BECOMING A CHRISTIAN means making Jesus the Lord of your life (i.e., He is in charge from now on!).
There are certain basic foundations the Bible teaches us:
This means to turn away from independence and sin towards God, being willing to do whatever He says.
BE BAPTISED IN WATER.
We make regular opportunities for this and have a baptism preparation class the day before to give people an opportunity to share their stories, understand what is involved and be prayed for.
RECEIVE GOD’S FORGIVENESS.
This is freely available to us through Jesus if we trust Him.
BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.
God Himself will come and live in us.
These are the beginnings of becoming a follower of Jesus. The Bible also teaches us to continue being filled with the Holy Spirit each day so we can be transformed to become more like Jesus. Being a Christian or a disciple of Jesus is not a “one-time decision.” It is a continuing, daily choice to obey and follow Jesus by the supernatural strength He gives.
Living as a Christian
LIVING AS A CHRISTIAN means following Jesus as Lord. What we think about Him and how we read the Bible are really important, but believing in Him is more than accepting in our minds certain ideas and facts as true. Believing in Him means trusting Him in practice; what we do in response to Him is vital. Christianity is all about relationship with God and therefore with one another.
Thinking as a Christian
THINKING AS A CHRISTIAN affects how we live. We recognise that any statement is limited, but we hold to the traditional, orthodox Christian creeds (the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Chalcedonian Creed and the Athanasian Creed).
All Nations is part of the Assemblies of God network, so our thinking is influenced by Wesleyan theology and a living relationship with God through Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. We identify with the Assemblies’ statement of faith (below).
All Nations is a member of the Evangelical Alliance, and we identify with its basis of faith at http://www.eauk.org/connect/about-us/basis-of-faith.cfm.
This does not mean we can reduce truth to certain statements. Jesus Himself is the ultimate truth, but these creeds and statements are helpful in setting the framework and boundaries of our theology. As we think through these doctrinal statements, we hold to scripture interpreted in the light of the following:
• The inspiration and illumination of the Holy Spirit
• The centrality of Christ in divine revelation
• The New Testament as interpreter of the Old Testament
• The scriptural focus on devotion and discipleship
• The importance of community in discerning and obeying truth