We believe in Jesus, and that he revealed himself as the Word of God “become flesh” (from the Gospel of John) and as “the exact likeness of the unseen God” (in one of the letters of the apostle Paul).
He did a lot of radical teaching about the love of God and his grace, and about how that works in God’s scheme of things. “Good News” like this, for instance:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
The Gospels report that the teachings of Jesus really upset the authorities, and that they had him killed, presumably hoping that would put an end to his ideas. But it didn’t go to plan. Jesus’s followers, instead of being defeated and demoralised, suddenly found a new energy and confidence to tell the “Good News” of Jesus. This spread around the Roman Empire, challenging it and transforming how many people thought and behaved. Arguably, Jesus changed the world, and his followers say this happened because he had risen from the dead. Difficult to believe, for sure, but it’s also difficult to believe that something that didn’t happen could change so much.
There’s lots more, of course! The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are full of both challenging and comforting stories, parables and teaching. The associated letters of Paul, John and Peter and others, we believe, add to our understanding of the “Word made flesh”, and the “Light of the World”.
They all help to show how everyone can become part of God’s mission to “put the world to rights” — which isn’t easy, as it involves each of us letting go of our own egos and agendas. But Jesus said he’d be with us, and in us, to make it possible – if we do let go.
So all that’s at the centre of what we believe, but the Good News has lots of exciting things that follow from it. If you’d like to explore more of that with us, we’d love to hear from you!