Values are the things that we deem important, and which constitute the foundations for our decisions, behaviours and lifestyles, motivations and aspirations. As a community of Christian disciples at Tiptree, we aspire to be, in our everyday lives: worshipful, welcoming, relevant, authentic, and faithful.
The Gospel is as relevant today as ever (Hebrews 13:8). God wants each of us to have a relationship with Him. He has revealed through His Word a way to live, and when we make a commitment to Jesus Christ, He gives us His Spirit to enable us to work out that commitment. (John 10:10).
Hospitality is a continuing theme in the Bible (Romans 12:13). We seek to be a welcoming church, open to forming new and lasting friendships, and showing our love for one another in practical ways.
As a church, and as individuals it is important to us that we are ‘real’ about the problems we face, as well as our joys, disappointments, hopes and plans. We all need to support and encourage each other, and be open to receive help when offered. (2 Timothy 3:16).
If we confess a faith in Jesus Christ, it follows that faithfulness should be feature of our relationships (Galatians 5:22-23): to God; our natural family; and the Church family. It is shown in the nature of our commitment, behaviours and attitudes.
God created us to worship Him alone, but because of sin our natural inclination is to put other things first. We are again called to worship God in response to His love, in particular the salvation we have in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:12).
Above all, by developing a close relationship with God, enjoying what we do, and learning to experience life in all its fullness, we seek to communicate our Christian faith to others.