About A People of Peace
We are passionate about “spurring on” the Church in its mandate given to us in Jesus; to bring unity in diversity, community and mutual respect to fragmented parts of our societies, inclusion and care to those excluded, restorative justice to the persecuted and persecutor, dignity to the outcast or belittled, empathy to the culturally, ethnically, religiously or relationally misunderstood, and to equip the Church to be a prophetic voice in our cultures by challenging the systemic inequalities and injustices of our time in the way Christ did in his day through His way of life, death and resurrection so that all may live in peace together and enjoy the Kingdom of God.
A People of Peace is a learning community created for theological teaching and conversation on the Kingdom of God. It is for those who are seeking a socially compassionate and inclusive expression of the Christian faith, who are also committed to finding the balance and promoting aspects of moral conservatism, seeing them as ideals given to us by God leading to human flourishing, an antidote to chaos and humanism (paganism). This learning hub is a platform for discussion from different perspectives, committed to learning from each other in respect.
Our aim is to provide a framework for biblical peace, challenging us to live into the hope of a new world away from Empire and into inclusive care for all. Our articles, podcasts, videos, academic research, interactive online community, learning hub and books help to bring essential teaching for the Church into our time.
A People of Peace & CFMI
CFMI is our UK based mother charity. APoP is a funding arm for the projects of CFMI. All funds generated through APoP subscriptions are received by CFMI and used towards their charitable objectives; for the advancement of Christian religion; the relief of poverty; and the promotion of public health in Africa by means of a range of peacebuilding initiatives and other projects. At the moment these projects are based predominantly in northern Nigeria and the Lake Chad region where ongoing ethno-religious conflict and crises around land rights have left the region devastated.
In this region of the world forced population movement is a significant and ongoing issue. Today there are 1.7 million Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs), this has increased by 300,000 people since this time last year (2019 UNICEF data). 3 million people in the Lake Chad region live in food insecurity and require external support and aid (UNICEF data). With this region’s increased transience, disease outbreaks have increased (measles, cholera) and human rights violations such as violence against women and children have also seen an increase.
CFMI also believes that as followers of Jesus we have a mandate to love our neighbour, and they work broadly to care for the vulnerable and dispossessed peoples of this region. The charity also believe the gospel calls us to love our enemy and to secure reconciliation, for us with God, and between us and our neighbours – whoever they may be. This peacebuilding mentality is the heart of all that CFMI does through its humanitarian relief, education initiatives and development projects. They work at the grassroots level, inspiring peace and collaboration between different tribal and religious groups. When Christians “beat their swords into plowshares” (Isa 2:4) and take on the mandate of peace as Jesus lived, people who don’t yet know God have an opportunity to see into His heart.
With a Bible College at the centre of CFMI’s work, they have a unique position to experience how our study of scripture influences our practice, and how our practice influences our study of scripture, “as iron sharpens iron” (Pro 27:17). The theological outlook of APoP has been developed and understood through the learnings from CFMI’s work. APoP therefore operates as a way to further engage our existing and new supporters in the vision and outlook of CFMI.
Statement of Faith
We believe that God’s truth is incarnational. That is, God expressed his truth by coming in the flesh and suffering in our presence. This is how he showed us who he is, so we could follow. Any truth that is expressed in a credal form, that isn’t incarnational, that isn’t shared by those who are prepared to suffer, isn’t
This is what Paul said about his relationship with the Corinthians. He died daily so they could live. He said they were the same in their communities, “living letters of truth,” the only way others could see and learn who God truly is. This is how our “statements of faith” should be made. They are not issues we fight about, but matters we lay ourselves down for. They are not meant to divide, but for us to give ourselves in uniting others.
Peter spoke about the way the early church should present
The early church presented their living faith statements in this way. They met from house to house, sharing food with each other, in prayer, and they continued in the apostle’s doctrine. What doctrine was this? The essence of early doctrine was that in Christ, God became a man and gave himself for us all, especially for those who had been cast aside by the powers of the world. And in doing this, God rose Christ from the dead into
So the essence of early faith was this: If God, who is transcendent, can travel such a far distance to humble himself and serve us, to wash our feet, then how much more ought we travel the small distance between ourselves socially, racially, or otherwise, to reconcile with and serve each other? In doing this together we are expressing our faith in
Early baptism was making a statement like this. We follow Christ into his death, to give ourselves for each other, as he gave himself for us. This is our community life between believers, no matter our ethnic, social, economic or gender backgrounds. In living with others in this way, we are dying to ourselves and receiving new, eternal life in God’s selfless kingdom. This creed can only be expressed by what we do. It means faithfulness beyond the walls that our society builds between us as one new united family in love.
The “communion” was another way the early church gave
This expresses all the major doctrines of our creeds, but it does so by putting humility and service at the centre of these doctrines, where they belong. And this is what deals with our sin, in a genuine cross life. It’s like the early credal poem in Philippians 2:5-11. It expresses all the early beliefs of the incarnation of God in Christ, his death for us and his resurrection to lordship over a new world. But at the very centre of these doctrines is the humility of Christ, and this humility was the main point Paul was making, what Paul was calling the Philippians to see and to follow.
When we read these doctrines set out in a credal form today, the humility of God, the essential part that builds into our identity as his disciples, may not be listed among the major doctrines of our faith. Being neglected, we may present our statements of faith to others in un-Christlike ways. What is the most important part
The most essential part of our faith is the humility we live towards our neighbour and enemy, reflective of the humility and compassion of God towards us in our own brokenness, and his will to restore us as community to new life.
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