What we believe about God directly influences how we relate to Him and one another. So it is important to have an accurate understanding. We can also come to know Him by personal experience. But our experiences must always come into agreement with God’s character and the teachings of the Church as revealed in the Bible. Therefore to understand what we believe it is to know God as he wishes to be known, we have provided a brief explanation of the basics of Christian teaching:
The first, we describe God and the some of the our foundational Christian belief in a non-technical and practical way. This will help you to understand in plain language how our the assumptions we operate on. The second, we describe God using the language of the ancient creeds and descriptions used by the Assemblies of God UK and the Evangelical Alliance, which roots us to the very first Church and the original teachings formed in the years following the birth of the church, which keeps us in line with the traditionally agreed teachings of Christianity.
God The Father
We are a church that boldly declares God as a loving, compassionate, and protective father, someone who is passionately committed to guiding, guarding and being good to his people.
(1 John 3:1-2; Romans 8:15; Matthew 7:11; Psalm 23; Psalm 145:8; Matthew 5:48; James 1:17; Psalm 91)
God the Son
We are a church where Jesus is worshipped as God’s divine Son and proclaimed to be the World’s only Saviour. We are a community that believes all of his teachings should be obeyed, his whole way of life be put into practice, and the full range of his miracles still be expected.
(John 5:18; John 15:14; John 5:23; Acts 4:12; Romans 5:9; John 14:6; John 20:28; John 9:38; John 14:10)
God the Spirit
We are a church where the Holy Spirit is given his full status as God and space to act among his people. We are a community where he is not misrepresented by hype or excess, nor rejected because of fear or tradition. We believe the Holy Spirit is to be relied upon to continue what he began in the very first churches.
(1 Corinthians 13; Mark 3:29; John 14:26; Romans 8:9; Acts 1:5; John 14:16; Acts 5:9; 1 Corinthians 12:7; Revelation 3:6; Acts 2:17; Acts 6:3)
We are a church where the Bible is acknowledged as containing the actual words of God, unequalled for establishing God’s character, conduct, plans and purposes. We are a community where the Bible is relied upon for lighting the path and guiding the steps that every member takes in life, for providing deep, spiritual nourishment for our souls, and for providing the authoritative words to speak over the challenging situations in our lives.
(2 Timothy 3:15-4:4; 2 Peter 3:15-18; Galatians 1:11; John 14:15; John 6:60-68; Revelation 22:18-19; Psalm 119:105)
We are a church that teaches neither good deeds nor religious practices save a person’s soul. We are a community that believes salvation is received by turning to God with a repentant heart, trusting Jesus paid the penalty for sins which we each deserve, and choosing to follow him faithfully for the rest of our life.
(Matthew 4:17; Luke 24:46-48; Acts 3:19; Romans 2:4)
We are a church brave enough to describe some things as right and some things as wrong. We are a community for whom morality is not relative nor principles changeable. Rather the ethic of each thought, word and action is established by the Bible and the conscience is filtered by the Holy Spirit.
(Malachi 3:6; Matthew 5:18; Proverbs 14:12; 2 Timothy 3:16)
We are a church where heaven is acknowledged as a real place, the ultimate destination of a Christian’s soul. We not only teach that heaven is for the future, but also its reality is to realised in the present through miracles, signs and wonders, that the culture of heaven is to be present in the church, and God’s literal presence can be revealed to the senses at his choosing.
(Matthew 6:9; Matthew 12:28; Matthew 16:19; Matthew 13:44-46; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 21; Mark 1:15)
We are a church where hell is not patronised as a myth or a fable. Rather it is understood as the necessary consequence of God’s love and justice. We are a community where God’s punishment is spoken about openly, but so too is how to avoid it through His abundant mercy and willingness to forgiveness.
(Revelation 21:8; Matthew 25:46; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; 2 Peter 2:4)
We are a church where the reality of a spiritual realm is acknowledged and defined, not rejected as fantasy and fairytale. We are a community who rely on the Bible and God’s Spirit to discern the difference between angelic and evil activity, remaining alert and aware to the unseen spiritual world around us.
(Ephesians 6:12; 2 Kings 6:17; 2 Corinthians 11:14; Mark 1:23-26; 1 John 4:1)
We are a church where mission is more than taking the Christian message to a distant land. We are a community for whom mission happens wherever and whenever we move beyond our comfort zone to live-out God’s values, demonstrate his power, and communicate the amazing news about Jesus to those around us.
(Acts 1:8; Matthew 25:35-40; Micah 6:8; Luke 4:18-19; Luke 17:21; Mark 16:15-20; Matthew 6:10; Acts 17:10; Matthew 9:35)
We are a church where every member is able to explain what they believe and defend why they believe it. We are a community who communicate God’s message fearlessly but always with respect, where what they say is matched by how they live, and all that is said and done is motivated by compassion, respect and love.
(1 Peter 3:15; Romans 10:13-15; Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-18; Luke 10:3; Acts 4:19-20; Acts 23:5)
We are a church where God is worshiped by much more than music and singing. We are a community where to worship God also means living a holy life and following him obediently, where to honour him is to help the needy, contend for the weak, and serve one-another.
(Romans 12:1-3; John 4:21-24; 1 Chronicles 21:24; Isaiah 1:11-20; Genesis 4:2-7; Revelation 14:6-10; Matthew 2:11; Acts 10:25-26; Matthew 14:32-33; Romans 1:25; Matthew 4:9-10; Matthew 8:2; John 9:35-38; Luke 24:52; Hebrews 1:6)
We are a church that believes it is God’s will to heal, deliver and restore. And even though there may be delays and disappointments, we are a community who will always persist to pray, seek and trust God while he works things out, submitted to his plan and timing.
(1 John 5:14-15; James 5:13-18; Psalm 103; Acts 4:30; Luke 4:18-19; Luke 5:12-17; Matthew 4:23; Acts 3:1-12; Mark 8:22-26; 1 Corinthians 15:12-29; Revelation 21:4; Isaiah 53)
We are a church where every person is recognised as a bearer of God’s image, always having value, always treated with respect. We are a community where people can come as they as are and are loved no matter their gender, sexuality, ethnicity, wealth, or age. The church is to be a place where everyone is equally welcome, even if not all their ideas are equally embraced.
(Genesis 1:27; James 2:3-6; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 4:15)
We are a church where people live in unity despite their diversity, sharing a vision to proclaim the good news of Jesus, bonded together by the work of God’s Spirit. For where there is unity, God commands his blessing.
(Psalm 133:1; Philippians 2:14; Ephesians 4:2-6; Romans 12:18)
We are a church where people are kept informed with regularity and clarity, and where the community is included in the big decisions of church life. We are a community where member’s voices are heard and their opinions are shared, but where final decisions are left with the leaders.
(Acts 15:23-31; Galatians 2:1-10; 2 Peter 3:15-16; 2 Corinthians 2:5-11; 2 Thessalonians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 10:10)
We are a church where conversations are constructive and seasoned with grace. We are a community where criticism is spoken face-to-face and never behind backs, done in straight lines and never closed circles, where people’s freedom to share a complaint is matched by their eagerness to make a compliment.
(Colossians 4:6; Galatians 2:11; Matthew 5:23-24, 18:15)
We are a church where service is honoured, help is celebrated, and support is appreciated, but a community where everything that is done is done for the glory of God not the praise of people.
(Romans 16; Philemon; Colossians 4:7-16; Matthew 6:3)
We are a church where leaders are valued and respected, and their decisions are weighed but honoured. We are a community where service is the route to greatness and where humility is the mark of maturity. We are a place where character and competence not charisma and confidence qualify a leader for their role.
(Acts 15:22; Acts 6:3; Titus 1:5-9; Mark 10:43; 1 Timothy 5:17)
We are a church where people learn by experience and grow through responsibility, somewhere gifting is given opportunity even when it is only in its infancy.
(Proverbs 9:10; Proverbs 22:6; Mark 9:7-13; Mark 6:37)
We are a church where money is not worshiped but is used to worship God. We are a community where people give generously and faithfully for the impact his kingdom, to support the lost, the least and the last in the world.
(Proverbs 3:9-10; 1 Timothy 6:10; Romans 12:8; Luke 8:3)
We are a church that is passionate in its praying, when in public or in private, but always with modesty and never to make a show. We are a community who value the power that prayer makes available, and use it daily for to defend those in need and support the church.
(1 Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:16-17; Isaiah 62:6; 1 Timothy 2:1)