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  • Writer's picturePastor Jehonathan Abrahams

What we believe

The Bible

1.1 The Scriptures are Sacred, Complete and the Supreme and Final Authority. They are the Absolute Rule in all matters of truth, doctrine, faith, life and conduct, superseding all views that contradict the interpretation of the Scriptures. (Psalm 19:7-9, 119:160; Acts 15:13-20).

1.2 The Bible, containing of the Old and New Testament Scriptures (66 Books), in its initial form, is the fully inspired, unerring and infallible Word of God (Psalm 119:142, 160; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

1.3. The Scriptures are the revelation of God’s nature, purpose and will to humanity (Psalm 138:2; John 1:1-4, 5:39; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 1 John 1:1-3; Revelation 19:13)

1.4. The Church partakes of the Divine nature of Christ through its reception of, and submission and obedience to God’s Word, and is able to know the will and purpose of God for the creation of all things in heaven and in the earth (Psalm 111:10; Matthew 13:1-23; John 3:5, 14:21-23; Ephesians 1:13, 5:27; Hebrews 4:11-12; James 1:18-21; 1 Peter 1:22-23; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 3:9).

God

We believe in the mystery of God (Colossians 2:2; Revelation 10:7), presented as ONE God (Deuteronomy 6:4), expressed to creation in the persons of FATHER, SON and HOLY SPIRIT. In Christ, the mystery of Deity is presented to all of creation (Colossians 1:19, 2:9; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Hebrews 1:1-3).

Christ

2.1. CHRIST

2.1.1. When we speak of Christ we refer to the pre-existent, eternal and uncreated being in whom presided the fullness of Deity. The historical Jesus is the incarnation of Christ in a body. Christ Jesus is the resurrected, ascended Son seated at the right hand of the Father.

2.1.2. In Christ we discover the image of God , presented to creation as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Accordingly we believe, that in the name of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) is contained the image and glory of God (Colossians 2:9).

3. The pre-existent, pre-incarnate Christ is a mystery, which was hidden in God from eternity (Ephesians 3:4-9, 5:32; Colossians 1:26-27, 2:2, 4:3).

4. The mystery of Christ is visibly presented and expressed to creation in the person of Jesus (Colossians 2:9). Therefore, in the humanity of the historical Jesus, the fullness of Deity is made manifest (Colossians 1:19).

5. The believers are introduced to the knowledge of God (Theology) by receiving and understanding the revelation of Christ (Christology). We believe that ‘Christology’ informs ‘Theology’. By this we mean that Christ is the only access to the knowledge of God (John 14:6; Ephesians 2:18).

6. The mystery of Christ comes to the Church by divine revelation through the teaching on the doctrine of Christ (Ephesians 1:17; 3:1ff; 2 John 1:9). The key to unlocking this mystery is the grace and ministry of apostles and prophets as revealed by the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:49-52; Ephesians 3:3-5).

4. SALVATION

4.1. The principal definition of sin must be situated against the backdrop of what was originally in the mind of God for man and all created things.

4.2. Sin (Gk - ‘hamartia’4) by definition means to ‘miss the mark’ or ‘to aimlessly wander from the original intent’ and ‘to lose one’s share’ (Romans 3:23). God created man to function as His son, as an exact representative of Him in creation. To disobey the original covenantal relationship is therefore considered as the first sin.Original sin is man disobeying his Father and thus becoming an orphan. Man transgressing from the boundaries that defined sonship man chained to darkness, producing characteristics and behaviours reflective of fleshly patterns, for example, murder and adultery. (Galatians 5:16, 19-21; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, was offered as the Lamb of God and as a propitiation for the sins of fallen man (John 1:29-36; Romans 3:25-26; 1 John

2:1-2, 4:10).

4.4. On the cross of Calvary He fully paid, with His blood, the redemption price for the sins of humanity (Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38, 10:43; Romans 3:25; Hebrews 9:22, 10:18).

4.5. Through the redemptive work accomplished on the cross, humankind was once and for all reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18,19) and given the right of access into the family of God (Colossians 1:20-21).

4.6. As the Lamb and High Priest, Jesus presented the offering of His life for the blotting out of the sin of all people, and as the mediator, reconciled them into the family of God (Colossians 2:13-14; Hebrews 9:26-28).

4.7. Through the finished work on the cross of Calvary, the New Covenant between God and man was sealed with the blood of Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:28; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:15-20; Romans 3:24-27; 1 Corinthians 11:23).

4.8. Through the establishment of the New Covenant, all who receive Jesus Christ enjoy the legal position (justification) of being sons of God and living in accordance with the royal law of sonship (sanctification) (Romans 3:24, 5:1,9; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 6:11; Galatians 2:16, 5:16-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 2:11, 10:10).

The Church

The Church has been divinely predestined, elected and adopted to fundamentally function as God’s family, comprised of all those who are ‘called out’ of the kingdom of darkness and assembled in Christ.(Ephesians 1:5; Galatians 4:5)

The Church as an assembly of the called out ones, is God’s holy nation, which we refer to as the Israel of God, the Heavenly Jerusalem, the Bride of Christ and Zion (Galatians 6:16; Ephesians 2:12; Hebrews 8:10, 12:23; Revelation 22:2)

KINGDOM OF GOD

5.1. The Kingdom of God is God’s royal rule, authority and dominion over heaven and earth and every created thing (Genesis 1, 2:1-4).

5.2. When we refer to the Kingdom of Heaven, we refer specifically to the rule of God in Heaven that we seek to bring to Earth (Matthew 6:10; Luke 11:2).

5.3. When reference is made to the Kingdom of our Lord and His Christ, we interpret this as those domains created for and brought under the rule of Christ and all who are in Him, functioning as the exact regency of Deity in creation (Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 1:13, 2 Peter 1:11; Revelation 11:15, 12:10).

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