Quiet Waters agrees with the Evangelical Alliance 'Basis of Faith'. While this statement of doctrinal belief makes our Christian standing clear, we are aware that some points receive more emphasis in our time and thinking than others. The following points have particular value in our listening, counselling and caring for others:
The Holy Trinity - we believe in the one true God who lives eternally in three persons, the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit. We believe in God's fatherly knowledge of us and care for us before, during and since He created us (Psalm 139). We believe that Jesus is both truly divine and truly human. We believe in the Holy Spirit who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth and enables our work of discipleship and our witness.
Holy Scripture - We use the Bible, not only as authority in our minds and behaviour, but as inspiration for our hearts and practice.
Fallen Man - Our fallen state is reflected by the spoiling of God's image in us, our brokenness, and our fragmented wholeness, it is this that needs healing. We also draw special encouragement for all those who suffer through little fault of their own, from the suffering of Jesus.
Redemption - Although our work often prepares to receive faith, or ministers to doubts and difficulties after conversion, we warmly desire to lead people to faith in Jesus. We believe that repentance towards God, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit are necessary elements of salvation and redemption. These may occur close together or over a period of time.
Justification - We believe in the justification of the sinner solely by the grace of God through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ crucified and risen from the dead.
New Life - We believe that the deep work of change and healing in the believer is achieved through dying to sin, being buried with Christ and rising to new life in Him which is often affirmed by baptism in water.
The Holy Spirit - We acknowledge our need and depend solely on the healing work of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit in our counselling and in our corporate work together.
The Church - We recognise the importance of the corporate body of believers in a locality in the work of the Kingdom of God and seek to work in unity with all who acknowledge Jesus as Lord.
Christ's Return - We expect that those who work with us as Christian counsellors and listeners are committed to the principle of living lives worthy of the Lord (Col 1v10), relying on His grace and forgiveness whenever we need it. We live in anticipation of His personal return in glory.