find a place to truly live out the command of our Lord Jesus Christ to: ‘love one another, as God has loved us’ (1John 4:11).
At St Andrew’s we are committed to the mission given by Jesus, of making disciples for him, from all nations. We do not strive to make disciples who echo any tradition or culture, but disciples whose lives are modeled on Jesus. We therefore teach and live so as best to take the message of Jesus to a world desperately in need of meeting him, falling in love with him, and being restored, through his sacrifice on our behalf and through the gift of his Holy Spirit.
St Andrew’s is therefore committed to fulfilling the call of mission among all its members, introducing people to Jesus wherever and however they may do so, for the salvation of sinful people and the restoration of a hurting world.
As a church we have a formal relationship with Compassion Australia, partnering in projects in different parts of the world to relieve poverty and assist in the development of a future for children and their families.
We also have a partnership with a local Pre-School which operates out of our premises to serve the inner city community of Newcastle. If you want to partner with us in either venture, please let us know.
Members of our church serve in all sorts of formal and informal ways in the wider community and within the church. Within our church community are such stewards as: a doctor working to provide medical services in the local community; stay at home mums raising money to build wells, retirees working with young people who have disabilities, relief workers with the Newcastle Family Court; and a number of people, from various walks of life, who live with an awareness of the needs of those in the community and a love of living to meet those needs.
At St Andrew's, we are people who have been loved in ways we cannot comprehend by an infinitely loving God, and we’re living to pass on that love to others.