Doctrinal Basis

Doctrinal Basis

AFES student groups unite around the gospel of Jesus as revealed in the Bible.  The first students in 1936 formalised what we believe in the AFES Doctrinal Basis as a way of welcoming all who have an evangelical faith in Jesus for the purpose of serving Christ’s mission on campus together.

AFES upholds the fundamental truths
of the Christian faith, including:

  • The divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture as originally given and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

  • The unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead.

  • The universal sinfulness and guilt of humanity since the fall, rendering men and women subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.

  • The conception of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit and his birth by the virgin Mary.

  • Redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death, as our representative and substitute, of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.

  • The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

  • The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective in the individual sinner, granting him or her repentance towards God, and faith in Jesus Christ.

  • The indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.

  • The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.