Why Do We Exist?:
What We Believe
Who Are We?
Why Do We Exist?
Why Do We Exist?
Essentially we believe that there are three strands to our
purpose as a Christian community here at St. Maryís Church:
To seek God in worship:
has to do with real life, dealing with the issues that
confront us in this world, not a Sunday interlude of
escapism in a week of reality. In the regular times we
worship God together we seek Him so that we might be
empowered to live out Christian lives as disciples of Jesus,
engaging with the reality of daily twenty first century
life. Our worship focuses on the Word of God as revealed in
Holy Scripture, for only the teachings of God satisfy our
thirst, and on the power of the Holy Spirit, the Living God,
for it is He alone who enables us to even begin to worship
our Almighty Father.
To serve one another:
Jesus called His disciples to follow Him in a life of
service (Mark 10:42-45).
At the heart of why we exist is a desire to serve one
another, to continually express a humble, servant hearted
attitude that considers other members of Godís family above
ourselves, irrespective of their background.
The challenge for us is to
take up the royal opportunity of serving Jesus Christ by
demonstrating in our lives real, practical service to
others, sharing in His discipleship despite the challenges
of the journey.
To share Godís love to those around us:
We believe the hallmarks of genuine Christian ministry at
work or university, in our families, our church and out into
the wider communities of our neighbourhoods, will be visible
in the lives that we seek to lead. We recognise that we will
and do fail sometimes but still in obedience to Godís
command we seek to show Godís love.
The Bible says we were "made by God, and for God" and we were
put on this earth for His purposes. Until we as individuals, and
jointly, understand that truth, life is not going to make much
sense. At St. Mary's Andover our goal is to assist you in using
your time on earth fulfilling God's five purposes for your life.
Worship - You
are planned for God's pleasure, so we will help you to use each
day to get to know and love God better.
Fellowship - You
are formed for God's family, so we will assist you in using
every day of your life here on earth to show love to other
Discipleship - You
are created to be like Christ, so we will provide opportunities
to help you grow in Christ-like character.
Ministry - You
are shaped to serve God, so we will provide various avenues and
opportunities to help you serve God and minister to others.
Evangelism - You
are made by God for a mission, so we will equip you to share the
Good News of the Bible and Christianity.