Upwards, Inwards And Outwards

John Arnott (the founding pastor of CTF Toronto, the Church previously known as Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship) speaks of the ‘three journeys’ that all followers of Jesus are called to make.

There is a journey upwards – exploring the character and nature of God and his love for us. There is a journey inwards – addressing the implications of God’s love for us and any damaged areas of our hearts that this love seeks to heal. Last but not least, there is a journey outwards – discovering the implications of the truth that if we are loved this much, then other people around us are also the target of God’s love.

For each one of us as individuals, and together as a community of faith, it is imperative that we pay attention (in deeds as well as in words) to each of these journeys.


Jesus’ Great Commission, recorded in Matthew 28, makes clear the importance of Church being a place where disciples (followers) are ‘made’, or developed, or nurtured.

There are many and various ways that each of us as disciples can grow. We place a high value on good, relevant, Bible-based teaching and on Spirit-led worship that keeps our focus on how great Jesus is.

Another key component is learning from each other. This is why we encourage all our members to be part of a Life Group, with real relationships that can flourish and where we can all learn about God stuff in a setting that is open to discussion and debate in a way that is very different to listening to a sermon. We also encourage mentoring in smaller groups, or even on a one-to-one basis, as and when there is enough trust and respect for such a close link being natural and healthy.

In addition to our FIRE values, we have a vision that is summarised in the acrostic FLAME (see the panel opposite).


Statement Of Faith

Everything we do has to be based on the basis of what we believe to be true about who God is, what he is like and how the world around us works. Our Church is a member of the Evangelical Alliance and we fully support the Alliance’s Statement Of Faith. Here it is:

1.  The one true God who lives eternally in three persons — the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
2.  The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
3.  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.
4.  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.
5.  The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ — born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
6.  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.
7.  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.
8.  The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
9.  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.
10.  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.
11.  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.


F - family

We will be a cross-generational and cross-cultural Church, learning and growing together. Children and young people will be welcomed and valued.

L - liberty

Our members will be encouraged and enabled to enter ever more fully into the freedom which Christ has won for us.

A - accommodate

(Accommodate the Holy Spirit). Priority will be given to the presence of God and the demonstration of the supernatural works of God.

M - mission

We will be an outward-facing Church, seeking to transform society around us with the gospel.

E - equipping

We will be a training Church, equipping the saints for works of service to the world. We will establish a ministry school for training heroic world-changers.