As You Go
People in need cross our path everyday. We believe one of the main roles of the Church is to serve and care for the poor, oppressed and marginalised in our communities, our city and beyond. We are always on the lookout for ways to serve through St Stephen’s, as well as in your own neighbourhood and workplace. (Deuteronomy 15:7-11, Proverbs 19:17, Micah 6:8, I John 3:17, Matthew 25).
For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. Deuteronomy 10:17-19 NIV
We believe that we are all “works in process”, none of us are perfect, yet the more we choose to do life with God, the more we are transformed. We develop the fruits of the Spirit of God (Matthew 22:37-40). Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control are the indicators of spiritual growth. It’s not about us trying so hard to become or be perfect. It’s about trusting and asking Him to change us step by step.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
We believe that real life-change happens best in the context of a small group of people doing life together (Luke 6:12-13, Acts 2:44-46). In these communities we are to be the church to one another and demonstrate God’s heart to a watching world as we live out the “one another” of scripture. We’re a church of small groups committed to the value of everyone being cared for in a community that will love and prompt us to grow.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV