The following are the core principles on which the school's teaching is based. These principles guide us in how to raise fruitful believers.
 

Character | Power | Incremental Success | Diligence | Honour | Faith | Love

CHARACTER

Character is the primary focus when developing gifts

 

The School of Faith stewards it's students by emphasizing development of character to sustain gifting. Character is defined as the inner strength or moral fibre based on private victories that lay a foundation for public success. Character allows you to continue to walk uprightly with God when your gifting elevates you in the eyes of the world. Gifting without the strength of character can cause harm to others and destruction to your life, and as such, the School places heavy responsibility to develop character in conjunction with gifting. 

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV
"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing."

In 1 Samuel 13:13-14 NIV, King Saul was elevated to kingship but was not a man of character and this became his demise.
"You have done a foolish thing," Samuel said. "You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord's command."

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POWER

If we are to exhort the world to believe in Jesus, we must first walk in faith and power

 

Supernatural signs and wonders, in conjunction with the presence of the Holy Spirit, act as a signpost to God. They demonstrate the Kingdom, truth and love that cannot be copied or found anywhere else in the world, and demand a response. We owe the world a spiritual encounter with Jesus that cannot be counterfeited, if we expect people to wholeheartedly give their lives to Jesus. 

John 10:37-38 NIV
"Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father."

Romans 15:18-19 NIV
"I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done. By the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ."

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INCREMENTAL SUCCESS

Success built incrementally is lasting

 

God doesn’t tend to drop great resources such as finance, skill or revelation on a person, but rather He builds these gradually. The journey is where you learn to steward well what God has given you, and the journey builds strength so your success doesn’t overcome you. Quick success that takes you beyond where your character can sustain you, can destroy you. It creates burnout and ungodly attitudes in you. God holds us responsible for stewarding the gifts and resources He has given us, so God tends to release them gradually, giving us what we can steward well, as we seek Him for increase.

Deuteronomy 7:22 GWT
"Little by little he will force these nations out of your way. You won't be able to wipe them out quickly. Otherwise, you would be overrun with wild animals.."

Proverbs 20:21 NIV
"An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end."

Proverbs 13:11 NIV
"Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow."

Matthew 7:7 NIV
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."

Romans 5:3-4 NIV
"Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope."

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DILIGENCE

The way we preform a task is often just as important as the result, although often not seen

 

God gives us increase when we steward well what we have received. This applies to administration of ministry as much as the spiritual gifts used to minister. To excel we need to master the spirit, soul and body that God has given us, using our time, influence and other resources wisely to build people and His Kingdom in love. We diligently study and work to ensure we uplift (and not harm) others and ourselves.

1 Corinthians 9:25-27 NIV
"Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize."

Proverbs 10:4 NIV
"Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth."

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HONOUR

Honour is tantamount to success in the Kingdom - honour  for believers and non-believers is a priority

 

A culture of honour is the good soil that manifests the deeper things of God. God directs us to honour people always – God is love and love always honours. The Bible teaches honour your father and mother, honour your leaders, slaves honour masters, and we see David acts after God’s heart when he honours Saul. Honour places the correct value on another human being, a son or daughter of God, and says you have value by birth, regardless of action. Honour says even if you have sinned, you have value, as Jesus demonstrated for us on the cross.

You can receive from the bounty and gifts of those you honour, such as those who honoured Jesus and received miracles. When Jesus was not honoured in His home town He could do few miracles – not because He had less power, but the Father’s servant received less honour and so mighty miracles were not released. When we pray for our leaders, we live peaceful lives. When we honour a prophet because he is one sent from God, we can receive of his gifts; we receive a prophet’s reward. Love upholds honour always and respects decisions even if they are not to receive Jesus. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman and we are to follow His example. The Holy Spirit celebrates environments of honour, and as such the School is a place of honour, always.

Matthew 10:41 NIV
"Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward."

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away."

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FAITH

Only believe

 

The finished work of the cross gives us everything we ever need, and as Jesus says, our place is to only believe. He exhorts us to have faith in every circumstance saying that nothing will be impossible for us. Therefore, we take things that God has spoken, and in a response of faith, we act, trusting that God will bring to pass what He has spoken. For example, Jesus says to lay hands on the sick and the sick will recover – therefore as a response in faith to this statement, we take action to lay hands on the sick trusting that God will meet us and the sick will recover. We believe for provision when He gives us direction, we believe He has a plan for our lives and in response seek to uncover what He has hidden to keep safe specifically for us. We study at the School to make this a reality in our lives, purging ourselves of fear and doubt, to only believe.

Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast."

Hebrews 11:6 NIV
"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."

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LOVE

If we don't have love everything else we do is for naught

 

The primary reason we act is out of love – God's love for us, our love for Him, our love for others and love towards ourselves. God is love, and without love we have naught. Love helps keep our motivations right, and is the foundation the Kingdom is built upon. If we have excellence but not love, it is a cold, clinical excellence. We exist to love God and others, and live to demonstrate His heart to the world. Love empowers us supernaturally today, as it did 2,000 years ago on the cross. Love conquers all.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV
"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing."

There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation than for bread.
— Mother Teresa