WHAT WE BELIEVE
What we believe shapes how we live. So much stands or falls on our beliefs and determines how much access we have to God's reality. Below you will find key statements that have formed who we are and how we live since the very beginning of our church. Should you have any questions or would like clarification on any of these statements, please do not hesitate to contact us here.
WE BELIEVE...There is only one true God who is the eternal King, Creator and Redeemer of all that is. He is perfectly holy, just, loving and truthful. He has revealed Himself to be eternally self-existent - one Being in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
WE BELIEVE...The Bible to be the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God.
WE BELIEVE...Humankind was created in the image of God to know and enjoy Him, yet we willfully rejected the Lordship and glory of God for which we were intended. Because of this, sickness, death and judgment entered the world and now creation experiences the effects and consequences of sin.
WE BELIEVE...The Lord Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is God's Anointed One, empowered by the Holy Spirit to inaugurate God's Kingdom on earth. He was crucified for our sins, died, was buried, resurrected and ascended into heaven, and is now alive today, in the presence of God the Father and in His people. He is "true God" and "true man."
WE BELIEVE...We are saved by God's grace, through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Anyone can be restored to fellowship with God through repenting, believing and receiving Jesus as their Saviour and Lord. The Holy Spirit, convicts, regenerates, justifies, and adopts us as we enter the Kingdom of God as His sons and daughters.
WE BELIEVE...In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live holy and minister supernaturally. The baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Acts 1:4-8 and 2:4 is poured out on believers that they might have power to be witnesses.
WE BELIEVE...The victorious redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides freedom from the power of the enemy - sin, lies, sickness and torment.
WE BELIEVE...The Church consists of all who put their faith in Jesus Christ. He gave His church the ordinances of Baptism and Communion. The Church exists to carry on the ministry of Jesus Christ and further advance His kingdom by undoing the works of the enemy, preaching and living the good news of God's love, disciple the nations, baptizing and teaching them to love and obey God.
WE BELIEVE...In the ever-increasing government of God and in the Blessed Hope, which is the glorious visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ for His overcoming bride - His church. Heaven and hell are real places. There will be a resurrection of the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting death.
WITH AN INTENTIONAL CHOICE OF FAITH...
We see people who are enjoying their relationship with God and each other. They are connected like a family and united by God's love.
We see people who know who they are because of what Jesus has done. Their identity is grounded in Father God's affirming love as He embraces them as sons and daughters.
We see people who are functioning in the supernatural power of God and partner with God to see heaven invade earth and impossibilities bow to the Name of Jesus.
We see people who are saved, healed and delivered and have a passion to give to others what God has given them.
We see people who are not only filled with the presence and power of the Holy Spirit but also display the fruit of the Spirit through their character and lifestyle.
We see people that are united in a commitment to see God honoured and worshipped for who He is and who live to bring Him glory and praise.
We see people who are a living expression of Father God's love for humanity. Without reservations, they love as Jesus loves, serve as Jesus serves and reach a world with God's irresistible grace.
“What's the will of God? On earth as it is in heaven.
If it exists there, it's supposed to exist here.”
We are excited about all that God is doing in our towns, nation and across the world. The amazing thing is that we get to be a part of it!
So what is heaven like? FAMILY...Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
Below is a great blog post from the late Jarrid Wilson (Harvest Christian Fellowship, CA) which explains it best as to why we see The Living Room as a family. This is our foundational culture.
WHY THE CHURCH SHOULD BE TREATED LIKE A LIVING ROOM
Posted by Jarrid Wilson
The intention of Jesus’ church was to spread The Gospel (good news of God's love and Kingdom), unify a community of people to do life with one another, share each other’s burdens, and be there for one another in times of need, but I often wonder if the ascetic and atmosphere of the Western church reflects something quite different.
Today’s Churches are really good at creating programs and checklists, but I believe what we really need is warm and welcoming environments — in addition to warm and welcoming people. We need people to know that when they attend a church, they will be embraced with open and loving arms.
Why should The Church be treated like a living room?
Let me explain...
– Living rooms are where conversations happen.
– Living rooms are where people spend time together.
– Living rooms are where people cry together.
– Living rooms are where people laugh together.
– Living rooms are where people bond with one another.
– Living rooms are where people work things out.
– Living rooms are where people discuss hard things.
– Living rooms are where people dream together.
– Living rooms are where people discuss transition.
– Living rooms are where people find forgiveness.
– Living rooms are where people find hope.
– Living rooms are where people find comfort.
– Living rooms are where people share their pain.
– Living rooms are where people share their joy.
We’re Called To Be Family.
No matter where someone is at in life, what they’re feeling or what they may have done in their past, love and an embrace will be waiting for them in the comfort of a living room. We’re called to be family, and The Church should reflect a welcoming environment that anyone can feel at home in, regardless of their circumstances.
Will there be tough conversations? Of course! But that’s the beauty of viewing the church as one big living room. Real-life can actually take place! People can be open and transparent with what’s really going on in their life.
— Jarrid Wilson