WHAT WE BELIEVE

SINGLE MINDED holds to the fundamental truths of the Christian faith, including:

  • The divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture as originally given and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

  • The unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead.

  • The universal sinfulness and guilt of humanity since the fall, rendering men and women subject to God's wrath and condemnation.

  • The conception of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit and his birth by the Virgin Mary.

  • Redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only though the sacrificial death, as our representative and substitute, of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.

  • The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

  • The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective in the individual sinner, granting him or her repentance towards God, and faith in Jesus Christ.

  • The indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.

  • The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • The complementary relationship of men and women.

  • The full adoption of all who are redeemed in Christ (regardless of marital status, gender or ethnicity) into the family of God - the church.

AFES statement of belief. Used with permission.

SINGLENESS, MARRIAGE AND SEXUALITY

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE ABOUT SINGLENESS?


  • We believe that all states of singleness - whether chosen or unchosen, lifelong or seasonal - are to be celebrated as having intrinsic theological and vocational significance.
  • We believe that the single life which has not been intentionally chosen is of equal dignity and value in God's sight to the single life which has been intentionally chosen.




WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SINGLENESS & MARRIAGE?


  • We believe that marriage and singleness are life situations to be regarded with equal theological significance but distinctive theological purpose.
  • We believe that married and single Christians alike are called to be devoted to the work of God's kingdom. This is the vocation of all Christians.




WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE ABOUT MARRIAGE?


  • We believe that marriage and parenthood is to be enthusiastically honoured and celebrated as God given goods, but that they are not to be considered the moral call or highest duty of all Christians (1 Cor 7:8)
  • We believe that God has blessed humanity with the gift of marriage and has intended it to be entered into by one man and one woman for life (Gen 2:21-22, Mt 19:5)
  • We believe that God has intended human marriage to be a foreshadow of the heavenly marriage between Christ and the Church (Eph 5:31-32; Rev 21:2)
  • We believe that Jesus taught human marriage to be a blessing intended for this world only, and proclaimed that it will not continue into the next (Mt 22:30)




WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE ABOUT SEXUALITY & CELIBACY?


  • We believe that God’s intention for sexual activity is that it serves and belongs exclusively within monogamous and heterosexual marriage and that apart from this context, Christians are called to celibacy.
  • We believe that celibacy is not a denial or suppression of the single person's sexual nature, but rather its godly expression and an honourable and esteemed calling.
  • We believe that churches are called to welcome, be compassionate towards, love and encourage ALL members of Christ's body, including those who are attracted to those of the same-sex, are attracted to both sexes or are asexual. They are equally beloved members of Christ's body.
  • We believe that Christians are called to emulate Jesus' love for all of those in our broader society and that absolutely includes those who identify as LGBTQ+.
  • We believe that the Bible teaches that same-sex lust and sexual activity is a rejection of God's purposes and intentions for human sexuality and so, as with all that is contrary to his will (sexual or otherwise), is rightly to be considered sinful. We believe that those who are attracted to others of the same-sex, are called to a life of godly, faihtful and honorable celibacy alongside all those who are not married.





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