We at GRN Australia accept and proclaim the historic truths of the Christian faith,
including the following:
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We hold that the Lord our God is one:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
and that he fulfils his sovereign purposes
in creation, revelation, redemption, judgement,
and the coming of his kingdom –
by calling out from the world a people
united to himself and to each other in love.
We acknowledge that though God made us
in his own likeness and image,
conferring on us dignity and worth
and enabling us to respond to himself,
we now are members of a fallen race;
we have sinned and come short of his glory.
We believe that the Father
has shown us his holy love
in giving Jesus Christ, his only Son, for us,
while through our sinfulness and guilt,
we were subject to his wrath and condemnation;
and has shown his grace
by putting sinners right with himself
when they place their trust in his Son.
We confess Jesus Christ as Lord and God;
as truly human, born of the virgin Mary;
as Servant, sinless, full of grace and truth;
as only Mediator and Saviour, dying on the cross in our place,
representing us to God,
redeeming us from the grip, guilt and punishment of sin;
as Victor over Satan and all his forces,
rising from death with a glorious body,
being taken up to be with his Father,
one day returning personally in glory and judgement
to establish his kingdom.
We believe in the Holy Spirit
who convicts the world of guilt in regard to sin,
righteousness and judgement;
who makes the death of Christ effective to sinners,
declaring that they must now turn to Christ in repentance,
and directing their trust towards the Lord Jesus Christ;
who through the new birth
makes us partake in the life of the risen Christ, and
who is present within all believers,
illuminating their minds to grasp the truth of Scripture,
producing in them his fruit,
granting to them his gifts, and
empowering them for service in the world.
We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures
are God-breathed, since their writers spoke from God
as they were moved by the Holy Spirit; hence
are fully trustworthy in all that they affirm; and
are our highest authority for faith and life.
The Church and its Mission
We recognise the Church
as the body of Christ,
held together and growing up in him; both
as a total fellowship throughout the world, and
as the local congregation in which believers gather.
We acknowledge the commission of Christ
to proclaim the Good News to all people,
making them disciples, and
teaching them to obey him;
We acknowledge the command of Christ
to love our neighbours,
resulting in service to the church and society,
in seeking reconciliation for all with God and their fellows,
in proclaiming liberty from every kind of oppression; and
in spreading Christ’s justice in an unjust world
…until he comes again.
Our statement of beliefs was adopted by the Scripture Union International Council at Harare, Zimbabwe
in May 1985. Used by permission.
Our Core Values
At GRN, all that we stand for and all that we do is built on immovable truths found in God’s Word.
1. The necessity of the Gospel
Without the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ, people are eternally separated from God. The Gospel is the power of God for the Salvation of everyone who believes (Rom 1:16). And, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom 10:13). Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
2. Dependence on God
Faith in God and dependence on Him has been built into the fabric of the mission since its foundation. This is demonstrated in our commitment to prayer as the primary strategy for every aspect of our mission. Every other strategy must follow prayer and be consistent with the values of the Kingdom of God. We do not shy away from the great challenge of our vision. With God, all things are possible.
3. The value of hearing the message
“Faith comes from hearing the message” (Rom 10:17). For those who do not, cannot or will not read, hearing may be the only way they can receive the word of God. Even for many who do read, hearing the message, communicated in culturally appropriate ways, under the power of the Holy Spirit, can have a profound impact. Recordings are one effective way of enabling people to hear the message.
4. Concern for small people groups
No people or language group will be ruled out of GRN’s strategy simply because of its size. If research indicates that recordings are needed for a people group to hear the Gospel, with God’s help, GRN will work to meet that need.
5. An attitude of thankful praise
We take to heart the Scriptural injunctions to be joyful always and give thanks in all circumstances
(1 Thess. 5:16-18). It is our desire to reflect the joy of the Lord, even under difficult circumstances.