Our Core Values
We believe that Romans 12 provides a model for how to be a follower of Jesus, how to be a church that is part the body of Christ, and how to be Christ’s body in the world.
To help us to live by this model everything we do is underpinned by the following values:
Worship is at the heart of everything we do.
Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1
Prayer is essential as we seek to do God’s will.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12
We were designed to be in relationship with God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and with each other; and so naturally we are better when we seek to develop our relationships.
Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:4-5
The Lord has a unique plan for each of us, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jerimiah 29.11). By following Jesus we will grow into that plan and we will discover fullness of life.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
Hospitality is at the root of fellowship. We seek to befriend and encourage. Everyone can expect a warm welcome at St Francis’ Bramley.
Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:13
Giving financially is one of the key ways in which we can respond to God. When we give to God, we are really giving back what is already his. When we give to God, we are recognizing his generosity to us in delivering us from evil. When we give to God, we are expressing our adoration to God for his greatest gift, Jesus Christ.
In the Old Testament, the minimum amount required was 10% (the tithe) and that extended to everything they owned (Leviticus 27:30). The tithe was also used to support the Levites, the priestly tribe – who, in turn, had to give 10% of what they had received. To withhold the tithe was to steal what rightly belonged to God. In addition, when the people of God were blessed, they responded to give on top of their tithe.
In the New Testament, we have seen that God has been even more generous in sending us his Son. If anything, then, our response should be even more abundant. While some New Testament teachings are superseded by what was taught in the Old Testament, tithing is not, and actually Jesus endorsed tithing (Matthew 23:23). Without getting legalistic about it, the tithe remains as a standard to measure giving against.
If you would like to support the ministry of the church financially, please get in touch via the contact us page or pick up a giving form in church. Thank you.