Jesus - Community - Creativity
There are four aspects to our vision at The Bear: Bible, Everybody, Adoration and Relationship
Bible: Teaching that the Bible leads to Jesus
Everybody: Reaching out with God's love, without prejudice.
Adoration: Finding freedom in worshiping God.
Relationship: Creating a place of homecoming.
Statement of Faith
God is: the Father, the Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit; equal, eternal and united in relationship making one God who is Love. God is a trinity – three persons yet one essence.
Jesus is both the Son of God and the son of man. He was Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to the virgin Mary. Jesus lived a sinless life and was killed by crucifixion at the hands of men and women. In His death Jesus took on the full consequence of everything that has caused brokenness and death, from sin. Yet on the third day after his death Jesus was raised with a new body as the firstborn of a new creation. After making himself known he ascended to heaven, promising to come back when the good news of the kingdom has been spread throughout the earth. God will then judge all that live and have ever lived, giving eternal life with Him to those who accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
Before ascending to heaven Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would come to live in the hearts of believers. The Holy Spirit gives us the opportunity to understand, experience and communicate all God’s power, love, wisdom and will for ourselves, others and the world around us.
The Bible forms the basis of what we believe. Written over a period of 1600 years by an estimated 40 authors it communicates the story of God’s relationship with humanity throughout history. The Bible is relevant for us because the God who inspired the authors lives in us today by His Holy Spirit. The Bible is the written revelation of God’s word. It points the way to Jesus and emphasises the need for us to know him as the Way, the Truth and the Life, and to be his disciples.
We are created in God’s image, with freedom of choice and individually responsible for our lives, thoughts, and actions. We are also responsible for our lives together and the world we live in. We stand for gender and racial equality.
Sin is anything that that causes brokenness in our world and in our relationships with God and each other. We believe that everybody sins! But thanks to the faithfulness and breakthrough of Jesus in his death and resurrection we are all freely offered forgiveness from our sins, freedom from the lasting consequences of them and an inheritance as sons and daughters of God the Father - joint heirs with Jesus.
We adhere to the orthodox Christian Apostles and Nicene creeds.