Spiritual Objectives

Fair Havens Community Church Spiritual Objective

The spiritual objectiveis defined thus; By achieving our mission statementthrough pursuit of our core valueswe pray that our visionwill be fulfilled for His Name’s sake.

The FHCC mission statementis summarized in Phil 3:10, ‘I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His suffering, becoming like Him in His death.’ As believers we seek to know God experientially. True knowledge of the living God is a thirst for Christ. Such knowledge must alter and change the believer, his judgments and attitudes, and renew him daily, increment by increment in the image of Christ. We live out our lives in the power of His resurrection life, which is our life too by faith. The believer prefers Christ above all, knowing that it is better for us to be without all worldly riches, than without Christ and His Word. We are made conformable to Christ’s death, when we die to sin, as he died for sin; and the world is crucified to us and we to the world, by the cross of Christ.

We maintain our mission while holding to our core valuesof;

  1. (1)  Glorifying God​: It is to this end we were made as creatures. Ps. 86:12; Rev. 5:12. As the redeemed, we worship and praise our Heavenly Father because of His glorious grace so freely bestowed upon us in Christ. Eph. 1:6. We worship Him as the immutable, eternal, almighty, infinite, most holy and wise sovereign who works all thing according to His unchangeable and righteous will for His own glory. We glorify Him because He is a most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, overflowing in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity and is the rewarder of them who diligently seek Him. Rom.11:36; Ex. 3:14; Jer.10:10; 23:23; John 4:24; Mal. 3:6; Ex. 34:7; Heb.11:6.
  2. (2)  Christ centeredness​: The preaching of the cross of the Christ is paramount. 1 Cor.1:18; Col.1: 20; 2 Tim. 4:2. Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5:6. He died for our sin 1 Cor 15:3. He died in our place. Redemption is offered by means of His sacrificial atonement through faith in His blood Rom. 3:24b-25. Gospel preaching must make a claim upon man in his deepest being, in his heart, in the centre of his self-determination and thus places before him a radical decision which is the demand of faith. Faith, thus receiving and resting on Christ and His righteousness, is the sole instrument of justification before a holy God. Faith is not dead, nor sterile, but works by love Gal. 5:6.
  3. (3)  Yielded to the Spirit​: Since He is the wellspring of our life in Christ Rom. 8:9-11. Necessary for intercession with the Father Rom.8:26. Necessary for guidance. 1 Cor 2:10; 2 Peter 1:21; and helping us in our weakness Rom.8:26 as well as for bearing spiritual fruit Gal. 5:22 and leading a holy life Eph. 1:4; 2 Thes. 2:13; Gal. 5:16.
  4. (4)Subject to Scripture-the Revealed Word of God​: We acknowledge the four marks of scripture. Its necessity as the only instruction of illuminating of the way of eternal Life in Christ 2 Tim. 3:15-17; Gal.1:8-9. Its sufficiency as the only source of the knowledge of God. 2 Tim. 3:15-17; Isa. 8:20; Eph. 2:20. Its clarity so that under the leading of the power of the Spirit, Scripture is its own interpreter (analogia Scripturae) so that the central comprehensive message is clear to the body of believers 2 Peter 1:20-21; Acts 15:15-16; 1 Cor. 2:10-13. Since the Word is necessary, sufficient and clear we are to submit humbly and obediently to its redemptive authority. It is to this authority that the church itself must yield 2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Tim.3:16
  5. (5)Persevering in Prayer​: The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much James 5:16. Prayerlessness is a sign of unbelief. Prayer pleases God Prov. 15:8 Prayer is our duty Mk.11:25 and our privilege Phil. 4:6-7 through which God blesses and strengthens us.
  6. (6)Practical Holiness: It is commanded by God 1 Peter 1:16, “Be ye holy...” It is lifestyle 2 Tim. 1:9. It is required in the service of God and hence is pleasing to Him Rom.12:1. Above all, in the life of the believer it is practical. It is manifested in loving action to the disadvantaged and needy in our midst James 1:27.
  7. (7)Sold on Love​: Love is the effective motive for God sending His Son to save sinners John 3:16; Eph.1:4. His supreme love is the example for us. It is the Lord’s command to his disciples. ‘to love one another’ John 13:34-35. Our pedigree as Christ’s followers is evident, as we too love one another. It is a powerful witness to the unbelieving world of the genuineness of our faith in Christ and of changed lives. Love is action! It is sacrificial to the point of death. It is not self-servicing. When love is exercised in this manner it is evident that we belong to Christ. 1 John 3:16-20. 
  8. (8)Joyful Fellowship​: True fellowship begins in the Triune God 1 John 1:3; 2 Cor.13:14. This fellowship is the privilege of all believers because they are joined to Christ and is the reason for the fullness of their joy 1 John 1:4. It is a faithful fellowship that remains constant in good times and in the tough times Phil. 3:10 because our fellowship is through Him and that can never be broken.

By living out our mission statement through adhering to our core values, we seek God willing to fulfil the vision.

Our vision is to see our church consumed with a passion for the exalted Christ, committed to the goal of evangelism and living consistent loving, holy lives that are empowered by the Holy Spirit. Equip the saints and let them loose in His name and by His power and though His Spirit.

Our vision is to see Christ proclaimed as the crucified Saviour so that men would be changed from the darkness of this world into the ‘light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ’ 2 Cor. 4:6. Whether at home or on the mission field it is our desire for men to come to know the Living God through encountering the crucified Christ and then to walk with Him, the Risen Lord and Saviour in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Prepared by Dr WB McNaull (Chairman of FHCC Board) for consideration at the 18 October 2005 meeting by the combined Board.
Revised 9 November 2015