Our values bring clarity to the things
that matter most at ONEchurch.
They guide how we achieve our mission, influencing major leadership decisions as well as everyday ministry plans. Our values keep us focused on the unique call God has given us as a local church.
ONEchurch holds to the historic Orthodox Christian faith as found in the Bible and summarised in the ‘Ecumenical Creeds’
of the Church (statements of belief developed by the early church, which all Christian denominations agree on):
Our core beliefs describe our theological positions on key aspects of faith. Centered in Christ and His message, ours is a biblical theology rather than a theology that is speculative, subjective, or merely rooted in tradition. These beliefs are derived directly from Scripture (both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible)
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament in their original writing are fully inspired by God and accept them as the supreme and final authority for faith and life.
2. Trinity and Sovereignty
We believe in the sovereignty of one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God upholds and rules over all things. He governs and reigns supreme over the entirety of creation including over mankind, accomplishing through nature and man his eternal purposes. Yet, at no time is God’s integrity violated, and at no time does he violate our integrity, responsibility or our freedom to choose (Is 46:9-10; Eph 1:11; Eccl 7:13; 1 Tim 6:15; Ps 115:3; Dan 4:35).
We believe that human beings, though created in the image of God, are sinful, guilty, and lost without Christ.
4. Deity and the work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, is fully God and fully man. We believe that on the cross Jesus Christ became sin for us, was judged by God and died in our place. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, His ascension into Heaven, and His present ministry as our High Priest and advocate with the Father.
We believe that all who are justified by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. We believe other religions and ideologies are not alternative paths to God, and that human spirituality, if unredeemed by Christ, does not lead to God but to judgement and damnation.
6. Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37–40; 10:27–30; Romans 8:1, 38, 39; 1 Cor 1:4–8; 1 Pet 1:5). We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh (Rom 13:13, 14; Gal 5:13; Titus 2:11–15).
7. Holy Spirit
We believe in the ministry and gifts of the Spirit. We believe in the importance of each believer being filled with the Holy Spirit by which believers are empowered and equipped for service. We believe that baptism of the Spirit is usually a post-conversion effect as it was for Jesus (Lk 3 and 4), the disciples (Acts 2v11-4), the Samaria believers (Acts 8v14-17), Paul (Acts 9), and the Ephesian believers (Acts 19v1-7).
8. Heaven and Hell
We believe in the resurrection of the just and the unjust, the eternal blessedness of the redeemed, and the eternal damnation of those who have rejected God’s offer of salvation.
9. Second Coming
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ in power and glory to judge the living and the dead.
We believe that the local church should be the expression of the one true and universal Church and therefore that the new birth and personal confession of faith in Christ are essentials of Church membership. We desire to fellowship and work with other ministries and congregations of like profession of faith for the spreading of the gospel.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the emblems, which symbolise the broken body and shed blood of Christ, in remembrance of His sacrificial death until He comes. We try to share communion twice per month – once on Sundays and once in Community Groups.
12. Water Baptism
While recognising the right of other churches to practice infant baptism, we understand the scriptures to teach that baptism should follow repentance, and is the external sign of our internal salvation.about us.
Along with these central beliefs, we have other core convictions
that shape our specific practices of church and the Christian life:
Evangelical – We believe that the Bible (39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament), is the written word of God. The Scriptures are the authoritative guide for all Christian life, practice and beliefs (for the Church and the individual). The truthfulness of every statement of belief is dependent on whether or not it is in line with the teachings of Scripture. All believers are encouraged to study the Scriptures and apply them to their lives in obedience to God, who speaks through them with life-giving power.
Reformed – As a church we stand within a particular Protestant tradition that emphasises the supremacy of God over all things in creation and in relation to salvation. We believe that all things exist for God’s purposes and his glory, that he is the rightful ruler and judge of all things and that he is of highest value and greatest worth in the universe.
Charismatic – We believe that the Holy Spirit supernaturally gives abilities to believers, some of which seem “ordinary” (e.g. administration, hospitality), while others seem more extraordinary (e.g. healing, prophecy). We believe that all of the ‘gifts of the Spirit’ found in the Bible are still available for all who believe in Jesus and that these gifts should be encouraged and practiced in the individual’s life and within the Christian community for the building up and encouragement of all believers. We also believe that the ‘Baptism of the Spirit’ is available for all believers and should be accompanied by further fillings of the Spirit throughout the believer’s life.
Missional – We believe that God has given all believers a mission, which is to ‘Glorify God through living and sharing the Gospel (the good news about Jesus)’. Therefore, all of a Christian’s life should be lived in line with this purpose, and church life should be organised and practiced in such a way as to achieve this mission.