Welcome and thank you for visiting our website today. Shoreline is a local church situated in the idyllic valley of Hout Bay. We are a people on God’s mission who are becoming like Jesus and inviting others to join us on the journey. Some of the terms we use may be unfamiliar to you and we will do our best to explain them in an easily understood way.
The landscape of churches in Cape Town has changed significantly since I (Craig) arrived here in 1988. Although Shoreline is an autonomous evangelical church, we are delighted to see growing healthy churches across the city in their many diverse expressions and count ourselves privileged to be a part of what God is busy building today.
Every local church should be able to answer these 4 questions: Who are we?; Why are we here?;In what way will we go about achieving our purposes? & What does the life of our church do to support the fulfilment of these purposes? We cover the answers to these questions in more detail on our Blueprint course which is for those considering whether this is the expression of church they should commit themselves to.
We don’t want the main reason for our existence to get lost in an abundance of information. So right upfront we explain what we consider to be the central purpose for this church under the article below entitled This One Thing. Reading it first will give you a greater clarity as to how all the other components of our existence piece together.
THIS ONE THING
Jesus takes centre stage in history. He walked this earth for thirty three years in a melting pot of cultures and prevailing worldviews. The result of his words and life leave no room for neutrality.
Jesus had a revolutionary effect on his committed followers and continues to do so two thousand years later. The Cross and Resurrection are the central acts of history. We do well then to pay attention to His life, both his words and actions on earth as well as His ongoing offer of life to every person (through embracing His Gospel of the Kingdom).
If there was one thing we could passionately give ourselves to, what would it be? Jesus said, “..but only one thing is needed..” (“..but one thing is necessary..” ESV- Luke 10:42). Mary had chosen to sit at Jesus’ feet, a posture adopted by disciples of rabbi’s in the day, despite it being culturally taboo for women. Jesus goes on to say, “Mary has chosen the good portion which will not be taken away from her.” In other words, just as the highest calling for any male was to be a disciple of the Messiah, so the arrival of Jesus broke open this previously held stronghold to embrace women to the same privileges of calling.
Paul, the apostle, wrote Phil 3:13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, Phil 3:14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. He was single minded in his pursuit of becoming like Christ. Just as Jesus called men and women to “Come follow me” while he was on earth, he continues to do so through the Holy Spirit today. Becoming like Jesus is the foremost call we have as believers. This call is enabled by being part of a church community and living by the good news of the Kingdom.