First Principles

For some reason, churches can be distracted and forget what is basic to the Christian life. The tendency for an organisation to grow and then to lose sight of its original purpose occurs not just in churches but in other groups or bodies as well. We do well to remind ourselves of what is fundamental to the Christian faith.

At the centre of Christianity is the person, work and ministry of Jesus Christ. He is at the heart of the Eucharist. In that service, the first part celebrates the revelation of God in scripture and the second part the revelation of Christ through the sacrament of bread and wine.

Christianity is not only about worship, but also about being part of a community which cares and prays for the needs of others. In this way it is a body which looks beyond itself. William Temple, a former Archbishop of Canterbury, said that the church is the only organisation that exists for those who are not its members.

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