FAITH LIFE CENTRE STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God; it is our final authority in all matters of conduct and doctrine (2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
We believe in one God who eternally exists in Trinity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal (1 John 5:4-7, John 1:1-14)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, we believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, and His miracles. He is the very Word of God manifested, He died on the cross as atonement for man’s sins and rose again after three days, He sits at the right hand of the Father, restored to glory and power. (1 Cor. 15:3, 1 Peter 2:23,24, John 3:16)
We believe all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. We believe Jesus is who He said He was. He redeems mankind and receiving Him is necessary for all men to enjoy eternal life (John 3:3-5, Rom 3:21-30, 1 John 5:12)
We believe in baptism in water. It is a symbol of a Christian’s identification with Christ, in His death, burial and resurrection (Matt 28:19, Col 2:12)
We believe in baptism in the Holy Spirit. It is a gift from God promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers, it is received subsequent to the new birth and is evidenced by speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance and the subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public service (Matt. 3:11, Acts 1:8; Acts 19:2–6).
We believe in sanctification. Sanctification is a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation at Christ’s return (Heb. 12:14; 1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Cor. 3:18; Phil. 3:12–14; 1 Cor. 1:30).
We believe the Lord wants us whole. Healing is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of anyone who believes (James 5:14,15; Mark 16:18; Isa. 53:4,5; Matt. 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).
We believe in marriage, which God created to be a lifelong covenant in which a man and a woman are united in mind, body and faith. (Mark 10:7-9; 1 Cor. 7:39)
We believe in the return of Jesus. The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ is imminent. He will return in the same manner He ascended into heaven and when He comes, “… The dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air…” (Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16,17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7)
“For God is not a God of disorder; but of peace…Everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.” 1 Corinthians 14 v 33, 40
FAITH LIFE GOVERNANCE
Believers who invest their hearts, time, families, and finances into the building of a local church deserve confidence in their church leadership. People are looking for leaders who conduct themselves with integrity and respect when making decisions that affect their lives.
Our Church Governance is made up of Four Groups:
1. GUIDED BY PASTORS
Our Lead Pastors Joel and Evangeline Taller oversee the operations of the churches. They purpose to serve the congregation and are responsible for the development of the spiritual life of the churches.
2. CARED FOR BY PASTORAL TEAM Senior Team Leadership
The Location Pastors and ‘Pastoral Teams’ oversee the day-to-day ministry to church members. In addition the ‘Team Leaders’ serve the congregation and are responsible for caring, home-visits and counselling church members that are engaged teams.
3. PROTECTED BY TRUSTEES
The Board of Trustees are members nominated by the Lead Pastors Joel and Evangeline Taller. The Board of Trustees oversee the governance of Faith Life Centre Ministries, and direct the provision of legal compliance and the facilities needed by the churches in the various locations. They provide counsel to the Lead Pastors regarding the major financial commitments of the ministry.
4. STRENGTHENED BY OVERSEERS
The Overseers are pastors of respected congregations and ministries who love Faith Life Centre and are willing to provide spiritual protection to the church. They may be called in to help in accountability matters relating to the Lead Pastors if requested to do so by the Pastors or Trustees. Faith Life Centre’s Overseers are: Pastors Paul & Karen Brady, and serve as Apostolic Elders.
Many people love to give to God, but need to have confidence in the methods and purposes used by organisations to which they give. Therefore, there are a great number of people willing to give if they are able to see honesty, integrity, and genuine spiritual values reflected in the lifestyles of their church leaders.
The giving of tithes and offerings is worship to Jesus Christ and is an expression of the relationship between the individual giver and the Lord. Funds are not “income only,” they are worship, and must not be considered as a business transaction, but as an expression of gratitude toward God. This creates peace and trust in the churches.
Faith Life Membership
Working together as members is part of God’s plan, and as members we recognise the importance of membership through relationship with those called to Faith Life Centre. Membership involves mutual benefits and as a church we are committed to you and your success in life.
When we find ‘Our Company’ and make the commitment to enter into covenant the benefits include:
• Participation in and access to the anointing and grace upon the ministry
• Our uniting together with you in prayer.
• Spiritual and practical support through life.
• Jointly sharing the rewards as we spread the gospel and expand God’s Kingdom.
• Greater opportunities to receive impartations and revelation from the Word.
As members of Faith Life we commit ourselves to God and other members by:
1. Protect the unity of the ministry
“So let us concentrate on the things which make for harmony, and on the growth of one another’s character.” Romans 14 v 19 (Ph)
2. Sharing the responsibility of the ministry
“To the church…we always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.” 1 Thessalonians 1 v 1 – 2
3. Serving one another in the ministry
“Serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you.” 1 Peter 4 v 10 (Ph)
4. Supporting the testimony of the ministry
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2 v 42