Doctrinal Basis and Creed

Doctrinal Basis and Creed

Doctrinal Basis and Creed

The Doctrinal Basis and Creed of the Church are as follows:

Doctrine

The Church is Evangelical and accepts the infallibility of the Holy Bible as its final authority in matters pertaining to faith and conduct and believes that:

  • The Holy Bible, inspired by God is infallible, authoritative and profitable for teaching, reproof, correcting and for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16 – 17; 2 Peter 1: 20 – 21).
  • The Church is a chosen community of believers, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation and God’s own people (1 Peter 2:9). In view of this, it is the duty of the Church to strive to live a holy life.
  • There is the unity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three in one and one in three (Deut. 6:4; Matthew 28: 19; 2 Cor. 13:14).
  • The human race is totally depraved as a consequence of the fall of mankind and is therefore in need of new birth in Christ Jesus (Gen. 3; John 3:3; Rom. 3:10; 5:12).
  • The Son of God came into the world, taking on the human body, did works of grace, died for the sins of mankind, resurrected to give mankind eternal life, ascended into Heaven to be mediator between God and man and He reigns eternally (Mark 10:45; Luke 24:6; 5:1; Thess. 4:16 – 17; 1 Peter 3:18).
  • A person is justified by grace through faith in Christ Jesus alone (Rom. 3:24 – 26; Acts 13:39). The Holy Spirit works in the heart of a person to bring conversion and sanctification (Acts 13:39; Rom. 3:23–26; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:23– 25).
  • The Church was instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ and it is the Church’s responsibility to worship God, evangelize and build up the Church by exercising the spiritual gifts given to them by God (Matthew 16: 16 – 18; 1 Corinthians 12: 4 – 11; Ephesians 2: 19 – 22 , 4: 11 – 16).
  • Jesus Christ instituted the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper and instructed the Church to observe them regularly – (Matt. 26:25 – 29, 28: 19 –20, 1 Cor. 11:23- 24)
  • On the last day, the Lord Jesus Christ shall return in person.The dead shall be resurrected bodily, after which the World shall be judged by Him, resulting in the eternal bliss of the righteous and the eternal punishment of the wicked (I Thess.4:14-17; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; Acts 24: 15; Heb. 9:27, 2 Cor. 5:10).

The Creed

The Church accepts the Apostles’ Creed as it is:

I believe in God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried. He descended into Hades, on the third day He rose from the dead, He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting, Amen.