There are many types of theologies that may be summed up with one-word definitions, which have been useful to communicate fairly succinctly a whole volume of concepts. These are immediately understood by professional theologians and those who are well-read in theological studies. However, this description of what we believe and promote is hopefully understandable by anyone even if starting from zero in theological enquiry or study – so words like Protestant, Arminian, Evangelical and Charismatic may have communicated a lot to some, but less to others, and so fuller statements are used to explain what we believe.
We in Ichthus are evangelicals and what we do and believe comes from our adherence and obedience to the Bible, as well as our understanding of our Lord – He is our Biblical Christ, the Messiah, Saviour and Teacher as seen in the Bible.
However, because the Bible itself says it was inspired by the Holy Spirit, it is necessary to ask the Spirit of God to help us understand where there are passages very hard to understand, or which appear to contradict each other. A humble spirit in the reader who prays, will find the Holy Spirit’s meaning and power. Some of the new Christian denominations began to see God’s power by His Spirit and so discovered the gifts of the Spirit, e.g. prophecy, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, tongues, interpretation of tongues, healings etc. This new move was called Charismatic. We in Ichthus are Evangelical Charismatics. Some Charismatics are also called Pentecostalists, an earlier name for those using the gifts or manifestations of the Spirit.
The whole of Christ’s church is expected to share by faith in this movement of salvation by love, prayer, worship, witness and holiness – i.e. growing in Christ-likeness and by our unity as Christ’s body sharing Christ’s life together in love and doing good to all men, especially the people of faith, Gal 6:10.
As a Fellowship in the Body of Christ, i.e. all believers born of God and filled with His Spirit, or all who name the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord, we are here to express our unity of love by serving and speaking well of all those in Christ’s family. This is sometimes called ecumenism, and as a church we belong to the Evangelical Alliance and Churches Together in England.
Finally, we are Trinitarian, worshiping God our Father as revealed in His Son Jesus Christ who is revealed and made known to us in our experience by the Holy Spirit, with a destiny to become like Jesus and to be with God.
So we could be called, in the light of this quick summary, an Evangelical, Charismatic, Witnessing, Worshiping, Open-Hearted, Trinitarian Church!
Until the 16th century Reformation, although there had been and still were many bodies of true believers in Jesus Christ, the dominant denomination was named Roman Catholic. Read more…