The life and work of Christ culiminated in his death on the Cross. There Jesus became the Lamb of God who died to atone for the sins of those who put their trust in him. If you make him your Saviour then he must also be your Lord and that means you become one of his disciples – followers – with all that entails.
We are convinced that ordinary believers are meant to have a supernatural impact wherever they go by following Jesus. His core message of Jesus was outlined in an incident described in Luke 4. Jesus saw himself as someone anointed with the Spirit of God to accomplish the following purposes:
preach THE good news to those in distress
heal the broken-hearted
set the captives free and
proclaim liberty to the captives.
The first thing that Jesus needed ordinary religious people to do, was to receive him and draw on his anointing to get their own lives sorted out and cleaned up through obedience to his words. He gave his followers and by implication later generations of believers, the same commission and the power to accomplish it. So through the power that only God the Father can give, we help people to get free and healed and we help them to help others in the same way.
Most people have never heard this message, preached, taught and demonstrated. Where people have heard about the Christian faith, it is often reduced to a matter of intellectual assent or dogmatic belief. We believe it is about having life in all its fullness – but to experience that life, you need to be free and healed. And you need to live a lifestyle of service to others.
Are you looking for a statement of faith? What do these people believe or stand for? Well we would agree with the historic creeds of the church, and are aligned with all the beliefs of the evangelical alliance that express the orthodox Christian faith that is shared by the universal church. Below is a statement of faith and ministry principles that we seek to instil in those we disciple.
Statement of faith
Vision & Mission
Salvation is only the beginning: restoration back into the image of God is the end goal. It is God’s working but we cooperate with him: His goal is the perfection of our body, soul and spirit. This enables us to “be fruitful and fill the earth” with expressions of the goodness of our creator (Romans 8:29, 1 Thess 5 & Gen 1).
All the people who confess Christ as Lord form the Church – his tangible body. It should be “a radiant Church, …holy and blameless” (Eph 5:27).
Grace enables us to live sanctified holy lives (2 Peter 3:18).
When our will is aligned with his Word, then he leads us into encounters and processes that restore, heal and empower.
We want to see every disciple grow into “maturity and the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13).
We love one another. We live transparently (1 John 4:12 & 2 Cor 6:11).
We eat together and share testimonies of what God has done in and through us (Acts 2:46).
We are doers not just hearers of the Word (James 1:22).
We are learning to resist the devil, flee temptation and turn from sin. We exhort and correct one another according to the scriptural imperatives to do so.
We learn by observation and imitation, practice and feedback so that we may become fully trained (Luke 6:40 & 1 Cor 11:1).
We are generous and cheerful in giving to express and expand the kingdom of God.
We recognise and encouraging the callings and anointings in people’s lives
We respect godly leadership, and grow in authority through faithfulness
We are proactive in communication; promoting reconciliation and fellowship (Matt 5:24 & 1 John 1:7).
We are to make disciples by teaching them to obey all Jesus commanded(Matt 28). Therefore, we must know and practice the Commands of Christ.
Is a doctrinal principle evident in both Testaments as well as in teaching/life of Jesus and of the Apostles? If not we won’t major on it.
Kingdom Demonstration: We do not separate the Proclamation from the Presence. We believe King Jesus wants to release His Kingdom through His Body speaking His Word.
Faith is the channel or connection by which God’s power flows into our lives. Testimony strengthens the connection or broadens the channel. The Holy Spirit works in all believers enabling faith.
Anointing refers to a call and an empowerment of the Holy Spirit, given for the purpose of spiritual ministry (Luke 4:14-18).
Christ operates through His Body so we often receive from Him by receiving from one another.
We minister to bring restoration to body, soul and spirit as per the Messianic anointing (Luke 4:14-18).
We minister in accordance with our giftings and level of faith but aim to go from measure to fullness.
We never value giftings over character. Seeing God’s grace and gifts working through us is the biggest motivation to live righteously and develop good character.
We involve the person being ministered to by honouring them and respecting their will.
Jesus said “Go into all the world … and these signs will follow those that believe…”
Signs follow in our ministry because we believe this message is for us too: People are led out of distress, broken hearts are healed, marriages are restored, people are set from from emotional and spiritual captivity and there are miracles of healing.
About faith, revival and revelation
We believe that faith is a verb. Faith is not what we believe, but it is the connection that enables us to do what we are called to do and to experience the promises that God has given us. We believe though we do not see; but faith is what empowers to see God’s goodness in action, through us. We believe that God is sovereign, the creator and sustainer of the universe but he chooses to involve us. Indeed, he generally chooses to limit himself to working through and with people.
In other words, revival will not one come as a supernatural intervention of God, rather it will be the result of a supernatural lifestyle, as a growing number of people bring their lives into alignment with the revealed word of God. We believe the word of God is expressed in the scripture and take biblical scripture as our reference standard. But we also fully aware that the Bible is interpreted through cultural and personal filters – our own included. For this reason, we believe that the experience of God speaking to us in the situations of our lives is essential and learning to hear his voice in our daily lives has to be our priority. Only then can we share in the experience of Biblical figures who did not have the written scriptures and still led vibrant spiritual lives. In other words: we live in in the expectation of relationship with a God who wants to speak to us, directly and individually and we refer to the Bible to confirms or correct our doctrines, beliefs and revelations.
We notice that in the Bible accounts, we do not see God revealing himself only after a perfect theological foundation has been laid. Instead we see God revealing himself to the uneducated and the poor in spirit. We see the educated experts of the law struggling to fit the revelation of Christ into their preconceptions. Nevertheless, we see Jesus teaching that his purpose was to fulfil and not to abolish the scriptures.