At Southern Beaches Anglican we want people to fully know and understand Gods plan for their life. Below is some explanations of words you might hear at Church or see on Church websites. Below that is some core foundational truths we believe at SBA. God wants people to understand His plan and so thats our hope on this page....
Here are some frequently asked questions:
What does Gospel mean? Simply: Gospel means "Good News" For Christians Gospel means the Good News about Jesus Christ coming to save us and totally transform our lives.
What is a Christian? A Christian is a follower or disciple of Jesus Christ. It means we believe in Jesus and trust Him to transform us and our life. We believe that faith in Jesus pulls a bunch of ordinary people together to do extraordinary things (The Church)
What is a Missionary? At SBA we believe we are all called to do the work God has prepared for us to do. This means serving our community and all people around the world. Whether you're jumping the back fence or going oversees, mission is what we are called to do. Mission is helping people in the community, mission is serving local community groups, mission is helping a mate thats having a hard time, mission is listening to a friend and sharing in their suffering, mission is doing all this and knowing the answer is for people to join the family of God and gaining the love and peace and joy that comes from our hope in Jesus and the new life he promises.
Why do Christians call themselves Family? The Bible tells us that we are all of equal value, we are all of equal importance and all work we do is equally important. We have all been given special gifts, by God, so that when we work together, as a family we can do much more for our community and for God. At SBA we truly believe as we come together as God's family we each have a responsibility to love one another, support one another and to encourage each other through this life on earth.
Are we really servants? At the heart of the Gospel message is a life of sacrifice. We have seen the ultimate act of sacrifice as Jesus gave up His life for ours. The Bible teaches us to love sacrificially in our friendships, our marriages, our families and in the community. We see the Church as people who serve the community and serve each other.
Some core foundational beliefs at SBA
About God: There is one unique and eternal God, who exists in an everlasting loving relationship of Father, Son and Spirit – one God in three persons. God is sovereign in all things: including creation, revelation, redemption, judgment and the establishing of his kingdom. As sovereign, loving creator and redeemer, he is worthy of all glory honour and praise.
About humanity: Men and women together are created in the image of God, and therefore enjoy relationship with God. Tragically, human nature is universally sinful since the Fall and all are guilty before God. This leaves us under the wrath and condemnation of God. We are unable to turn ourselves to God. About the Bible: The Bible is God’s words to us. It has supreme authority in all matters of faith, conduct and experience. Scripture is sufficient for knowing God. It is not only central to the well-being of the church but is able to thoroughly equip the Christian community for life, love, faith and hope. There is no other way to know God unless he reveals himself to us through His word.
About Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He is both fully God and truly human. He entered fully into human experience. He endured temptation and he suffered and died. He was perfectly obedient to God his father and so is our perfect example. Jesus took on himself the consequences of human sin. He died and was buried. On the third day he rose from the dead and is now exalted as ruler over all. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.
About salvation: There is only one name under heaven by which we can be brought into relationship with God: the name ‘Jesus Christ’. It is only through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, that the guilt, penalty and power of sin can be removed. In that death, God demonstrates his love to us most perfectly and establishes his victory over Satan and all his foes. The work of the Holy Spirit is necessary to make the death of Jesus effective in an individual’s life. The Spirit enables the sinner to repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ, so that salvation is entirely of God’s grace and not of human merit or works. Although we enjoy now the blessing of union with Christ and secure relationship with God, we await the return of Christ, the resurrection of our bodies, and life with him eternally. This is the great hope we have for the future.
About the Spirit in the believer’s life: The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the father and the Son and indwells all true believers. His role is to bring glory to Jesus Christ thus making Jesus Christ central in all things. The Spirit works in us to make us new, helping us to grasp the truth of Scripture, helping us to love others and giving us power to serve others. He grants his gifts to us individually but for the purpose of our gifts complimenting each others so as to build the church.
About the church: The visible church is the gathering of believers around Christ in his word. The local Church is where we gather in SBA, we as the people are the local Church. Not the building but the people gathered together as His Church. The universal Church is Christians all over the world working to grow Gods kingdom. At SBA we love Sunday and make much of Jesus on Sundays but we believe the Church is not only Sunday, its much more than that. The Church is the body of Christ gathered everyday, building each other up in love to grow His kingdom, for His glory.
At SBA the Church gathers in three distinct ways:
Gather in Missional Communities:
A Missional Community is a group of 8-14 (ideally) people who “gather” weekly in an autonomous expression of the Church. Typically this would be dinner followed by stories of life (testimony) or stories of experience (mission). Generally speaking MC’s would do 2 weeks under this plan followed by a “mission” event or dinner (invite friends and community). MC’s are basically a bunch of people who do:
Life on life: We see each other’s lives in the everyday stuff so that people know what it looks like to follow Jesus.
Life in community: ensures that a disciple looks more like Jesus. One on one discipleship will lead to a disciple looking like the one who discipled them. Community discipleship will lead to disciples looking more like Jesus.
Life on Mission: Both reveals areas of life that need gospel-led repentance and faith as well equips people on how to make disciples who make disciples. We MUST show disciples how to be disciple makers (Tell them and then show them how to do it)
Gather on Sundays:
At SBA we love Sunday gatherings. It really is the people of God “gathered” from life on mission to celebrate and share. Sunday gatherings are an opportunity to celebrate what God has done for us and what He is doing in the world. Sundays will have a distinctive look with focus on.
Preaching and teaching of the Word that we believe has the power to save and transform lives.
Sharing stories of God (testimony).
Celebration of what God is doing in our lives and the lives of our community.
Corporate prayer and worship.
Communion (sharing in the Lords supper together as family).
Opportunity for people to serve and love one another.
Sunday gatherings will be a vibrant and fun service that will be adapted to the communities we engage with. Service times and styles will be specifically designed for what the people want and what best suits the rhythms of life.
Gather in 3g Groups (Gospel Growth Groups)
The term 3g stands for Gospel Growth Group and thats exactly what its meant to be. Ideally consisting of three people of the same gender, these groups seek to know Jesus and make Jesus known, bring the gospel to bear on each other’s lives and grow to become more like Jesus. This is the predominant way discipleship happens and the intention of this groups is to grow leaders and make "disciple making" disciples. 3g groups meet in everyday life: In cafes, for lunch, a beer after work, around a firepot, on a bushwalk etc. etc. Its about doing and sharing life, together.
It's who we are: Not what we do....
We aren’t defined by what we do. We are defined by what God has done in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Once we know who we are, we know what to do, living out this new identity as:
Family: We live like a loving, healthy functioning Family. We support, love and encourage one another to live a life full of love, faith and hope in the future.
Missionaries: We are called to go and tell people about the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Servants: We serve each other; We serve others; We serve our community; We serve Jesus.
Disciples: We are disciples of Jesus who make "disciple making" disciples: Growing Gods kingdom for His glory.
"Love like Family, Live like Missionaries, Making Disciples as Servants of Jesus Christ"