Vision & Beliefs

Our Vision


empowering ordinary people to live extraordinary lives

by enabling people to come to know Jesus as Saviour

and equipping people to live for Jesus as Lord



  • Visibility & Presence: Becoming more effective in enabling the people of Furzedown to know St. James is here!
  • Welcome & Hospitality: Becoming more effective in enabling people to feel ‘at home’ in St James
  • Worship & Teaching: Becoming more effective in enabling people to encounter God in our services
  • Mission & Evangelism: Becoming more effective in enabling people to explore the Gospel & become whole-life followers of Jesus
  • Nurture & Discipleship: Becoming more effective in enabling people to grow in faith and to live out the Gospel in everyday life
  • Children & Youth:Becoming more effective in enabling children & young people to know Jesus and to live for Him
  • Leadership & Governance:Becoming more effective in ensuring that our leadership & governance enables the vision to become a reality
  • Buildings & Resources:Becoming more effective in resourcing the vision with finance, buildings, people & prayer


Our Beliefs

St. James is a member of the Evangelical Alliance and holds to the EA Basis of Faith.

We believe in...

  • The one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
  • The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
  • The dignity of all people, made male and female in God's image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.
  • The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
  • The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
  • The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
  • The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
  • The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
  • The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers—given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit's gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
  • The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.






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