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.
- 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