We recognise that these convictions characterise very many Christian people in all sorts of networks, denominations and configurations. They are not specific to Salt & Light. We would hope that they would be non‑contentious. Therefore we are committed to:
|References and comments|
|a.||Living in the Spirit
We believe that the life of God comes to us through the Holy Spirit. We want to experience God’s manifest presence as we worship and pray in the Holy Spirit. We see the Holy Spirit’s ministry and gifts in the life of the believer and the church as a key to holiness, fruitfulness and effective mission, as every member is thoroughly filled with the Spirit, walks in step with the Spirit, and flows in the anointing and ministry of the Spirit.
|Joh 1:33; 4:23-4; 7:37-39; Eph 5:18-20; Gal 5:16-26; Rom 8:5-17|
|b.||Building the church
We believe that God plans to change the world through His church, the Body of Christ. We therefore want to see relationship at the heart of how we are called to build together; celebration of believers’ baptism and breaking of bread at the centre of our fellowship, the release of ‘every-member ministry’, Ephesians 4 ministries as keys to God’s mission; and church-planting as a call of God in expanding His kingdom.
|Eph 3:1-10; 4:1-16;
Phi 2:12‑16; Rom 6:3-5; 1Co 11:17-34; 12
|c.||Seeking the Kingdom
Christ’s primary call on our lives is to be a people who are centred on Him and seeking His Kingdom. We therefore are determined to seek God’s Kingdom 24/7, in our families, at work, in leisure, and in the family of the church. We want to keep being transformed to be like the King. We want to preach, live and demonstrate the gospel of the Kingdom, attending to issues of injustice, poverty and bondage in society.
|Mat 6:33; 16:19;
Act 8:12; 19:8; 28:23
|d.||Focusing on mission
We believe that God is on a mission to demonstrate his love to His world, to redeem the world from its sin, and to gather a huge family to himself from across the nations. As God’s people, we must be on the same mission. Therefore we want to be proclaiming the Good News; demonstrating the Good News in every aspect of culture and society; seeing lives transformed by the power of Jesus; living the Good News; serving God in whatever nations of the world he leads us to.
|2Co 5:11-21; Eph 4:17-6:9; Rom 15:23-33|