Statement of Faith
In agreement with the Apostles’ Creed, we believe:
1. The Holy Bible
We believe that – while retaining the human identity of each author – the entire Holy Bible (without the Apocrypha) in its source texts is the inspired and inerrant Word of God. It was given to us by God to serve as the utmost authority in all issues concerning faith, thoughts and actions. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21; Heb. 4:12)
We believe that there is only one true God who reveals himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is Spirit, yet a person; eternal, omnipresent, almighty and omniscient; he is completely holy, good and just; a God of judgement as well as love, mercy and grace. (Gen. 1:1; Deut. 6:4; John 10:30; John 4:24; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 4:14; Psalm 139:1-10; Jer. 23:23-24; Psalm 99:9; Psalm 106:1; Deut. 32:4; 1 John 4:8; Exodus 34:6)
We believe in God the Father: The creator, author and sustainer of all things, including his plan of redemption for mankind. (Gen. 1:1; Rom. 8:28; 1 Cor. 8:6; John 3:16; Psalm 54:4; Psalm 55:22)
We believe in God the Son: Through him the world was created and who, by conception through the Holy Spirit, became fully man while remaining fully God at the same time. He died a substitutionary death on the cross for the guilt of man in order to redeem him from sin and everlasting separation from God. His resurrection from the dead was bodily, and he ascended into the heavens where he personally represents the believers before the Father. (John 1:1-18; Matt 1:18-21; Luke 24:39; Rom. 3: 23-25; John 5:18; Heb. 1:1-9; 1 John 5:20; 1 Tim. 2:5; Luke 24:51; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; 1 John 2:1-2)
We believe in God the Holy Spirit: He was sent from the Father and from the Son to glorify Christ and convict man about God’s way of salvation. He indwells every believer; he seals, strengthens, guides, teaches and sanctifies the believer and provides him/her with spiritual gifts for ministry in the church. As we submit all areas of life to Christ, he is able to fulfil us more and more. (John 14:26; 15:26; 16:13-15; Eph. 1:13; Rom. 8:13-16; 2 Cor. 1:22; Rom. 15:19; Acts 1:8; 2:38; 8:29; Gal. 5:18; Titus 3:5; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 1 Cor. 12:11)
We believe that God created man in his image and has given him reason, feelings and a free will so that he can live responsibly before God and rule over creation. Man and woman are equal before God, but are entrusted with different roles in family, church and society.
We believe that man fell into sin because of disobedience, and therefore all mankind was completely and eternally separated from God. Man’s nature, mind and deeds are now marked by sin. Due to the fall, hardship, sickness and death came into the world. (Gen. 1:26-30; Rom. 3:23; 1 Cor. 11:8-12; Rom. 1:18-22; Eph. 5:22-24)
We believe that mankind can only be saved through God’s grace by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. He alone is our mediator who completely took our penalty on himself. Everyone who, having been convicted by God’s Word and the Holy Spirit – acknowledges their sinfulness before God, wilfully submits to Christ’s substitutionary sacrifice and accepts Jesus as their Lord will be born again to new life and have assurance of eternal salvation. The believer experiences spiritual growth through fellowship with the Lord, obedience to God’s Word, as well as prayer and fellowship with other Christians. The believer will remain subject to physical and emotional suffering; however, it is in God’s hands to respond to the believer’s prayer and grant healing, strengthening and growth in the midst of suffering. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; John 1:29; Acts 13:38-39; Rom. 4:5, 5:1, 10:9-10; John 3:16; Eph. 2:8-9, 1:4-5; Heb. 10:10,14; Eph. 5:26-27; Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 6:11; 1 John 5:13; John 10:27-30, 17:1, 6:37; 2 Tim 1:12; James 1:2-3; 1 Pet. 2:20-21, 3:14, 4:12-19; 2 Cor. 4:7-12; Phil. 4:6-7; John 14:13-14; Rom. 5:3-5)
5. The Church
We believe in the church being a spiritual body with Christ being the head and all members being born-again believers.
We believe that the local church is a gathering of believers in Jesus Christ whose purpose is to worship and adore God, to proclaim the gospel in all the world, to practice biblical instruction (teaching), to give counsel in spiritual matters, to carry out social welfare deeds, to pray in supplication and intercession. The church has to maintain the visible signs of redemption: believer’s baptism and communion. Every single local church, and primarily its elders and deacons, is directly responsible to the Lord Jesus Christ. All church members are called to follow the example set by the leadership and serve each other according to everyone’s spiritual maturity, character and gifting.
We believe in the independence and self-reliance of the local church. An autonomous church is still expected to have common ground with the umbrella organization where teaching and practice are concerned.
We recognize and support the governmental authorities in their God-given role as long as none of God’s laws are being violated. (Eph. 1:22-23, 4:15-16; Acts 2:42-47, 14:23; 1 Cor. 11:23-27, 12:19-20, 27-28; Matt. 28:19; 1 Pet. 5:1-5; Titus 1:5)
6. Eschatology (The final things)
We believe in Christ’s visible return after times of trial, temptation and God’s judgment. Christ is then going to pass final judgment on the living and the dead. In the end, God will create a New Heaven and a New Earth that will be filled with absolute righteousness. The redeemed will spend eternity in God’s presence, but the unredeemed in separation from God. (Titus 2:13; 1 Thess. 1:10, 4:13-18, 5:4-10; John 14:1-3; Matt. 24:8-31, 25:31-46; Rev. 21:1-8)