'So we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually we are members who belong to one another'
- Romans 12:5 (NET)
Metro Christian Centre, Bury & Whitefield is an independent Pentecostal church in affiliation with the Evangelical Alliance
Jesus at the centre of our lives, our church, our community and our world
WHO we ARE
Historically speaking, we are a Pentecostal community – and we still are. However, our community is a mosaic of people from different backgrounds and streams of tradition. So, although we believe the Pentecostal experience is still for today, we acknowledge that this experience is not limited to those who gather under a particular sub-heading of the Christian faith, and that ultimately, there’s only one heading we should be building community under – Jesus.
What we believe
We believe the hope of the Old Testament prophets came to pass in Jesus of Nazareth—God, who mysteriously became man, taking on the power of sin and death in the cross and overcoming it in his resurrection. Through Jesus, God has begun to make all things new. God’s good creation, once unravelling, is now being restored.
And we believe we’re a part of the project.
The New Testament claims that the church is the group of people who have embraced the way of Jesus, who have tasted his life, who have been sent into the world to announce that through Jesus everything is being restored. We are the people who are working alongside that restoration in our own lives, our church, our community and our world.
For that reason, empowered by God’s Spirit, and guided by our conviction that through Jesus God is reclaiming his world, we embrace a life characterised by:
Faith, in the God who is able to overcome everything that unravels our world.
Hope, that one day God’s restoration project will finally be complete.
And Love, for God, for people, and for the creation that God so desperately loves.
IS THAT IT?
Of course, the above statement does not say it all. You may be wondering about our particular stance on ‘this’ or ‘that’. But, although many of those concerns are valid and important, are they fundamental? Are they what we need to hold in common for community and body to come together?
Outside of these creeds, there’s latitude for difference of opinion and discussion.
Likewise, the Apostle Paul’s summaries in verses such as 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, and the poem included in Colossians 1:11b-23a, provide great historical focal points on the heart of the message of the work that God has done through Jesus Christ.