About Our Beliefs

In this blog we want to be able to address, from an evangelical Christian perspective, some controversial teachings about sexuality and ministry.
  • Firstly we want to be able to look at the subject of masturbation and whether it should be a challenge or negativity for Christian believers. We believe that sexual arousal and pleasure in our bodies are the same as other types of arousal and pleasure, and that masturbation when practised in accordance with principals of sexual purity, is neither harmful either physically or spiritually for Christians and can in fact make a positive contribution to a life of faith, whether a person is single or married.
  • Secondly we also want to look at the two key theologies in the evangelical Church that relate to female sexuality and ministry. That is, complementarianist vs egalitarianist theology. We support Christian egalitarianism which teaches that women are equal to men in respect of all roles and ministries in the Church and can aspire to the same positions of leadership as men.

We are open to the possibility that we may discuss other issues of sexuality and how the church should address these. However, the two key issues mentioned above are the ones that have so far been the most important to us. We feel that we need to be open about limiting the subjects we are willing to discuss on this blog, because we really want to link these topics together and make this blog more about something that is essentially evangelical in character and not seeking to engage in many of the more politically charged sexuality issues that are prevalent within the wider Christian community. In saying that we are not seeking widespread change within the evangelical community. We are just asking that a key teaching about the role of women that is becoming more accepted within the evangelical church be given pre-eminence, and that an important issue that is inherited from the conservative complementarianist theology that has been taught in the past, and which is not inherently addressed by egalitarianist theology, be addressed. We are not looking at this time to get involved in the great theological controversies between the evangelical and progressive branches of Christianity in reference to sexuality in general.

Our core principles and beliefs in faith are:
  • The Bible is God’s inspired Word to all people. It is therefore completely truthful and provides guidance for our everyday lives.
  • God is a triune being consisting of three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Although they serve different functions, each is equal in power and authority. God is eternal, always has been, and always will be.
  • God is omnipotent and omnipresent, all knowing, unchanging, fully worthy to be trusted and utterly holy. In Him we live and move and have our being. God is good, loving, compassionate and faithful to His people and His promises.
  • Jesus Christ is fully human and fully God. He is the only way to be fully reconciled to God. He lived a perfect blameless life so that He could be the substitutionary atonement for all of our sins. In resurrection he defeated death so that His people can live with the promise of eternal life.
  • The Holy Spirit assures us of our relationship with Jesus Christ through His presence and he guides us in all truth and exalts Jesus. He is the convicter of sin, comforts us, grants us spiritual gifts for service in the church and makes us more like Jesus.
  • Each human person is created for eternal existence, either separated from God in Hell or unified with God in Heaven after his/her life on earth. Unrepentant sinful living is the means by which we become eternally separated from God; His gift of salvation and forgiveness assures us of eternal glory ruling and reigning with Him.
  • Human people are created in God’s image and are the supreme objects of His creation. Humans were created to be in fellowship with God but became separated from Him through sin and disobedience. Humanity cannot aspire to right relationship with God through their own effort, but only through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the cross of Calvary. Every human person is created completely uniquely and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
  • The blood of Jesus Christ shed upon the cross of Calvary possesses the sole means of salvation through forgiveness of sin. Salvation is the process by which people instigate faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection as wholly sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a free gift from God that no person can earn from their own works.
  • The Church is the body of Christ and is made up of believers who engage and participate fully in the sacraments of the Lord’s Supper and believers’ baptism by full immersion. Each member of Christ’s body participates in a local assembly that upholds and propagates the teachings of Jesus and obeys all of his commands and fulfils the Great Commission by taking the Gospel message to the world. The intention is to work in love and unity towards the ultimate superior purpose of glorifying Christ.