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Greetings

Pastor's Welcome

On behalf of everyone at our church I welcome you to our website. Our church started as a small group meeting for Bible study and prayer on Sunday evenings in April 2011. Our vision is to become a beacon church of Bible teaching and Bible example for people living in the southern suburbs of Cape Town.

We hope to accomplish this by re-discovering and embracing the priorities of the early church described in Acts 2. Founded by those who were closest to Jesus during his earthly ministry.

We would love for you to join with us in realising this vision.

Simon Clegg

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What to expect on Sunday Morning

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Welcome

We extend a warm welcome to everyone who attends St Barnabas. This is expressed in a personal greeting by one of the members at the door as you arrive. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our service or the other ministries we offer.

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Preparation

Please sit anywhere – there are no reserved seats – and we recommend that you take a moment or two before the service to ask God to meet with you during our time together. As the service begins, the leader reminds us why we have gathered and will open in prayer.

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Music

Although Christians are to worship God in every area of their lives, singing praises to God is one of the ways we can thank Him for His grace and mercy, point one another to the abundant truths of the Bible and respond to the way these truths impact our lives.

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Prayer

We place special emphasis on the importance of prayer in the life of the church. Prayer is the particular privilege given to Christians enabling them to respond to what God says in His Word and bringing all their concerns to Him, confident that He will grant everything that is for their highest good.

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Sermons

We believe that God gathers and shapes His people through the preaching of His Word. Our sermons aim to teach the theme of a passage of Scripture and consider how it applies to our lives today. Usually we follow a section of one Bible book for several weeks in order to trace the development of a particular doctrine or theme.

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Afterwards

After the sermon we will sing a closing hymn in response to God’s Word. There is then an chance to meet together over tea or coffee and get to know each other better. It is our prayer that godly relationships will develop in the church family so that we can encourage each other in our walk with Christ.

What We Believe

The Gospel

The Gospel is not simply information. It is a proclamation from God concerning His Son, Jesus Christ. This proclamation is for everyone and it demands a response. “And this is God’s command: to believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and to love one another as He commanded us. 1 John 3:23

This means we cannot be neutral about Jesus. God commands us to believe in Him, which means that our response has real consequences. His incarnation, His teaching and miracles, His death and His astonishing resurrection are historical events recorded by eye-witnesses and we must decide whether we believe them or not. Either we deny that He came or we believe. Either we look away from his death or we look on it in repentance. Either we reject the belief that Christ rose from the dead or we subscribe to it.

To aid you in your consideration of the gospel, we offer a link to a multimedia presentation of this proclamation from Matthias Media entitled Two Ways to Live. We hope that this presentation answers some of your questions about God and His claim on your life. Please take a few moments to read it and consider where you stand. Remember, your soul will live forever. Are you ready for eternity?

Doctrinal Statement

The basis of our Fellowship shall be the fundamental truths of Christianity, as revealed in Holy Scripture, including:

1.There is one God in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

2.God is sovereign in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement.

3.The Bible, as originally given, is the inspired and infallible Word of God. It is the supreme authority in all matters of belief and behaviour

4.Since the fall, the whole of humankind is sinful and guilty, so that everyone is subject to God's wrath and condemnation

5.The Lord Jesus Christ, God's incarnate Son, is fully God; he was born of a virgin; his humanity is real and sinless; he died on the cross, was raised bodily from death and is now reigning over heaven and earth.

6.Sinful human beings are redeemed from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death once and for all time of their representative and substitute, Jesus Christ, the only mediator between them and God

7.Those who believe in Christ are pardoned all their sins and accepted in God's sight only because of the righteousness of Christ credited to them; this justification is God's act of undeserved mercy, received solely by trust in him and not by their own efforts.

8.The Holy Spirit alone makes the work of Christ effective to individual sinners, enabling them to turn to God from their sin and to trust in Jesus Christ.

9.The Holy Spirit lives in all those he has regenerated. He makes them increasingly Christlike in character and behaviour and gives them power for their witness in the world.

10.The one holy universal church is the Body of Christ, to which all true believers belong. The Church, both local and universal, is given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.

11.The Lord Jesus Christ will return in person, to judge everyone, to execute God's just condemnation on those who have not repented and to receive the redeemed to eternal glory.