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But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin - 1 John 1:7

Following Jesus through our Conduct, Faith, Fellowship and Witness as the Bible Teaches 

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Essential Beliefs for every true follower of Christ

God
There is only one God, the God of Israel. The Bible reveals God as Spirit and as three knowable persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). All three persons were present at the creation. God is Creator and Sustainer of all things, seen and unseen. 
   God has many attributes: He is holy, sinless, righteous, sovereign, just, loving, merciful, eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent ... God the Father is knowable only through His Son Jesus Christ (Jesus 'the Anointed One'). God showed His love for us by becoming the man Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ
Jesus, the second Person in the trinity, is God in human form. He is divine and sinless, and we are to give the same honor to Christ as we do to the Father. Jesus showed God's love for man by teaching us about the kingdom of God, by suffering and dying for each of us on a cross, and by rising again to heaven. God loves us so much that He suffered and died for each one of us.
   Jesus lives and is the only way to God the Father. 
   In Old Testament terms, Jesus is our 'high priest' and in New Testament terms Jesus is our Saviour from the judgment of a righteous and holy God. Jesus is co-Creator of heaven and earth and holds all things in His hands. He is omnipresent i.e. He is everywhere throughout His creation.
   Jesus is coming again soon. Many prophecies point to His return to earth to defeat the defiant armies of rebellious nations, to reign as King of the earth from Jerusalem, and to usher in a time of peace on the earth.

The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is a person (He can be grieved for example) and could be seen as the presence and power of God amongst men. Followers of Jesus are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, enabling them to have a close, loving relationship with the Father and with Jesus His Son. So they are never alone - God is always with them. The Holy Spirit enables a believer to know God and glorify Him through powerful supernatural experiences, as in words of knowledge, guidance and physical healing. 
   
   The Holy Spirit comes to live in all who decide to follow Jesus Christ:
"if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His ... His Spirit dwells in you" (Rom 8.9,11)
So the believer is never alone and even when we don't know how to pray the Spirit intercedes for us (Rom 8.26). And when we are searching for the truth on issues, the Holy Spirit guides us:
"when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth" (Jn 16.13)
But there is more! When Jesus commissioned His followers to go and spread the gospel He gave them the Holy Spirit (Jn 20.22). They were 'born again' in the John 3.3 sense, like believers today. But this was not the 'baptism of fire' that was promised by John the Baptist to all believers (Lk 3.16). The same followers of Jesus had yet to receive more from the Holy Spirit. Just before Jesus rose from the earth, He said to them:
"you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you" (Acts 1.8)
So there was a point in their lives when these followers of Jesus received a supernatural power (Acts 2.1-4) that enabled them be strong witnesses for Christ after He had risen. And this is true for the church today. When Philip preached to the people of Samaria, they received the word of God with joy and were baptized (Acts 8.4-14). They were true, born-again believers. But Peter and John later later prayed that they would receive the Holy Spirit as they themselves had experienced:
"(and so) they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit" (Acts 8.17)
From this point onwards, the believers received power to witness (Acts 8.19). On a similar occasion the Spirit 'fell' on Gentiles as they heard the word of God and this was evidenced by supernatural gifts (Acts 10.44-46). So we should distinguish between the permanent indwelling Spirit of a believer, and the moving of the same Spirit as He enables supernatural gifts in the church (1 Cor 12.4-11). Here lies the source of power for the true church of today!

Mankind
Everyone is sinful in the sight of a holy God and needs to be 'born again' in order to be reconciled to God. All that God requires of each of us is our belief in the living Christ, and acknowledgment and repentance of our sins, and, an acceptance of His forgiveness for past sin. God has done the rest. Followers of Jesus (believers) are then promised forgiveness, reconciliation to God, a resurrected immortal body and eternal life. Followers are saved from the judgement of God; they have passed from death to life.
  
Salvation
As evidence of salvation through Jesus Christ our Savior, changes will have occurred within us, not because we are able to bring change about on our own, but because when we are born again we are changed through the Holy Spirit who has convicted us of our sins. We bring glory to God by showing we have become new creatures in Christ by the way we walk in this life. 
   Change both inwardly and outwardly is a necessary component of our testimony as true believers and witnesses for Christ. Pauls tells us “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things passed away; behold new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 
   1 John 2:4-6 tells us “…the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as he walked.” 
   Salvation through Christ can not be bought by any merit or works we display, it is a free gift purchased at the cross by Jesus alone. Let us not however forget what Paul also writes: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” Romans 6:1-2
   Because we are saved supernaturally by grace, we desire to please God not because we believe we’ll gain through these works but because we seek with all of our hearts having been changed to please God and walk as Christ and the Apostles walked. A true believer seeks no other desire besides this.

The Bible
The Bible is the word of God, written by men and inspired by the Holy Spirit. It's truth has been preserved by the Holy Spirit over the ages. The Bible, and particularly Jesus' teachings give God's transcendent and timeless moral standards for man. The Bible gives many prophecies pertaining to the end of the age.

The True Church
Jesus started His church through His Apostles. The role of the church is to proclaim and demonstrate the coming kingdom of God. The true church will be supernaturally removed from the earth at the end of the age and before God's judgements upon the earth. 
   Jesus instituted the church - His church (Mat 16.18). It is a mix of people from all nations and races who have given their lives over to Jesus and who now live for Him. But man has 'institutionalized' an institution, and today many Protestant churches suffer from a formal imposed structure of worship and fellowship. So, increasingly in the West we see the rise of small informal house churches.
   This may in part be a response to increasing marginalization of the institutionalized church from western governments. In the extreme, the 'underground church' meets when there is fear of persecution.
   So it is vital to distinguish between Christ's true Church and the false (apostate) church. The true church has all the characteristics of the early church described in Acts 2.37-47. The false church is worldly and lukewarm (Rev 3.14-22). All true believers, past and present will take part in this resurrection. They will receive immortal bodies and be with Christ forever.

Israel
The nation of Israel is God's chosen witness to the nations. The Twelve tribes of Israel is found throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. Contrary to the belief of many churches, Israel has not been replaced the church. Rather, Israel will be used as God's special witness at the end of the present age.

Final Judgement
We live only once and after death we will be judged by God according to our response to Christ's call to salvation through His death on the cross. Followers of Jesus (believers) will not come under this judgement, but instead will receive rewards for their service to Christ at the resurrection.
   The existence of Heaven and Hell was confirmed by Jesus. At the judgement, those whose names are not written in God's 'book of life' will be assigned to Hell. Believers have eternal life and their final destiny is with God in the New Earth.

Some portions of "What We Believe" have been graciously provided by www.seekingtruth.co.uk and are in accordance with what we regard as essential beliefs for every true follower of Christ Jesus.