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BELIEFS

 

We believe in the one true God who lives eternally in three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We believe in the love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world. We believe in the divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God – fully trustworthy for faith and conduct. We believe in the dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement. We believe in the incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ – born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin. We believe in the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God. We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world. We believe in the justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ. We believe in the ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness. We believe in the church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers — given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love. We believe in the personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.


ACCOUNTABILITY & SUPPORT

 

LOCALLY

The Open Heaven Trustees Team are accountable to the Charities Commission to provide legal and financial oversight of Open Heaven Church. The current Trustees are: Nick Davis, Andy Pask, Sarah Ford and Nick Light. The friendship, trust and collaboration with other leaders across the Church of Loughborough also provides much mutual support, shared wisdom and resources.

 

NATIONALLY

Open Heaven is part of the Pioneer Network of Churches. Billy Kennedy (Leader of Pioneer) provides apostolic direction for Open Heaven as one of the Apostolic Resource Communities in the network. Steve Clifford (General Director of the Evangelical Alliance) provides oversight, care, wisdom and support for Open Heaven’s Leadership Team. Pioneer also advises Leadership Teams on good practice and offers specific input from Pioneer’s Safeguarding Officer on how to refine and embed safeguarding policies.