Beliefs and Core Values
Presence of God
The presence of God is central to our lives and to ESSL. That is why we start each gathering with worship. We want to be presence, not programme centred. We seek to know the presence of God in our daily lives in whatever we are involved with.
We are sons and daughters of the King of kings. We are royalty. Our self-worth comes from the knowledge of who we are. We can enjoy access to Father, Son and Holy Spirit at any time. Intimacy with Him and hearing from Him is our birthright.
Honour flows from our identity as royal sons and daughters and from the recognition that others are made in His image. It’s about how we manage ourselves and love, respect and treat others. It creates an environment in which we can feel safe and Holy Spirit can flow freely. We must treat others with respect and value them as Jesus does. This also requires us to be honest and truthful with each other to maintain integrity and trust.
We are powerful people. We make our own decisions and form our own opinions. It is vital that we take responsibility for our personal growth and destiny – no one else can do that for us. It’s important to understand that the actions we take have a direct bearing on ourselves and others, and may result in us having to address any issues that arise from our decisions.
We believe Holy Spirit leads us into all truth, and that the Bible is the inspired word of God. We need to diligently study the Word whilst continuously listening to Holy Spirit’s guidance. We trust that He will bring us fresh insight and revelation to deepen our understanding of the truth. He does this in many ways, including through the Bible, through revelatory encounters with him, prophecy, teaching and preaching.
God IS love. He delights in us. We are loved and accepted unconditionally by Him. Living in the reality of this truth enables us to live in security and free from fear. Perfect love casts out fear. It also enables us to love ourselves and to love others. It is essential that we embrace this truth and extend it towards ourselves and others, so that we can grow and discover who He made us to be.
God extends his Father’s heart towards us. We are His beloved children, and enjoy the intimacy of a family relationship with Him and with each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. We also reflect His Father’s heart. You are now part of the ESSL family. It is our desire to raise up sons and daughters, not students. A loving parent’s heart is that their children become mature, independent adults, who may go further than their parent, fulfilling their OWN destiny, and not simply fulfilling the vision of the parents.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. We value and embrace this freedom and will protect it at all cost. Jesus came not just to set us free FROM the bondage which had enslaved us, but He released us to come INTO everything we were originally created for. We are free to think for ourselves, explore new opportunities and discover new depths. Freedom also brings responsibilities towards God, ourselves, and others.
Jesus came that we would have life – and life to the full! We believe that in His presence there is fullness of joy, and that it is His desire for us to experience this. Holy Spirit is fun to be with, and we are free to be filled to overflowing with joy, fun, passion and enthusiasm!
We are supernatural people living in an environment where we expect God’s Kingdom presence to invade every situation. We expect to see miracles and for Holy Spirit to change the atmosphere wherever we go. We carry the Kingdom of God within us and it flows from us. For us, God’s children, the supernatural is natural. At ESSL we are training for life, not a Christian ministry. We look for God at work everywhere around us. We actively encourage stories of God at work (the “Good News”). We are willing to put ourselves in situations where we are dependent on God’s supernatural power. This requires courage; courage is faith in action.