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

With reference to singleness, marriage, sexuality and Christian community, SINGLE MINDED believes:

  • That marriage and singleness are life situations to be regarded with equal theological significance and distinctive theological purpose. Married and single Christians alike are called to devote themselves to the work of God's kingdom. 
     

  • That churches are called to welcome, be compassionate towards, love, build up and encourage all members of Christ's body be they married, never-married, divorced or widowed.
     

  • That God has blessed humanity with the gift of marriage. He intends for it to be entered into by one man and one woman for life (Gen 2:21-22, Mt 19:5) and so to act as a foreshadow of the heavenly marriage between Christ and the Church (Eph 5:31-32; Rev 21:2)
     

  • That marriage and parenthood are to be honoured and celebrated by Christians as God given goods, but not as the highest moral call or duty of the Christian life (1 Cor 7:8)
     

  • 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)
     

  • That singleness too is a God given good which is to be honoured and celebrated by Christians (Mt 19:12; 1 Cor 7:8, 38)
     

  • That God designed sex to belong within and exclusively serve monogamous, lifelong and heterosexual marriage. That outside of this marital context God calls all Christians to honour both him and other people by fleeing sexual immorality and embracing sexual holiness through abstinence. This is not a denial or suppression of the single person's sexual nature, but rather its godly and honourable expression.

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