What we believe

The doctrinal basis of IFES shall be the fundamental truths of Christianity, including:

  • The unity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the Godhead.
  • The sovereignty of God in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement.
  • The divine inspiration and entire trustworthiness of Holy Scripture, as originally given, and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  • The universal sinfulness and guilt of all people since the fall, rendering them subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
  • Redemption from the guilt, penalty, dominion and pollution of sin, solely through the sacrificial death (as our representative and substitute) of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.
  • The bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead and his ascension to the right hand of God the Father.
  • The presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration.
  • The justification of the sinner by the grace of God through faith alone.
  • The indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.
  • The one holy universal Church which is the body of Christ and to which all true believers belong.
  • The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.


As we work together across the IFES fellowship towards our vision, we seek to live out these core
values in every aspect of our ministry.

  • Faithfulness to Scripture: The Bible is the ultimate authority and inspiration for life and all
    aspects of our ministry. We emphasise the loving, studying, living and sharing of God’s Word.
  • Prayer: We pursue and maintain a posture of humility and dependence on God through
    prayer in our ministry.
  • Community: We seek to cultivate vibrant local, regional and global communities that
    encourage fellowship and learning and enhance our mission.
  • Student Initiative: We are a ministry of students reaching students and we believe in students
    taking the initiative in all aspects of witness to the university.
  • Unity in Diversity: We value the diversity of God’s creation and the body of Christ. We draw
    participants from diverse ethnicities, cultures, languages, and church traditions as a worldwide
  • Partnership: We believe we are more effective in our work when it is done together. We
    accomplish our mission in partnership with one another, with the local church and like-minded
    organisations around the world.