Our Vision

Here we set out our vision for the Church we believe God wants us to develop into at Woodhill.

Our vision recognises the need for every one of us to develop spiritually in our devotion to Jesus, as individuals and together as His Body.

Being wholly devoted followers of Jesus is central to the New Testament message and is summed up in our Mission Statement as a church:

Developing a Community Devoted to Jesus

 

Developing …

Everyone who has come to faith in Jesus Christ is at a different stage in their spiritual journey and needs to develop and mature in their faith. God's desire is that we become more and more like Jesus, but this will only happen as we invite and allow the Holy Spirit to cleanse, empower and lead us into the abundant life Jesus promised for all His disciples.

 

We believe that…

God’s plan for mankind is to make disciples of His Son Jesus Christ and, through the working of His Spirit, His word and His will, to conform us to His likeness and enable us to live as He did, that the world may see what God had in mind in and for creation. (Romans 8:29, Ephesians 1:3-10)
Jesus Christ calls us to follow Him in bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to earth as a present reality now by expressing His love and His life through us, His community, into our local community and far beyond. (Matthew 6:10, 5:13-16)
Intimacy with God is the right gifted to every believer so that we can have a deep assurance and inner witness to our faith which is evidenced in our quality of life in all circumstances because we have the Holy Spirit living in us! (Hebrews 10:19, John 17:3, Ephesians 1:13-14)

… a Community …

A Christ centred community is meant to be a living spiritual organism, not a religious organisation. Our life together begins through being chosen by Him and flows from abiding in Him.  Everyone is called to do their part, to build up the body by using their unique spiritual gifting and sharing their God-given resources.

 

We believe that…

God is calling us to develop a community centred on Jesus, believing Him to be the Son of God, obeying His teaching, receiving His forgiveness and empowered by the Holy Spirit, bearing witness by loving God, loving one another and loving our neighbours as ourselves. (Colossians 2:6, Acts 2:42)
Our calling in Christ is be a community without walls or barriers, where damaged and hurting people can come and feel accepted, loved and welcome to experience what it means to be part of God’s family of faith – united by the love of Christ and invited to join with us. (Ephesians 2:14, Philippians 2:1-4)
God’s family is inclusive in nature and diverse in content – young and old, married and single, single mums and dads, widows and widowers, divorced or separated, babies, infants, children, teenagers and young people –all are welcome at Woodhill. (Galatians 3:26-28, 1 John 2:13)

 

… Devoted to Jesus

In the Acts of the Apostles, we read that the early Christians devoted themselves to apostles’ teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer, making Jesus central to their lives. Jesus was a living presence among them by His Spirit and they recognised their commission to be His witnesses in and to the world, in order that men and women might come to faith in Him.

 

 

We believe that…

We are engaged in an awesome heavenly project, where God is seeking to bring His best into our worst, to bring healing and hope to this broken world so that by all means we might realise the fullness of living in His blessing. (Ephesians 3:10, 2 Peter 1:3)
We should be a community where healing and life transformation is a continual testimony to the active presence of the Holy Spirit, and a powerful witness to the power and truth of the Gospel in Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17-18, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
We will become ever more like Jesus, as we seek to follow His example of a life lived in perfect obedience to God, taking every opportunity to share our faith with those we meet by revealing in our daily lives the life and love that God has placed within us. (Matthew 22:37. John 17:20-21, Colossians 1:27)