OSJ Principles

Essentially, this is our working version of the creed.

As members of the OSJ (UK):

As imperfect as we are, we acknowledge our faith in One God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

We believe and trust in God the Father who made all things good.

We believe and trust in His Son, Jesus, the Christ, who brought forgiveness to all who accept him as saviour.

We believe and trust in the Holy Spirit who empowers the people of God.

We believe and trust in the transforming power of prayer and faith.

We believe and trust that God welcomes all who seek Him, without exception.

We believe Holy Scripture contains the Word of God.

We recognise and acknowledge that there is only One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, 
and although it is expressed in great diversity and form, Christ is its one head, who we serve as called by the Holy Spirit.

We believe that God calls each and every one of us to serve Him in some unique way.

We believe that none should be denied their ministry, 
but freely receive support, help and encouragement where ministry is discerned.

We believe that all ministries are essential, however small or great they may seem, and carry equal importance.

We believe that all people are equal before God (none being greater or less than any other). 

We actively seek to end all forms and expressions of injustice, intolerance and prejudice that are contrary to scripture and the work of the Holy Spirit.

We acknowledge our responsibilities to those who express their faith in a different way.

We rejoice in our shared experiences and our differences, accepting both equally and wholeheartedly, 
sharing what is just and good because of our genuine and Godly love for one another, 
always giving support and encouragement without favour and upholding what is good and true without prejudice.

We accept that what is right for some may not be right for others. 
Our journeys with God take us in different directions, along different paths and in different ways. 
We shall not therefore pass judgement on others for they are in God's hands as we are. 
God unconditionally accepts us as we are, and we will accept others likewise.

We believe it is our duty as Christians to learn to accept to the love that God bestows upon us,
to learn to love ourselves as God loves us, accepting what we are, just as God accepts us,
to learn to love others as we ourselves are loved,
to become the people God created us to be through learning to love God,

We believe it is also our joy to learn to live in the fullness of life which God gave us,
to find God in all things and to do His bidding. 

We will seek to faithfully serve in whatever capacity we are called, each according to the gifts
and ministries they have been given.

We will always keep in mind that no person or circumstance can take God's love away from us, whatever we have done, 
and we can rest assured, knowing God's love for us is firm and unshakeable, that we cannot ever be separated from His love.

We seek to minister to all those who need help in a truly non-denominational way, regardless of the barriers that society (and sometimes the church) erects. 

We do not seek to compromise the teachings of Christ (or the bible) in any way but to put them into effect.

We seek to follow the pattern of servant leadership modelled by Christ as the pattern for all ministry. 

Our focus is on ministry where it is needed, not in maintaining buildings or organisational structures.

In respect of ministry, the Order of St James reserves the right to ordain and to consecrate within the traditions of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.