Milestone is a fresh expression of church in Girvan.
We are committed to living out the commands of Jesus, loving God, loving Girvan and loving one another, devoting ourselves to being a community of God's Word and calling.
We know that people who have encountered God's truth lead changed lives, and we are dedicated to providing a place where God's people can minister to each other and to the town of Girvan.
Jesus taught that the greatest commandment was to "love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.". Worship is central to Milestone, with key expressions being:
The second great commandment, according to Jesus, was to "love your neighbour as yourself.". We love the people of Girvan, and work to express our love through practical ministry:
Later, Jesus gave his followers a new commandment: "that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another". Milestone is a place for us to share life together as disciples of Christ. As well as the usual informal connections you'd expect among friends, some of the ways we seek to love one another are:
God is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. He has eternally existed in 3 personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. He is Love. He is Light. He is Spirit. Genesis 1:1, 26-27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 2Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2.
He is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. He is creator of all things. He was born of a virgin. Lived a sinless life. Offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sins by dying on the Cross. He rose miraculously from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and sits on the throne as our High Priest. He will return again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and we shall reign with Him. Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13.
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is a real person and is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved which is used by Him in ministry. As Christians we seek to live under His daily control. John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; 2Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18.
The Bible is God’s Word to us. Human authors, under the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit wrote it. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian belief and living. Because God inspires it, it is the truth without any mixture of error. 2Timothy 1:13, 3:16; 2Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5.
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has the tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience towards God called “sin”. This means we fall short of God’s standard. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23.
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sins by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness, can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1.
God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ and so the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” your salvation. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God and not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and power of God that gives us this security. John 10:28-29; 2Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1Peter 1:2-5
People were created to exist forever. We have an immortal soul. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in unison with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. John 3:16-18, 5:24-29, 11:23-25; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 10:28, 11:33, 24:42-51. Luke 16:19-31.