St Pauls & Barnabas is part of the Anglican Diocese of Conner (Church of Ireland). As such our worship (way of getting to know Jesus) is based around the rhythms of Common Prayer in a very informal fashion.
"The Spirit of God leads the people of God to submit to the Word of God."
SPB is a very informal Church family and part of the Evangelical Stream of Anglicanism, which means we have some key distinctions:
THE WORD: It is only by the word of God that the good news of Jesus is made known and alive by the Holy Spirit. That is why the Scriptures are so important in the life of SPB; our rhythms of worship are shaped by them, they nurture our faith, and our following of Jesus is made known through them. The word of God helps us live today and discern what God is calling us to tomorrow.
PREACHING & TEACHING: We emphasise the word of God being preached and explained each Sunday to help people encounter Jesus and know what it means to live for him.
DISCIPLESHIP: it is not just about coming to faith but learning to live out our faith as we sit at the feet of Jesus and seek to understand his ethics and live it out. To be a follower of Jesus means more than just trusting him as, Lord and saviour; it means that we identify with his way and teaching. Those things are often summed up in the Imagery of the Kingdom. Thus, when we come to faith we don't just wait for Jesus to come again; no, we put into practice the things he has taught us through his word in the Power of the Holy Spirit. We don't just live in the Kingdom. We live out the Kingdom where God has placed us. That means we seek to grow in our faith and God's giftings. Discipleship then is nurturing the gift of faith that God has given us in the community of the Church and then naturally living it out so that others can know the hope that is ours.
PRAYER: To be an evangelical Anglican is to be a person who loves praying. Whether it is through the Book of Common Prayer, Daily Offices, or Collect - Prayer and The Word shape our worship. Prayer at SPB is the air we breathe as we walk with God and talk to him. As Timothy Keller put it "Prayer is how God gives us so many of the unimaginable things he has for us. Indeed, prayer makes it safe for God to give us many of the things we most desire. It is the way we know God, the way we finally treat God as God. Prayer is simply the key to everything we need to do and be in life.”
MISSION: An Anglican Bishop once reminded the church that he was preaching in that the church was the only organisation in the world that existed for those who did not belong to it. The mission is not just something we think about, it is who we are as we seek to fulfil the call of the great commission - to go and make disciples. As a church, we are committed to reaching our locale and the city of Belfast with the good news of Jesus so that people can discover that which they were made for - relationship with God. Additionally, as a Church, we love that we are part of a global church family in the Anglican Communion and we remember that our call is not just local but global as we seek to resource and support Kingdom work across the globe. As John Stott reminds us: "We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God."
COMMUNITY: The Christian faith is not something that can be done alone, we walk the road of the Cross with Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit and with one another. That means the Church is family! At SPB we seek to nuture and grow that sense of community as we gather on a Sunday for Worship and fellowship after, and regularly throughout the week as we meet in different ways to support one another. Church is Community and we would love for you to join us.
Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.