Affinity is a fellowship of Churches, evangelical Agencies and Christians.
Through our fellowship together we seek to express the unity all God's people enjoy because they belong to Jesus Christ.
Churches in all parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland belong to Affinity together with evangelical agencies and individual Christians.
Through our partnership with one another we are committed to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The apostle Peter says “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honour the emperor.” 1 Peter 2:17.
Do not wring your hands in despair or rub them together in glee but lift them up in prayer.
Practise what you preach and believe that God is in control and trust him for the outcome. He may be judging us as a nation, he may be about to bless us, or both, but always his will always prevails. No-one has won or lost but the Lord of history, who always wins. Do not assume that you have the wisdom to determine if it was the ‘right’ answer or the ‘wrong’ one.
Love your brothers and sisters in Christ and love your neighbours. Your love is being tested. You may have Christian friends, family members, neighbours or workmates who voted differently to you. Be careful not to attribute blame, wrong motives, inferior intellect or failed morality to them. Work for unity within the church and in our divided country. Re-assure those who feel disturbed or anxious.
Preach the gospel. I think the events of the last few weeks have demonstrated a profound spiritual hunger. Tell people about King Jesus. Union with him is all that matters.
Yours in the secure love of Christ,
Posted 24th June 2016 | Comments 0
With just days to go before the UK decides on its future relationship with the European Union, the Affinity Social Issues Team has commissioned two papers setting out contrasting positions on the matter. We hope these may prove helpful for Christians as we seek to cast our vote in a wise and godly manner on June 23.
These papers will also appear as part of the June edition of the Social Issues Bulletin, but as this will likely be delayed until just before the referendum, we decided to make them available now to give more time for their contents to be considered.
Guy Brandon of the Jubilee Centre in Cambridge writes in favour of staying in, while Peter Mcilvenna, a UKIP activist, argues for leaving.
Posted 13th June 2016 | Comments 0
The Prayer Calendar for June is now available to download. With one item for every day of the month, please use this to inform your praying for the many churches, agencies and individuals who are faithfully serving the Lord both in the UK and around the world. Thank you!
Another very convenient way of accessing the calendar is via the mobile app PrayerMate. Sign up for the daily feed here. Use this app for your mobile device and subscribe to our calendar to receive the prayer item for each day direct to your phone or tablet.
Posted 31st May 2016 | Comments 0
The mission is not ours it is God’s. It is not so much that God has a mission for His church in the world, rather that God has a church for His mission in the world.
Posted 27th May 2016 | Comments 0
The Spring 2016 issue of our In Touch newsletter is now available online. This issue contains an message from our new Director, Graham Nicholls, news of church revitalisation in the Welsh valleys, the ongoing ministry of Edinburgh Theological Seminary (formerly the Free Church College) and the work in Belfast of Stranmillis Evangelical Presbyterian Church. There is also information about our next Theological Study Conference and about how to purchase the newly-published book of papers from our previous conference.
An online journal of evangelical theology published by the Theological Team.
The Bulletin is published three times a year by the Social Issues Team to keep evangelical churches and individual Christians informed of the implications of legislation and public policy on social issues in the UK.
Our World Focus Team has produced a range of very helpful papers containing information and advice for churches and Christians seeking to be better informed and equipped for world mission. Click on the link below for access to the World Mission resources Papers.
OSCAR, the UK Information Service for World Mission, is an Affinity Associate. Their website provides valuable resources about many aspects of world mission for both Christians and churches. Click on the link below to go to the OSCAR website.
A number of Mission Agencies are Affinity Associates. For more information click on the link
Table Talk is a series of occasional papers published by the Theological Team that address contemporary issues relevant to the lives of Christians and churches.
Mission Matters is a series of occasional papers on contemporary issues in World Mission commissioned by the World Focus Team. The purpose of Mission Matters is to stimulate thinking on significant issues in World Mission.