Our Faith at St. Alban's
The God we know and worship is Father, Son and Spirit: the Holy Trinity
A prayer for Wilston
& St. Alban’s
Loving and faithful God,
through your Spirit,
gather us in peace and hope,
bless and protect us,
our friends and families,
our community of Wilston and
and our church community
of St. Alban’s, we pray;
And strengthen and uphold us
in the way that is before us;
For the love of your son Jesus Christ,
Christianity and Anglicans
What is a Christian?
Christians are people who have responded to the good news brought by Jesus Christ, believing that in Jesus, God has come among us, sharing our joy and our pain, and bringing the offer of new life and wholeness to us and our world.
Who is Jesus?
Christians speak of Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
During Jesus' early life, nearly 2000 years ago, many people found in him:
- a new closeness to God;
- forgiveness of their sin and failure;
- the beginnings of life in abundance.
Jesus accepted death on the cross for each of us, was raised to new life at Easter, and has sent the Holy Spirit to strengthen and encourage us.
What is he Church?
Being a Christian means being baptised into the church, which is the body of Jesus Christ in the world today. We share communion with Christ and with one another in the Eucharist (Holy Communion), the family meal of the Christian community.
What is Baptism?
We begin our Christian journey by being baptised with water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We are brought into a new and intimate relationship with God the Father by the coming of Jesus Christ and through the work of the Holy Spirit.
The God we know and worship is Father, Son and Spirit: the Holy Trinity.
What is the Bible?
The Bible is a collection of books which Christians accept as God's word, interpreted by inspired writers at different stages of history.
It comprises the Old and New Testaments.
The Old Testament contains writings about God's will for created order being lived out in ancient civilizations, and is part of a heritage shared with Judaism and Islam.
The New Testament section of the Bible details the revelation of Jesus Christ who is the Messiah.
Writings about the life and works of Jesus, his cross and resurrection, the coming of the Holy Spirit and the life of the early church shows us God's will for all people.
(Information Supplied by Canon Dr Don Edwards, BD, PhD, Grad Cert Ed )
Principles of Biblical Stewardship
The principle of ownership
Psalm 24 - The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.
This is the fundamental principle of biblical stewardship. God owns everything, we are simply managers or administrators acting on his behalf.
The principle of responsibility
We are called as God's stewards to manage that which belongs to God. While God has graciously entrusted us with the care, development, and enjoyment of everything he owns as his stewards, we are responsible to manage his holdings well and according to his desires and purposes
The principle of accountability
A steward is one who manages the possessions of another. We are all stewards of the resources, abilities and opportunities that God has entrusted to our care, and one day each one of us will be called to give an account for how we have managed what the Master has given us.
The principle of reward
Mathew 25:21 - Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!
We need to be faithful stewards of all God has given us within the opportunities presented through his providence to glorify him, serve the common good and further his Kingdom.