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Our Mission is to help people become active, committed followers of Jesus Christ.

People matter to God. That’s why we’re all about people too. Our beliefs come from the conviction that the Word of God is absolute, authoritative and applicable to us. The Bible is the story of God revealing Himself to His creation and how though Jesus we are reconciled to God from our rebellion.

At church@paravista our desire is to see people transformed by the grace of God through encountering the person and significance of Jesus Christ.

We Believe…

  • The whole Bible is inspired by God through the Holy Spirit and is the Christian authority for everything to be believed and practiced.
    2 Tim 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21
  • The sovereign God is one, in three co-equal eternal persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who act together in creation, providence and redemption.
    Matt 28:19, Col 1: 12-16
  • The Lord Jesus Christ in His incarnation was truly God and truly man. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His sacrificial death in our place, His bodily resurrection, His bodily return to heaven and His continuous role representing us before the Father.
    John 1: 1-14, 2 Cor 5:21, Rom 8:34, 1 Tim 3:16
  • The Holy Spirit is a Divine Person within the God head of Father, Son and Spirit, who has a necessary role in conversion, new birth and in setting us apart for God.
    John 3: 5-7, John 14: 16-18, John 15: 26
  • In Christ’s death and resurrection, He took our place, making full payment for our sin. For those who exercise faith in Christ, He secures forgiveness, a right relationship with God and everlasting life.
    Rom 3:23-26, 2 Cor 5:21, 1 Peter 1:3, 1 Peter 2:24
  • Humankind, originally created for a relationship with God, became sinful by nature and practice at the Fall (Gen 3) and is unable by any personal merit or effort to restore that relationship.
    Gen 1:26-31, Rom 3:23, Titus 3:3-7
  • Those who reject the gift of eternal life, available only in the Lord Jesus Christ, will be eternally separated from God.
    John 3:36, Rev 20:11-15
  • Biblically defined marriage as God created it is only between one man and one woman.
    Matt 19:4-6, Eph 5:31-32, Gen 2:22-24, Heb 13:4
  • Salvation is solely by the grace of God, through the work of God the Son and applied by the Holy Spirit. Salvation is a free gift accepted by faith and includes the forgiveness of sin, a new life, the removal of guilt, being set apart for God and conformity to the character of the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Eph 2:8-10, Rom 8:28-30
  • Every believer, regardless of social class, ethnicity or gender has direct access to pray to God and to
    worship Him through the sole mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Acts 10: 34-35, 1 Cor 12:13, Eph 2:16-18, 1 Tim 2:5
  • Satan is a real spiritual being who is opposed to God and His people. His ultimate purpose has been brought to nothing by the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Gen 3:1-15, Matt 4:1-11, Rev 20:10, Col 2:15
  • God has appointed all people to be raised from the dead, those who have been made right with God, through Jesus Christ, to everlasting life, and others to everlasting punishment.
    Matt 25:31-46, John 5:28-29, Rev 20:10-15
  • The Lord Jesus Christ will personally return for His people and will reign in righteousness.
    1 Thess 4:13-18, 2 Thess 2:1-8, Rev 22:12, 17-20
  • Believers’ baptism and the sharing of the Lord’s Supper are a regular and normal expression of Christian faith and fellowship.
    Matt 28:19-20, Luke 22:19-20, 1 Cor 11: 23-26
  • The Church is the company of all who receive new life through faith in Christ and are formed by His Spirit into one body, of which Christ is the Head. The church is commissioned to make disciples of all nations.
    Eph 3: 4-10, Matt 28: 19-20

It Is Our Vision

  • To share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all its aspects with the thousands of residents in the northeast of Adelaide. Acts 1:8
  • To continually welcome all peoples into the fellowship of our church family – worshipping, loving, labouring together in joyous harmony and in prayerful dependence upon God. Acts 2:41-47, Colossians 4:2
  • To be a fellowship where all people, including the hurting, the depressed, the frustrated and the confused can find love, acceptance, help, hope, forgiveness, guidance and encouragement. Isaiah 61:1-3, Matthew 5:3-4;11:28
  • To develop people to spiritual maturity; that is, obedience to God’s word and submission of every aspect of their lives to God. Ephesians 4:11-13
  • To equip and encourage every believer to actively engage in works of service through the use of their gifts and talents. 1 Corinthians 12:7; 12:18, Ephesians 4:12
  • To send out many career missionaries and church workers all around the world and empower every person for a personal life mission in the world. Matthew 28:19, Acts 1:8
  • To plant other churches nearby and further afield. Acts 14:21-23
  • To promote justice and mercy in our community and to speak out against the evils of society in a Godly manner. Isaiah 1:17, Amos 5:14-15, Mark 6:18

We believe this vision is consistent with what God wants for His church everywhere. It can be achieved at church@paravista only as we stand together.

As we are faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we value the following Christian distinctives as the way to grow in a closer relationship to God.

We Value…

  • A lifestyle that displays love for God and for one’s neighbours as normal for every Christian.
  • Prayer, Bible reading and sound teaching as essential for the spiritual growth of individuals and of the church.
  • Excellence and integrity in all things.
  • The recognition of spiritual gifts and their use for the building up of the church.
  • The development and use of spiritual leadership for maintaining a healthy church.
  • Relationships characterised by love, grace, unity and flexibility, in the life of the church.
  • Small group participation as the best means for the growth and care of believers.
  • Cultural relevance in harmony with doctrinal purity.
  • People matter to God and are to be served with the love of Christ.
  • The exercise of mercy and the promotion of justice at all levels of the community.

In themselves, these distinctives are good, but they do not provide salvation. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man, and we are called to believe upon Him for salvation, “for there is no other name by which men can be saved.” Acts 4:12