Saturday, 13 July, 2024

Our Faith

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You might be asking, what is the confession of our faith?

We believe in the books of the Bible to be an inspired and the infallible, authentic word of God. We understand that the word of God should be taken seriously in all our Christian daily life and conduct. In as much as is not possible to live the Christian life to full satisfaction without an adequate grasp of the Bible. Every Christian believer, worker, and minister should always meditate in the Bible (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16,17.).

The Bible is God’s revelation to mankind. It has an answer to every problem in this life both for individual and for all nations. Although the sixty-six books of the bible were written by over forty different authors in a period of about 1800 years, yet there are powerful unity and harmony throughout the Bible. The Bible has met the need of so many nationalities and tribes who differ in languages, customs, and backgrounds.

The Scripture reveals God’s Justice, Holiness, Mercy, Compassion, Love, Power, Sovereignty, Wisdom, Goodness, Faithfulness e.t.c. The central theme of the Bible is Christ and his redemptive work. (John 5.39;20.31; Rev.1.1) However, to understand God’s word and be able to benefit from it, you need the divine surgical operation of the heart. (Dt.30.6; Hess.36.26; Heb.8.10)

Anyone who intends to profit in the study of God’s word must be so determined to be influenced by the scriptural evidence and avoid grieving the holy ghost by unbelief and hypocrisy. In all preaching and teaching of the bible, the practical aspect should always be kept in mind (2Tim.3.15-17; Rom 15.4)

This is what the Holy Bible teaches:

  • All the scriptures are given by the inspiration of God. The 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament are the inspired Words of God. The holy men spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. Thus the Bible should be the final authority in all matters concerning Christian conduct and work. II Timothy 3:16,17; Proverbs 30:5,6; Revelation 22:18,19;Ps. 119:105;II Tim. 3:10-15; II Peter 1:21; John 17:17
  • There is only one God, Who is the Creator of both visible and invisible creatures -Gen. 1:1; Ps. 86:9-10; Is. 43:10-11; John 1:1-3. Only God will be in existence forever. Ez. 3:14; in God every creature receives life -John 5:26.
  • Howbeit, God is a spirit being made of the Word and the Spirit. The possibility of the Word and the spirit to be distinct, separate, and recognizable personalities and qualities, is above the understanding of man (Psalm 33:6;). Nevertheless, the Word became flesh to dwell among men (John 1:14). As we have seen the Word in the person of Lord Jesus Christ, so is the Spirit also God. Thus the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are different Persons in the Godhead, not merely three names for one Person. Matthew 3:16,17; II Corinthians13:14; Matthew 28:19,20; Ps. 33:6-9.
  • The virgin birth of Jesus Christ is taught in the bible, We also believe in the crucifixion, death, burial and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Romans 1:2-4; I Corinthians 15:3,4.
  • The fall of man from the grace of God is recorded in the scripture. Man willingly choose to be like God in disobedience to His commandment. This choice of man to be independent of God made men sinful and guilty, which rendered them subject to God’s wrath and condemnation. Psalm 51:5; Job 14:4; Romans 3:23; 5:12-17; Mark 7:21-23; Ephesians 2:1.
  • Repentance is a complete turning away from all sin and its deceitful pleasures, which is required before one can be truely born again (Born of God): Proverb 28:13; Isaiah 55:7; Ezekiel 18:21-23; Mark 1:15; Luke 24:46,47; Acts 2:38; 3:19,21;20:21; II Corinthians 7:10; Hebrew 6:1-3. II Chron. 7:14; Repentance is also the sorrow of a godly man for his sins with decision to abstain from them. This is returning to the first start to become dependent on God again
  • The Restitution is making amends for wrongs done against our fellowmen: Genesis 20:1-8,14-18; Exodus 22:1-7; Leviticus 6:1-17; Numbers 5:6-8; 11 Samuel 12:1-6; Proverbs 6:31; Ezekiel 33:14-16; Matthew 5:23,24; Luke 19:8,9; Acts 23:1-5; 24:16; James 4:17-5:6.
  • Justification (simultaneously with Regeneration) is the act of God’s grace whereby one receives forgiveness and remission of sins, and is counted righteous before God: Psalm 32:1,2; Isaiah 1:18; Micah 7:29; John 1:12-13;3:3-8; Acts 10:43;13:38,39; Romans 3:24-30; 4:6-16; 5:1,2; II Corinthians 5:9,17-21; Galatians 2:16;3:24; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; I Peter 1:23;I Cor. 6:11.
  • The Water Baptism is essential to our obedience after reconciliation with God. Water Baptism is one immersion (not three), “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”, as Jesus commanded. Matthew 28:19; 3:13-17; Mark 16:15; Acts 2:38,39; 19:1-6; Romans 6:4,5. The teaching is revealed in the New Testament and all Christians must obey this rule of the Lord – Acts 2:24; Acts 16:15; Acts 18:8; Acts 19:4-5. Every saved soul automatically qualifies for Water Baptism – Acts 8:29-39; 16:18-23. As believers who would not add to, or take out of the Word of God. Matt. 28:1
  • The Lord’s Supper was constituted by Jesus Christ so that all believers (all members of the family of God) might partake thereof regularly to “show the Lord’s death till He comes.” The emblems used are “unleavened bread” and the juice of the “fruit of the vine”. Anyone who eats and drinks unworthily brings “damnation”, punishment and chastisement upon himself. Matthew 26:26-29; Luke 22:17-20; I Corinthians 11:23-30;Mark 14:22-25; I Cor. 10:18, 21; Acts 2:42; 20:
  • The Entire Sanctification is a definite act of God’s grace, subsequent to the New Birth, by which the believer’s heart is purified and made holy. Holiness of life and purity of heart are central to Christian living. Luke 1:74,75; John 17:15-17; I Thessalonians 4:3,7,8; 5:22-24; Ephesians 5:25-27; Hebrew 2:11; 10:10,14; 12:14;13:11; Titus 2:11-14; I John 1:7; Hebrew 12:14; I Peter 1:14-16;II Cor. 7:1;II Thess. 2:13.
  • The the Baptism in the Holy Ghost is necessary for the enduement with power from on High upon the sanctified believer. It is the “promise of the Father” to give us the “gift of the Holy Ghost”: Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:8; Luke 3:16; 24:49; John 1:20-33; 7:37-39; 14:16,17,26; 15:26; 16:12-15; Acts 1:5-8; Mark 16:17; Acts 2:1-18; 10:44-46; 19:1-6.
  • The Redemption from the curse of the law, Healing of sickness and disease as well as continued Health are provided for all people through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. Exodus 15:26; Deuteronomy 7:15; Psalm 103:1-5; Proverbs 4:20-22; Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; I Peter 2:24; Mark 16:15-18; Luke 13:16; John 15:12-14; 10:10; Acts 10:38; James 5:14-16; I John 3:8; III John 2; Galatians 3:13,14.
  • The Personal Evangelism is a God-given and God-ordained ministry for every believer.: Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-49; John 17:18; Acts 1:8; 8:1-4; Psalm 126:5,6; Proverbs 11:30; Daniel 12:3; Ezekiel 13:17-21.
  • The Marriage is binding for life. Monogamy is the uniform teaching of the Bible: Genesis 2:24; Deuteronomy 7:1-4; Joshua 23:11-13; II Corinthians 6:14-18; Proverbs 31:10-31; Malachi 2:14,15; Romans 7:2,3; Ephesians 5:31-33; Matthew 5:31,32; 19:3-9; Mark 10:2-12; Luke 16:18; John 4:15-19; Genesis 20:3,7. Heb. 13:4;I John 2:15-17;
  • The Rapture (commonly referred to as the first phase of stage of the SECOND COMING OF CHRIST) is the catching away from the earth of all living saints and all who died in the Lord: John 14:1-3; Luke 21:34-36; I Corinthians 15:51-58; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:4-9; II Thessalonians 2:5-7; Philippians 3:11,20,21; I John 3:1-3.
  • The Resurrection of the dead is taught in the Bible as clearly as the immortality of the soul. Every individual who has ever lived will be resurrected, some to honour and glory, and others to everlasting shame and contempt. Job 19:25-27; Psalm 71:20; Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12:2; John 5:28,29; I Corinthians 15:12-57; I Thessalonians 4:13-16; Hebrews 6:1,2; Philippians 3:8-11; Revelation 20:4,6,12,13.
  • The Great Tribulation will occur before the rapture and will be a time of terrible suffering on earth. It is also referred to as the time of Jacob’s Trouble. Matthew 24:21,22,29; Revelation 9:16; Mark 13:19; II Thessalonians 2:3-12; Revelation 13. During this time, the Antichrist will take possession of this world for a reign of terror. Daniel 6:23-35; II Thessalonians 2:7-12; Revelation 13:1-10. Thus the dragon was wroth with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keeps the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 19:1-10.
  • The Second Coming of Christ will just be as literal as His going away, and He is coming to execute judgement upon the ungodly. He will also, then, set up His kingdom and reign on this present earth for a thousand years. Zechariah 14:3,4; Matthew 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 13:24-37; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; 2:8; Jude 14,15. Acts 1:9-11; John 14:3. I Thess. 4:15-17; I Cor. 15:51-52; Matt. 24:40-44; Matt 25:10.
  • The Christ’s Millennial Reign is the 1,000 years’ literal reign of Jesus on earth, which will be ushered in by the coming of Jesus back to earth with ten thousands of His saints. At this time He will judge the nations that dwell upon the face of the earth. Jude 14,15; II Thessalonians 1:7-10. During this time the devil will be bound. Revelation 20:2,3. It will be a reign of peace and blessing. Isaiah 2:2-4;11:6-9; 65:25; Hosea 2:18; Zechariah 14:9-20; 2:2-4; Mich. 4:4; Is. 65:21-23; Dan. 2:44-45; Dan. 7:13,14,22,27.
  • The Great White Throne Judgment is when God finally judges all (the living and the dead, small and great) who have ever lived on the face of the earth, according to their works. This is after the Millennium. Daniel 12:2,3; Matthew 10:15; 11:21-24; 12:41,42; John 5:28,29; Romans 2:15,16; 14:12; II Peter 2:9; Jude 6; I Corinthians 6:1-4; Acts 10:42; Revelation 20:11-15. Rev. 19:19-21; II Thess. 1:7-10; Jude 1:14-15; Zech. 14:3-4.
  • The New Heaven and the New Earth “wherein dwelleth righteousness” will be made by God and the redeemed shall dwell with God forever. This present earth which has been polluted by sin will pass away after the Great White Throne Judgment. Psalm 102:25,26; Isaiah 51:6; 65:17; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; II Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21:1;Isaiah 66:22; II Peter 3:12,13; I Corinthians 13:12; I John 3:2,3; Revelation 21:1-7; 22:1-5.
  • The Hell-fire is a place of everlasting punishment where sinners (all who do not have their names in the book of life) will suffer torments forever and ever. It was prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41), but God has decreed that the wicked and those who forget Him and reject Christ, will also be cast there, because of their sin and neglect of His salvation. Psalm 9:17; Matthew 25:46; Luke 12:4,5; 16:19-31; Matthew 5:22,30; Mark 9:43-47; Revelation 14:10,11; 20:10,12-15.
  • We believe that there is a devil, who seeks the down fall of every man. He brought sickness, sin and death into the world. Gen. 3:1-16. He seeks the destruction of those who exercise their faith in the Lord Jesus. Matt. 4:1-11; James 4:7; I Peter 5:8. The devil has several unclean spirits over whom he governs – Matt. 12:24. A time would soon come when he shall be thrown into the pit and chained for one thousand years- Rev. 20:7-9. After this, he will be put into the lake of fire where he will remain suffering together with his followers for ever and ever. Rev. 20:10.

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