Our 'Statement of Faith'

 

 On this page you would normally find a carefully sculpted series of statements such as these:

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Yes! We wholeheartedly subscribe to these statements above. However, none of these statements can actually make a person a Christian - no matter how carefully they have been worded or how many times they are repeated. Unfortunately Christianity has become all about words and if you have the 'right' words, you are a Christian... That's bizarre!

Christianity is an intimate oneness with God, Him indwelling us by His Holy Spirit. Christianity is Christ-in-you. We endorse the idea of 'Statements of Faith' but a church can have a brilliantly written statement of faith - like most traditional churches have - but it can be completely disconnected from what takes place on ground level in the actual churches, completely devoid of the presence of the Living God. In this way a fine-sounding 'Statement of Faith' simply becomes window-dressing and creates a false sense of security for those who want to be reassured that their church is 'theoretically' or 'doctrinally' on the right track. Sadly, Christianity has indeed deteriorated into knowing a lot of theory, as if we are going to write a doctrinal entrance exam to get into heaven..!

Rather, the only way to see whether a church is in fact an authentic Christian Church is not to study their carefully worded Statement of Faith, but to investigate whether God is actually present, that He is speaking to that gathering of His people with a revealed Word every week, and that those who fellowship there are clearly being transformed by the power of the indwelling Spirit of God in their midst, being fed on the Living Word and not mere human words.

Our heavenly Father is a person to whom we relate - we do not relate to an "it" such as a religious organisation or doctrinal statements. This is a personal and dynamic oneness with God through Christ who is in us and we in Him and this oneness should be visible to all - especially when we are under pressure!

 Join with us as we study God's Word and fellowship in the joy of His presence."In order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." Colossians 2:3.  

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