This page contains a basic statement of faith regarding Spirit Lifestyle’s core beliefs and a summary of our distinctives.

Spirit Lifestyle Distinctives. 

We learn best by doing. What is greatly lacking in the lives of many believers is the application of Biblical knowledge through faith action. Spirit Lifestyle places an emphasis on ‘faith activation’ to make it as easy as possible for people to put Kingdom principles into practice in their own daily lives. Anyone who steps out in faith in the name of Jesus to offer healing or divine encouragement (to anyone at any time) through genuine compassion is operating in obedience and honouring Jesus. We are not promised a ‘safe’ life but a powerful and transformative one.

1 Corinthians 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

Mark 9:39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.

God, by very definition, is himself ‘supernatural’ (spiritual or outside of nature). The Bible actively encourages believers to engage with legitimate supernatural activities (such as prophecy and divine healing) while warning about the dangers of getting involved with counterfeit spirituality (occult practices). To assign all supernatural practice or spiritual manifestations to the devil or the ‘dark side’ is patently unscriptural and a great error. We are encouraged (in scripture) to seek after ‘the spiritual , or the supernatural ways of God and promised that if we ask our heavenly Father for good gifts, he will not give us bad ones.

Luke 11:13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

1 Corinthians 14:1 Earnestly pursue love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts.

Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

that all Christian’s are called to ‘full time ministry’ (works of service Ephesians 4.12) and that this is to be expressed in all occupations and walks of life.

1 Peter 2:4-6 As you come to him, the living Stone — rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

That all believers can and should desire to walk in a level of prophecy, healing and deliverance (miracles, signs and wonders). And while the manifestations of the Spirit are not ‘skills to be learned’ as such, we are called to ‘excel’ in these spiritual empowerments through faith, love, practice and honour. Beyond the basics the Holy Spirit distributes the ‘greater gifts’ or anointings (and callings) as He sees fit and according to our desire to walk in them.

John 14:12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

1 Corinthians 1:7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly await the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 10:7-8 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.

We should consider heaven as our home (not distant, but present) and while the Kingdom of heaven is coming to earth at the end of all things it is already here and advancing through the community of all believers.

Philippians 3:20-21 But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives.

Ephesians 2:6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus

Hebrews 12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly

Luke 17:21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

John 10:9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.

Matthew 23:13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.

We believe…

in common with the worldwide established church the core beliefs expressed in the Nicene Creed. These include the trinity of the Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the virgin birth, the physical crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, the future return of the person of Jesus Christ to earth to judge the living and the dead.

Scripture

that the 66 books of the Bible from Genesis to Malachi (39 books) and from Matthew to Revelation (27 books) are the inspired Word of God and that the canon of scripture is closed and complete. The canon of scripture is inspired by God and therefore authoritative.

Sin

that all men are born with a sinful nature inherited from Adam and it is God’s work to make men righteous through the atonement of Jesus Christ – there is no other way to salvation. No man should presume to mediate between men and God in Christ’s place.

Salvation

that God is Sovereign and in his divine wisdom has given men free will to choose or reject salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. However, no-one is able to come to salvation unless God chooses and draws them and while people are powerless to save themselves they are saved through the gift of grace.

Furthermore we believe that God will reward the righteous in Christ with eternal life in heaven, and that He will banish the unrighteous to everlasting punishment.

Salvation is for the whole person (body, soul and spirit)

that the work of salvation is to save us from the consequence of sin and restore us to wholeness. The Greek word sozo is used for both ‘saved’ and ‘healed’. In the following passages the word translated saved or healed are the same Greek word ‘sozo’.

The Priesthood of all believers

that all Christian’s are called to ‘full time ministry’ (works of service Ephesians 4.12) and that this is to be expressed in all occupations and walks of life.

Water Baptism

that water baptism accompanies confession of faith in Christ Jesus as an act of submission and obedience. Baptism is a Biblical ordinance and a powerful spiritual and public association with Christ’s death and resurrection. Although not essential for salvation it is a consequence of salvation.

Communion

that the sharing of bread and wine by believers is an act of obedience to the command of Jesus to remember his work of salvation whenever it is taken. We partake of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ through the bread and wine of the communion as an act of faith.

Baptism in the Holy Spirit

that baptism in the Holy Spirit is not essential for salvation but an essential consequence of salvation and supernatural empowerment for the victorious and effective Christian life.

The present and coming Kingdom of God

that it is man’s work and purpose to serve God and through obedience to His will to bring His reign and rule to the earth through the delegated authority of Jesus Christ until he returns to make all things new.

The Fivefold Ministries: Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher

that God anoints and appoints apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers to serve the church (some locally and some trans-locally) and to equip all believers for works of ministry until it ‘attains to the whole measure of the fulness of Christ’.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

that God gives supernatural empowerments to all his people by virtue of the indwelling Holy Spirit to equip them to demonstrate the gospel of Jesus Christ in love and power and for the works of ministry. The Holy Spirit determines which gifts and to whom he will give them; however His choice is influenced by our desire to receive them.

Miracles

that healing, signs and wonders are manifestations of God’s Kingdom to lead people to Christ alone.

Service to God

that our salvation is not dependent on our service to God but our service to God is a response to the gift of salvation. Our greatest calling is to serve Him with all our heart and our greatest hope is that we may one day stand before our Lord Jesus and hear the words:

The local church

For the Christian believer being a relational part of a local church is a necessary requirement for spiritual growth. The Bible describes the local church as a body with diverse parts which function together in love and fellowship with Christ as the head. There are many different expressions of local church community where believers can be discipled and grow in love for Christ and one another; the important thing is that a believer is relationally part of a local church family.