Jesus - Community - Creativity
There are four aspects to our vision at the Bear: Bible, Engagement, Adoration and Relationship
Bible: Understanding the Bible as God's word pointing the way to Jesus.
Engagement: Expressing God's love for people regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, race or ability.
Adoration: Encouraging a corporate and individual lifestyle of worshiping God.
Relationship: Facilitating an atmosphere of unconditional love and creating a sense 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.
God is the creative source of all that is made and He continues to hold all things in His hands.
Jesus was born as a man to the virgin Mary - he is both man and God. He lived a sinless life and was killed by crucifixion at the hands of men and women. In His death Jesus took on himself the full consequence of sin. Yet he rose from the dead on the third day 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 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 same God that inspired the authors to write it lives in us today by His Holy Spirit. The Bible is God’s word pointing the way to Jesus and emphasises the need for us to find salvation in Jesus and become more like him.
We are created in God’s image, with freedom of choice and individually responsible before God for our lives, thoughts, and actions. We are all responsible for our lives together and the world we live in. Sin is when we fall short of God’s perfect plan. We are all guilty of sin but, thanks to the faithfulness of Jesus, are freely offered complete forgiveness and an inheritance as sons and daughters of God the Father - joint heirs with Jesus.