We are a community of people who follow Jesus based out of the western suburbs of the city of Launceston.
We believe that we exist to point people towards Jesus Christ and the life and love he offers us. We are a group of people of all different walks of life, backgrounds and generations. We are a community that strives to offer open hearted acceptance to all people as we follow Jesus together. All are welcome, whether you follow Jesus or not. We are a place where no one stands alone.
We are a spiritual hub equipping people for life and relationship. Healthy well-being consists of physical, emotional, social, mental and spiritual well-being. Often the one that gets overlooked is the spiritual. We were created with body, mind, soul and spirit. We were created to connect with someone beyond ourselves and at SBC, we want to help you connect to the life and love found in Jesus.
Our values are what shapes who we are and what we do. This is the engine room. This is the stuff that drives us to be a place of open hearted acceptance. Here are the Summerhill Six.
Everything starts and begins with God. We find peace only through placing our trust and confidence in the sacrifice of Jesus who has called us out of darkness and into light. We receive peace through being given a new identity and a new purpose; to partner with him to see his kingdom and rule established on earth as in heaven. Because it did not start with us or is based on our merit, we can be gracious and compassionate towards others.
God desires that we know what he is like. The Bible is an insightful book that reveals who God is, who we are, why the brokenness, why the beauty and how is God going to resolve it. We can trust the Bible; it is a collection of historical works of different genres that tell the same story across thousands of years. We can trust the Bible to be Gods word to help us grow into more Christ-like people.
We don’t exist to serve ourselves. We believe we have been blessed by God to bless others and just as Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve that is our purpose as well. We give our lives, both individually and collectively, to see the reality of God come to pass in our local and global community through reconciliation, justice, beauty and wholeness. This is the end we spend ourselves for.
We are all works in progress. We believe every person is made in the image of God, full of inherent worth and dignity. We also acknowledge every person is on a journey with God. We long to see every person grow in their awareness, understanding, knowledge and love of Jesus. We want to leverage teaching that helps in daily life, opportunities to serve others, significant relationships, pivotal circumstances and the rhythms and practices of Jesus so people grow in their wonder of who God is.
No person is an island or self-made. We believe we have been created by a God who is in constant perfect relationship and we are invited into deep, loving, transformative community. We believe that we are better together. We believe that when we live out open hearted acceptance well, it creates an atmosphere that is attractive and points to the reality that there is a God who loves us and makes a way for us to know him through Jesus.
Apart from God, we can do nothing. We believe that prayer connects and aligns us with the heart of God. We believe that with God all things are possible and we will pray big, hairy, audacious prayers because we believe God wants to do something incredible in this world. We will back up our prayers with audacious action because God has chosen to partner with humanity.