THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO US.
We believe in God
“To look out at this kind of creation and not believe in God is to me impossible.” (Astronaut John Glenn)
We believe that God took on human flesh (Philippians 2:6-8 , John 14:8-9), was born to the virgin Mary (Isaiah 7:14), came in order to save people (Matthew 1:21, John 3:16). We believe Jesus was at the same time fully divine and fully human.
“Jesus is God spelling Himself out in language that men can understand.” (S.D. Gordon)
“I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as an historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very centre of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.” (H.G. Wells, British author)
We believe that only because of Jesus’ death and resurrection people can be forgiven and have eternal life.
“Christ is the Son of God. He died to atone for men's sin, and after three days rose again. This is the most important fact in the universe. I die believing in Christ.” (Watchman Nee)
We believe that today Jesus is Lord and King, seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven and has all authority over everyone and everything in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18, Revelation 19:16).
We believe in the Bible
“To the canonical Scriptures alone I owe agreement without dissent.” (Augustine)
“I do not venture to make any assertion where scripture is silent.” (John Calvin)
We believe that the Bible is God’s word (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We believe that the Bible is alive and can positively transform lives today (Hebrews 4:12).
We’re convinced that the Bible is historically accurate (Luke 1:1-4) and that most modern translations are true to the earliest copies of the original writings. We use many different translations of the Bible, but we’d especially recommend the NIV, the NASB, the ESV and the NKJV.
We believe that without being in right relationship with God all people are under God’s judgment and Satan’s dominion and are spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1-3).
We believe that God has a unique purpose and plan for every person who has ever lived (Psalm 139:16).
We believe that all our gifts, talents and abilities are from God (1 Peter 4:10).
We believe in people
We believe that all people are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), and therefore are distinct from animals.
We believe that all people are sinners and need to be saved (Romans 3:23).
We believe in the church
“There's nothing as un-Christian as a lone Christian.” (John Wesley)
We understand that what makes a church authentically a church has nothing to do with its style of worship or denomination, but rather has everything to do with people’s genuine experience of salvation, its accurate convictions about God and its commitment to scripture as the basis of church life and believing.
We believe that the church is a people, the agents of kingdom expansion upon the earth. Matthew 11:12
“It is for the Bible to form and reform the church… it is for the church to keep and keep to the Bible.” (J. I. Packer)
We believe that Jesus is successfully building His church today (Matthew 16:18), and therefore we believe that it’s natural for each individual congregation to grow.
“Every year, 27 million people profess faith in Christ as Saviour for the first time.” (Source: “World Christian Trends” by David B. Barrett and Todd M. Johnson)
We believe that God desires for His church to be the greatest thing on planet earth (Daniel 2:35).
We believe in the Kingdom
We believe that when people believe in Jesus and all he has done, they enter the Kingdom. Colossians 1:13
“God's Kingdom is "present in its beginnings, but still future in its fullness. This guards us from an under-realized eschatology (expecting no change now) and an over-realized eschatology (expecting all change now). In this stage, we embrace the reality that while we're not yet what we will be, we're also no longer what we used to be.” Tim K Keller
We believe the Kingdom is the environment or area (physical/emotional/spiritual) where Jesus has complete rule and dominion.
We believe in the gifts of the Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer (Romans 8:9).
“The miracle realm is man’s natural realm. He is by creation the companion of the miracle-working God.” (John G. Lake)
These are just some of the exciting truths that have transformed our lives.
If you’d like to become a member of Destiny Church you’d be welcome to join us on our “According to the Pattern” course which unpacks many of these truths and investigates many other great themes in the Bible.