Ultimately, a vision is something we are aiming for and aspiring to achieve. So that, as Christians, we are effective and productive; and our attitude is one of serving each other, the Bridport community, surrounding area and beyond.
Our Vision Statement:
Beacon Church, Bridport is committed to following Jesus Christ, living by and being led by the Holy Spirit and enjoying an intimate relationship with the Father by submitting ourselves to the authority of the Word of God. We are proactive in our faith and in our love for one another as family, working together to be ‘fishers of men’ and to equip the saints; empowering those called to stay and releasing those called to be sent. By doing this we believe we will be a ‘beacon’ in Bridport, to the surrounding area, to the nation and beyond: by ‘being light and bringing life.’
Beacon Church members are followers of Jesus Christ
Jesus of Nazareth was born in Bethlehem as a Jew, he grew in wisdom and stature, he wept, he ate, he bled and died a shameful criminal’s death on a Roman cross and was buried in a tomb; but three days later he was raised again overcoming sin and death. He was, and is, fully human – the son of man. He was, and is, also the son of God, being in very nature God, Jesus did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage. He is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Therefore, Jesus is fully man and fully God and it is through His life, death and resurrection that we now receive the forgiveness of sins and we can be reconciled to the Father and know the Father intimately, through the conviction and power of the Holy Spirit. It is in Him that we find our security, our significance, our identity, our freedom and it is through him that we are saved.
Beacon Church enjoys an intimate relationship with the Father
‘God is one’; this is made clear in scripture but what is also evident is that God is also three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each person is fully God, eternally equal but with different roles in the redemption plan of mankind; a covenant made before the beginning of creation. They are so united they are one, which is why we call this the Trinity. Jesus came so that we can be reconciled to the Father. By being ‘in Christ’ and Christ ‘in us’ we can now enjoy an intimate relationship with our perfect heavenly Father, and this is through the Holy Spirit.
Beacon Church lives by and is led by the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity, not hierarchical but eternally equal. He was sent, by the Son and the Father, in full submission, after raising Jesus from the dead. Jesus said “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth (John 14:16).” He is a person and can be grieved or blasphemed, but He helps the saints in our daily lives, He gives us boldness, He helps us to resist temptation, He gives us gifts that benefit the community, to know and experience the Father’s love, enabling us to cry ‘Abba, father’. Also, He helps us to know who we are in Christ, confirming our security, identity, and assurance, as well as washing us clean and bearing fruit in our character. Therefore, He is essential for all believers in every generation. Jesus illustrated the necessity of the Holy Spirit by saying that we need to be ‘born again’ by the Spirit to enter the kingdom of God.
Beacon Church lives by, and under, the authority of the Word of God
We believe the Bible is the Word of God or God Breathed. A book inspired by God, spoken to men and written down, to make known and reveal Him, to show us how to begin a relationship with Him and to develop that relationship further. The Word of God has authority to correct, teach, rebuke and train in all righteousness. Therefore, He is not a system of ethics, or an abstract philosophy but a dynamic and powerful transforming person.
Beacon Church members are proactive in their faith
By doing nothing – nothing happens. We are a church that is proactive in our faith. We believe in Baptism in water for believers, partaking in the Lord’s Supper (communion), the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the power of prayer, the power of fasting, the power of giving and the power of worshipping if it is all done to the glory of God, in faith and unconditional love. Not to earn salvation or favour but to seek God as children and to enjoy His presence. These are more of an outward expression of what God has done inwardly in our lives and in our hearts and not something we have to do but something we want to do.
Beacon Church members are family
We are a church, a body of believers, the bride of Christ and a temple to the living God. We are also a family. Therefore we are a church that believes in family, in honouring and promoting the biblical view of marriage, between a man and a woman (Gen. 2:21-25, Eph. 5:22-33) and singleness (Matt. 16:22) and the distinct roles within a family modelled by the Godhead, and the appropriate behaviour and unity that the brothers and sisters in the body of Christ look to uphold. We are also part of a wider family. We believe in the vision and values of New Frontiers (a global family of churches) and Commission, we look to their apostolic oversight, prophetic input, evangelistic encouragement, pastoral care and continual teaching. We are also part of a universal church and will look to be a blessing to other churches, as much as we can, without compromising our faith and convictions.
Beacon Church members are ‘fishers of men’
We are a church that works together to preach the Kingdom of God, love the poor, heal the sick and deliver people from darkness. By showing and demonstrating the love of God within the community of believers, within the community of Bridport and the surrounding areas.
Beacon Church equips the saints
We are a church committed to the equipping of believers through the encouragement to live a lifetime discipleship to Jesus Christ, outworked in meaningful love-filled relationships that build, encourage and comfort one another. Growing relationships that are honest and accountable; encouraging a radical pursuit of holiness in a grace-filled environment.
Beacon Church is releasing
We are a mission-minded church, filled with the Holy Spirits desire to glorify God locally, nationally and internationally. We want to be a part of God’s plans and purposes in the healing of individuals, communities and nations through the power of the gospel. This means releasing saints into the works of service that God has called them to.
Beacon Church is to be a ‘beacon’ to Bridport, the surrounding area, the nation and beyond
A beacon can be defined as follows: ‘A fire or light set up in a high prominent position as a warning, signal or celebration’. We are a church that seeks to be a ‘beacon’ in our nation and beyond, by the Grace of God. We want to be a warning to the lost and yet a signal of hope, and we want to celebrate God’s grace and as we run, eyes fixed on the prize, toward the ultimate celebration at the end of the age. As John witnessed in eternity ‘after this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb (Revelation 7: 9).’
Beacon Church : ‘being light and bringing life’
By looking to fulfill this vision we aim to be a light in the darkness and to bring life, both spiritual and physical, where there is death. We want to be light in the town of Bridport and beyond, as Jesus said in Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden,” because as Christians we are ‘called to live as children of light’ (Eph 5:8), and we are to ‘walk in the light’ (1 John 1:7). Both light and life are found only in Jesus Christ. Many times he said that he came to bring life. That means a full life here, as he said “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10), and he talks about the eternal life, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Therefore, by ‘being light and bringing life’ we hope, as a church, to ignite the revival flame that will spread across this nation, like a beacon, and across the seas, because “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).