As a Charismatic Evangelical Church, we want to be rooted in the Word and moving in the Spirit, rather like two facets of a boat – the anchor and the propeller.
The anchor represents the Word of God, which is the foundation of our belief. We believe that the bible is our reference point in establishing God’s word for St John’s and that “all scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17).
The propeller represents the Holy Spirit, who is our guide and who ignites us with a passion to love God and serve all. It is the Spirit who gives us gifts to build Christ’s body, bring us to spiritual maturity, reveals Jesus and equips us for ministry and mission. “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
As a church we aim to …
We are a people of hope and faith. We believe in a God of transformation and redemption. We believe that even in the darkest place, Christ’s light can shine and bring life. We expect to see the supernatural in our lives as we pray and invite the Holy Spirit to impact us.
We believe in a God who is immanent. Just as Jesus was present in the midst of creation, the Holy Spirit is now present, within every believer and we can experience his power and presence today. We believe that God heals today and that as we pray and seek his presence, He is with us.
We believe that as we spend time in God’s presence both corporately and individually, our wills become more aligned to God’s will and we begin to know God’s heart for the world and for ourselves. We want to be people who are like a tree planted by streams of living water (Psalm 1) and who meditate on and depend on the instruction of the Lord and not be like chaff which is blown around by circumstance.
We believe that authenticity is important. We should share our fears and difficulties with one another knowing that our community is one of grace and acceptance. None of us is perfect and we all fall short, but there is one who is 100% faithful, Jesus Christ and his sacrifice and victory on the cross means that no matter who we are and what we have done, provided that “if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
We believe that the church is the body of Christ and as such we are united in Him and are called to love one another so that “the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work”.
We believe that our purpose as the church is to reveal our saviour Jesus to the world. Jesus is the only one who can set us free from our self-destruction as we have turned away from God. Jesus offers us forgiveness, redemption and healing. Jesus revealed the perfect love of the Father in his ministry and we are called to do the same through the power of the Holy Spirit: “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. (John 15:26).
We believe that the bible is God’s word for us, today and that it is as relevant now as it was in 1st Century Palestine. We believe that as Christians we are children of God and as such we want to live in the knowledge that God loves us unconditionally and want to try to see others like that too, to see others as having an infinite worth and not to expect them to have to prove themselves to us and through that demonstrate God’s love for one another.
We believe that the kingdom of God is both here already but is also yet to come in its fulness. We acknowledge that much of what we see around us is not part of the kingdom of God. We believe that where two or more people meet together in Jesus’ name – he is present and where God is, his kingdom is. We also, if we are believers, carry his Spirit in us and so as kingdom carriers we can impact the world around us by praying your kingdom come into every situation we find ourselves.
We believe in building each other up in Christ. Prayer is the way that we do that and acknowledge that it’s not us that are the solution to one another’s problems – it’s Jesus. If we simply let someone share their needs with us and we comfort them, that’s great, but we can produce an unhealthy dependence on ourselves. We want to both be lifting one another’s burdens to God the author and perfector of our faith.