The Salvation Army was created to save souls, build saints
and to serve suffering humanity.
The Salvation Army York Community Church exists to fulfill Jesus’ words in The Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-391) and The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-202).
This means that we are committed to loving God with our entire being and to loving our neighbour as ourselves, and to making obedient disciples of Jesus Christ.
We understand that we cannot truly love God unless we are obedient to his commands (John 14:213).
In order to accomplish our God-given purpose
- We will live lives of personal surrender to God and his purposes recognizing that our own personal goals, desires and comforts must be secondary to God’s purposes in our lives
- We will consider reaching unsaved people with the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ to be more important than our own personal preferences and comforts
- We will seek to be a people who all have a personal holiness experience through the in-filling of the Holy Spirit, who will conform our character to that of our Lord Jesus – producing abundant spiritual fruit (Galatians 5:22-23)
- We will be fully committed to teaching the Bible and to putting into practice all that it teaches
- We will seek to become people committed to and powerful in prayer, both privately and corporately
- We will encourage and equip all active members of our corps to
be actively involved in some form of ministry or service that suits their “SHAPE”
- S – Spiritual Gifts
- H – Heart (what things they are most passionate about)
- A – Abilities
- P – Personality
- E – Experience
- We will endeavour to build an inclusive community where all
people, regardless of age, sex, ethnic background or any other human trait, are
made to feel welcome, where they can experience Christian love and where they
are able to make meaningful relationships
- We will undertake ministry to the community that will seek to assist people in dealing with personal, social, or economic problems and that will help them to live a more fulfilled and productive life
1. And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself….” (Matthew 22:37-39 ESV)
2. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…. (Matthew 28:19, 20 ESV)
3. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me…. (John 14:21 NIV)
4. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)