Faith Statement

-The Bible is the inspired Word of God.
-God is one Being existing in 3 persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
-The Holy Spirit has the ministries of convicting, regenerating, indwelling, sealing, enlightening, instructing and guiding.
-Mankind fell when Adam and Eve sinned and we need a Saviour.
-Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ. He made our salvation possible by his death, burial and resurrection. Good works cannot save us.
-Believers can have assurance of their salvation.
-Although we are saved from our sins, we still battle the world, the flesh, and the Devil. Our goal is to become like Jesus each day we live as the Holy Spirit changes us.
-God has chosen to do His work through His church, the body of believers.
-Baptism and communion are ordinances that the church must observe.
-There will be a 7-year tribulation period during which God will pour out His wrath on mankind. Jesus will return to take believers home to Heaven before this period.
-The promises made to Israel will be fulfilled in a literal 1000-year kingdom on earth.
-Satan is real. He is a fallen angel and seeks to lead people away from God. In the end, he will be thrown into Hell.
-Believers and unbelievers will be resurrected.
-Unbelievers will be judged for not believing in Jesus and cast into Hell on the basis of it.
-Believers will go to heaven because of their faith in Jesus, but will be judged there for their works and rewarded on the basis of them.

Lausanne Covenant

INTRODUCTION

We, members of the Church of Jesus Christ, from more than 150 nations, participants in the International Congress on World Evangelization at Lausanne, praise God for his great salvation and rejoice in the fellowship he has given us with himself and with each other. We are deeply stirred by what God is doing in our day, moved to penitence by our failures and challenged by the unfinished task of evangelization. We believe the Gospel is God's good news for the whole world, and we are determined by his grace to obey Christ's commission to proclaim it to all mankind and to make disciples of every nation. We desire, therefore, to affirm our faith and our resolve, and to make public our covenant.

1. THE PURPOSE OF GOD

We affirm our belief in the one-eternal God, Creator and Lord of the world, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who governs all things according to the purpose of his will. He has been calling out from the world a people for himself, and sending his people back into the world to be his servants and his witnesses, for the extension of his kingdom, the building up of Christ's body, and the glory of his name. We confess with shame that we have often denied our calling and failed in our mission, by becoming conformed to the world or by withdrawing from it. Yet we rejoice that even when borne by earthen vessels the gospel is still a precious treasure. To the task of making that treasure known in the power of the Holy Spirit we desire to dedicate ourselves anew.

(Isa:40:28Have you no knowledge of it? has it not come to your ears? The eternal God, the Lord, the Maker of the ends of the earth, is never feeble or tired; there is no searching out of his wisdom.See All...; Matt:28:19Go then, and make disciples of all the nations, giving them baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:See All...; Eph:1:11In whom we have a heritage, being marked out from the first in his purpose who does all things in agreement with his designs;See All...; Acts:15:14Symeon has given an account of how God was first pleased to take from among the Gentiles a people for himself.See All...; John:17:6I have given knowledge of your name to the men whom you gave me out of the world: yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your words.See All..., 18; Eph:4:12For the training of the saints as servants in the church, for the building up of the body of Christ:See All...; 1 Cor:5:10But I had not in mind the sinners who are outside the church, or those who have a desire for and take the property of others, or those who give worship to images; for it is not possible to keep away from such people without going out of the world completely:See All...; Rom:12:2And let not your behaviour be like that of this world, but be changed and made new in mind, so that by experience you may have knowledge of the good and pleasing and complete purpose of God.See All...; II Cor. 4:7)

2. THE AUTHORITY AND POWER OF THE BIBLE

We affirm the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written word of God, without error in all that it affirms, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We also affirm the power of God's word to accomplish his purpose of salvation. The message of the Bible is addressed to all men and women. For God's revelation in Christ and in Scripture is unchangeable. Through it the Holy Spirit still speaks today. He illumines the minds of God's people in every culture to perceive its truth freshly through their own eyes and thus discloses to the whole Church ever more of the many-colored wisdom of God.

(II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:21; John:10:35If he said they were gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Writings may not be broken),See All...; Isa:55:11So will my word be which goes out of my mouth: it will not come back to me with nothing done, but it will give effect to my purpose, and do that for which I have sent it.See All...; 1 Cor:1:21For because, by the purpose of God, the world, with all its wisdom, had not the knowledge of God, it was God's pleasure, by so foolish a thing as preaching, to give salvation to those who had faith in him.See All...; Rom:1:16For I have no feeling of shame about the good news, because it is the power of God giving salvation to everyone who has faith, to the Jew first, and then to the Greek.See All..., Matt:5:17Let there be no thought that I have come to put an end to the law or the prophets. I have not come for destruction, but to make complete.See All...,18; Jude 3; Eph:1:17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him;See All...,18; 3:10,18)

3. THE UNIQUENESS AND UNIVERSALITY OF CHRIST

We affirm that there is only one Saviour and only one gospel, although there is a wide diversity of evangelistic approaches. We recognise that everyone has some knowledge of God through his general revelation in nature. But we deny that this can save, for people suppress the truth by their unrighteousness. We also reject as derogatory to Christ and the gospel every kind of syncretism and dialogue which implies that Christ speaks equally through all religions and ideologies. Jesus Christ, being himself the only God-man, who gave himself as the only ransom for sinners, is the only mediator between God and people. There is no other name by which we must be saved. All men and women are perishing because of sin, but God loves everyone, not wishing that any should perish but that all should repent. Yet those who reject Christ repudiate the joy of salvation and condemn themselves to eternal separation from God. To proclaim Jesus as "the Saviour of the world" is not to affirm that all people are either automatically or ultimately saved, still less to affirm that all religions offer salvation in Christ. Rather it is to proclaim God's love for a world of sinners and to invite everyone to respond to him as Saviour and Lord in the wholehearted personal commitment of repentance and faith. Jesus Christ has been exalted above every other name; we long for the day when every knee shall bow to him and every tongue shall confess him Lord.

(Gal:1:6-9 [6] I am surprised that you are being so quickly turned away from him whose word came to you in the grace of Christ, to good news of a different sort;
[7] Which is not another sort: only there are some who give you trouble, desiring to make changes in the good news of Christ.
[8] But even if we, or an angel from heaven, were to be a preacher to you of good news other than that which we have given you, let there be a curse on him.
[9] As we have said before, so say I now again, If any man is a preacher to you of any good news other than that which has been given to you, let there be a curse on him.
See All...;Rom:1:18-32 [18] For there is a revelation of the wrath of God from heaven against all the wrongdoing and evil thoughts of men who keep down what is true by wrongdoing;
[19] Because the knowledge of God may be seen in them, God having made it clear to them.
[20] For from the first making of the world, those things of God which the eye is unable to see, that is, his eternal power and existence, are fully made clear, he having given the knowledge of them through the things which he has made, so that men have no reason for wrongdoing:
[21] Because, having the knowledge of God, they did not give glory to God as God, and did not give praise, but their minds were full of foolish things, and their hearts, being without sense, were made dark.
[22] Seeming to be wise, they were in fact foolish,
[23] And by them the glory of the eternal God was changed and made into the image of man who is not eternal, and of birds and beasts and things which go on the earth.
[24] For this reason God gave them up to the evil desires of their hearts, working shame in their bodies with one another:
[25] Because by them the true word of God was changed into that which is false, and they gave worship and honour to the thing which is made, and not to him who made it, to whom be blessing for ever. So be it.
[26] For this reason God gave them up to evil passions, and their women were changing the natural use into one which is unnatural:
[27] And in the same way the men gave up the natural use of the woman and were burning in their desire for one another, men doing shame with men, and getting in their bodies the right reward of their evil-doing.
[28] And because they had not the mind to keep God in their knowledge, God gave them up to an evil mind, to do those things which are not right;
[29] Being full of all wrongdoing, evil, desire for the goods of others, hate, envy, putting to death, fighting, deceit, cruel ways, evil talk, and false statements about others;
[30] Hated by God, full of pride, without respect, full of loud talk, given to evil inventions, not honouring father or mother,
[31] Without knowledge, not true to their undertakings, unkind, having no mercy:
[32] Who, though they have knowledge of the law of God, that the fate of those who do these things is death, not only go on doing these things themselves, but give approval to those who do them.
See All...; I Tim. 2:5,6; Acts:4:12And in no other is there salvation: for there is no other name under heaven, given among men, through which we may have salvation.See All...; John:3:16-19 [16] For God had such love for the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever has faith in him may not come to destruction but have eternal life.
[17] God did not send his Son into the world to be judge of the world; he sent him so that the world might have salvation through him.
[18] The man who has faith in him does not come up to be judged; but he who has no faith in him has been judged even now, because he has no faith in the name of the only Son of God.
[19] And this is the test by which men are judged: the light has come into the world and men have more love for the dark than for the light, because their acts are evil.
See All...; II Pet. 3:9; II Thess. 1:7-9;John:4:42And they said to the woman, Now we have faith, but not because of your story: we ourselves have given ear to his words, and we are certain that he is truly the Saviour of the world.See All...; Matt:11:28Come to me, all you who are troubled and weighted down with care, and I will give you rest.See All...; Eph:1:20By which he made Christ come back from the dead, and gave him a place at his right hand in heaven,See All...,21; Phil:2:9-11 [9] For this reason God has put him in the highest place and has given to him the name which is greater than every name;
[10] So that at the name of Jesus every knee may be bent, of those in heaven and those on earth and those in the underworld,
[11] And that every tongue may give witness that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
See All...)

4. THE NATURE OF EVANGELISM

To evangelize is to spread the good news that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures, and that as the reigning Lord he now offers the forgiveness of sins and the liberating gifts of the Spirit to all who repent and believe. Our Christian presence in the world is indispensable to evangelism, and so is that kind of dialogue whose purpose is to listen sensitively in order to understand. But evangelism itself is the proclamation of the historical, biblical Christ as Saviour and Lord, with a view to persuading people to come to him personally and so be reconciled to God. In issuing the gospel invitation we have no liberty to conceal the cost of discipleship. Jesus still calls all who would follow him to deny themselves, take up their cross, and identify themselves with his new community. The results of evangelism include obedience to Christ, incorporation into his Church and responsible service in the world.

(I Cor. 15:3,4; Acts 2: 32-39; John:20:21And Jesus said to them again, May peace be with you! As the Father sent me, even so I now send you.See All...; I Cor. 1:23; II Cor. 4:5; 5:11,20; Luke:14:25-33 [25] Now a great number of people went with him.
[26] And turning round, he said to them, If any man comes to me, and has not hate for his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, and even for his life, he may not be my disciple.
[27] Whoever does not take up his cross and come after me may not be my disciple.
[28] For which of you, desiring to put up a tower, does not first give much thought to the price, if he will have enough to make it complete?
[29] For fear that if he makes a start and is not able to go on with it to the end, all who see it will be laughing at him,
[30] And saying, This man made a start at building and is not able to make it complete.
[31] Or what king, going to war with another king, will not first take thought if he will be strong enough, with ten thousand men, to keep off him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
[32] Or while the other is still a great distance away, he sends representatives requesting conditions of peace.
[33] And so whoever is not ready to give up all he has may not be my disciple.
See All...; Mark:8:34And turning to the mass of people with his disciples, he said to them, If any man has the desire to come after me, let him give up all other desires, and take up his cross and come after me.See All...; Acts:2:40And with more such words he gave his witness, offering them salvation and saying, Come out from this evil generation.See All...,47; Mark:10:43-45 [43] But it is not so among you: but whoever has a desire to become great among you, let him be your servant:
[44] And whoever has a desire to be first among you, let him be servant of all.
[45] For truly the Son of man did not come to have servants, but to be a servant, and to give his life for the salvation of men.
See All...)

5. CHRISTIAN SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

We affirm that God is both the Creator and the Judge of all people. We therefore should share his concern for justice and reconciliation throughout human society and for the liberation of men and women from every kind of oppression. Because men and women are made in the image of God, every person, regardless of race, religion, colour, culture, class, sex or age, has an intrinsic dignity because of which he or she should be respected and served, not exploited. Here too we express penitence both for our neglect and for having sometimes regarded evangelism and social concern as mutually exclusive. Although reconciliation with other people is not reconciliation with God, nor is social action evangelism, nor is political liberation salvation, nevertheless we affirm that evangelism and socio-political involvement are both part of our Christian duty. For both are necessary expressions of our doctrines of God and man, our love for our neighbour and our obedience to Jesus Christ. The message of salvation implies also a message of judgment upon every form of alienation, oppression and discrimination, and we should not be afraid to denounce evil and injustice wherever they exist. When people receive Christ they are born again into his kingdom and must seek not only to exhibit but also to spread its righteousness in the midst of an unrighteous world. The salvation we claim should be transforming us in the totality of our personal and social responsibilities. Faith without works is dead.

(Acts:17:26And he has made of one blood all the nations of men living on all the face of the earth, ordering their times and the limits of their lands,See All...,31; Gen:18:25Let such a thing be far from you, to put the upright to death with the sinner: will not the judge of all the earth do right?See All...; Isa:1:17Take pleasure in well-doing; let your ways be upright, keep down the cruel, give a right decision for the child who has no father, see to the cause of the widow.See All...; Psa:45:7You have been a lover of righteousness and a hater of evil: and so God, your God, has put the oil of joy on your head, lifting you high over all other kings.See All...; Gen:1:26And God said, Let us make man in our image, like us: and let him have rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over the cattle and over all the earth and over every living thing which goes flat on the earth.See All...,27; Jas. 3:9; Lev:19:18Do not make attempts to get equal with one who has done you wrong, or keep hard feelings against the children of your people, but have love for your neighbour as for yourself: I am the Lord.See All...; Luke:6:27But I say to you who give ear to me, Have love for those who are against you, do good to those who have hate for you,See All...,35; Jas. 2:14-26; Joh. 3:3,5; Matt:5:20For I say to you, If your righteousness is not greater than the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never go into the kingdom of heaven.See All...; 6:33; II Cor. 3:18; Jas. 2:20)

6. THE CHURCH AND EVANGELISM

We affirm that Christ sends his redeemed people into the world as the Father sent him, and that this calls for a similar deep and costly penetration of the world. We need to break out of our ecclesiastical ghettos and permeate non-Christian society. In the Church's mission of sacrificial service evangelism is primary. World evangelization requires the whole Church to take the whole gospel to the whole world. The Church is at the very centre of God's cosmic purpose and is his appointed means of spreading the gospel. But a church which preaches the cross must itself be marked by the cross. It becomes a stumbling block to evangelism when it betrays the gospel or lacks a living faith in God, a genuine love for people, or scrupulous honesty in all things including promotion and finance. The church is the community of God's people rather than an institution, and must not be identified with any particular culture, social or political system, or human ideology.

(John:17:18Even as you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.See All...; 20:21; Matt:28:19Go then, and make disciples of all the nations, giving them baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:See All...,20; Acts:1:8But you will have power, when the Holy Spirit has come on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judaea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.See All...; 20:27; Eph:1:9Having made clear to us the secret of his purpose, in agreement with the design which he had in mind, to put into his handsSee All...,10; 3:9-11; Gal:6:14But far be it from me to have glory in anything, but only in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which this world has come to an end on the cross for me, and I for it.See All...,17; II Cor. 6:3,4; II Tim. 2:19-21; Phil:1:27Only let your behaviour do credit to the good news of Christ, so that if I come and see you or if I am away from you, I may have news of you that you are strong in one spirit, working together with one soul for the faith of the good news;See All...)

7. COOPERATION IN EVANGELISM

We affirm that the Church's visible unity in truth is God's purpose. Evangelism also summons us to unity, because our oneness strengthens our witness, just as our disunity undermines our gospel of reconciliation. We recognize, however, that organisational unity may take many forms and does not necessarily forward evangelism. Yet we who share the same biblical faith should be closely united in fellowship, work and witness. We confess that our testimony has sometimes been marred by a sinful individualism and needless duplication. We pledge ourselves to seek a deeper unity in truth, worship, holiness and mission. We urge the development of regional and functional cooperation for the furtherance of the Church's mission, for strategic planning, for mutual encouragement, and for the sharing of resources and experience.

(John:17:21May they all be one! Even as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, so let them be in us, so that all men may come to have faith that you sent me.See All...,23; Eph:4:3Taking care to keep the harmony of the Spirit in the yoke of peace.See All...,4; John:13:35By this it will be clear to all men that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.See All...; Phil:1:27Only let your behaviour do credit to the good news of Christ, so that if I come and see you or if I am away from you, I may have news of you that you are strong in one spirit, working together with one soul for the faith of the good news;See All...; John:17:11-23 [11] And now I will be no longer in the world, but they are in the world and I come to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name which you have given to me, so that they may be one even as we are one.
[12] While I was with them I kept them safe in your name which you have given to me: I took care of them and not one of them has come to destruction, but only the son of destruction, so that the Writings might come true.
[13] And now I come to you; and these things I say in the world so that they may have my joy complete in them.
[14] I have given your word to them; and they are hated by the world, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
[15] My prayer is not that you will take them out of the world, but that you will keep them from the Evil One.
[16] They are not of the world any more than I am of the world.
[17] Make them holy by the true word: your word is the true word.
[18] Even as you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.
[19] And for them I make myself holy, so that they may be made truly holy.
[20] My prayer is not for them only, but for all who will have faith in me through their word;
[21] May they all be one! Even as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, so let them be in us, so that all men may come to have faith that you sent me.
[22] And the glory which you have given to me I have given to them, so that they may be one even as we are one;
[23] I in them, and you in me, so that they may be made completely one, and so that it may become clear to all men that you have sent me and that they are loved by you as I am loved by you.
See All...)

8. CHURCHES IN EVANGELISTIC PARTNERSHIP

We rejoice that a new missionary era has dawned. The dominant role of western missions is fast disappearing. God is raising up from the younger churches a great new resource for world evangelization, and is thus demonstrating that the responsibility to evangelise belongs to the whole body of Christ. All churches should therefore be asking God and themselves what they should be doing both to reach their own area and to send missionaries to other parts of the world. A reevaluation of our missionary responsibility and role should be continuous. Thus a growing partnership of churches will develop and the universal character of Christ's Church will be more clearly exhibited. We also thank God for agencies which labor in Bible translation, theological education, the mass media, Christian literature, evangelism, missions, church renewal and other specialist fields. They too should engage in constant self-examination to evaluate their effectiveness as part of the Church's mission.

(Rom:1:8First of all, I give praise to my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because news of your faith has gone into all the world.See All...; Phil:1:5Because of your help in giving the good news from the first day till now;See All...; 4:15; Acts:13:1-3 [1] Now there were at Antioch, in the church there, prophets and teachers, Barnabas, and Symeon who was named Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, a relation of Herod the king, and Saul.
[2] And while they were doing the Lord's work, and going without food, the Holy Spirit said, Let Barnabas and Saul be given to me for the special work for which they have been marked out by me.
[3] Then, after prayer and going without food they put their hands on them, and sent them away.
See All..., I Thess. 1:6-8)

9. THE URGENCY OF THE EVANGELISTIC TASK

More than 2,700 million people, which is more than two-thirds of all humanity, have yet to be evangelised. We are ashamed that so many have been neglected; it is a standing rebuke to us and to the whole Church. There is now, however, in many parts of the world an unprecedented receptivity to the Lord Jesus Christ. We are convinced that this is the time for churches and para-church agencies to pray earnestly for the salvation of the unreached and to launch new efforts to achieve world evangelization. A reduction of foreign missionaries and money in an evangelised country may sometimes be necessary to facilitate the national church's growth in self-reliance and to release resources for unevangelised areas. Missionaries should flow ever more freely from and to all six continents in a spirit of humble service. The goal should be, by all available means and at the earliest possible time, that every person will have the opportunity to hear, understand, and to receive the good news. We cannot hope to attain this goal without sacrifice. All of us are shocked by the poverty of millions and disturbed by the injustices which cause it. Those of us who live in affluent circumstances accept our duty to develop a simple life-style in order to contribute more generously to both relief and evangelism.

(John:9:4While it is day we have to do the works of him who sent me: the night comes when no work may be done.See All...; Matt:9:35-38 [35] And Jesus went about all the towns and small places, teaching in their Synagogues and preaching the good news of the kingdom and making well all sorts of disease and pain.
[36] But when he saw all the people he was moved with pity for them, because they were troubled and wandering like sheep without a keeper.
[37] Then he said to his disciples, There is much grain but not enough men to get it in.
[38] Make prayer, then, to the Lord of the grain-fields, that he may send out workers to get in his grain.
See All...; Rom:9:1-3 [1] I say what is true in Christ, and not what is false, my mind giving witness with me in the Holy Spirit,
[2] That I am full of sorrow and pain without end.
[3] For I have a desire to take on myself the curse for my brothers, my family in the flesh:
See All...; I Cor. 9:19-23; Mark:16:15And he said to them, Go into all the world, and give the good news to everyone.See All...; Isa:58:6Is not this the holy day for which I have given orders: to let loose those who have wrongly been made prisoners, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the crushed go free, and every yoke be broken?See All...,7; Jas. 1:27; 2:1-9; Matt:25:31-46 [31] But when the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then will he be seated in his glory:
[32] And before him all the nations will come together; and they will be parted one from another, as the sheep are parted from the goats by the keeper.
[33] And he will put the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.
[34] Then will the King say to those on his right, Come, you who have the blessing of my Father, into the kingdom made ready for you before the world was:
[35] For I was in need of food, and you gave it to me: I was in need of drink, and you gave it to me: I was wandering, and you took me in;
[36] I had no clothing, and you gave it to me: when I was ill, or in prison, you came to me.
[37] Then will the upright make answer to him, saying, Lord, when did we see you in need of food, and give it to you? or in need of drink, and give it to you?
[38] And when did we see you wandering, and take you in? or without clothing, and give it to you?
[39] And when did we see you ill, or in prison, and come to you?
[40] And the King will make answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Because you did it to the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.
[41] Then will he say to those on the left, Go from me, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire which is ready for the Evil One and his angels:
[42] For I was in need of food, and you gave it not to me; I was in need of drink, and you gave it not to me:
[43] I was wandering, and you took me not in; without clothing, and you gave me no clothing; ill, and in prison, and you came not to me.
[44] Then will they make answer, saying, Lord, when did we see you in need of food or drink, or wandering, or without clothing, or ill, or in prison, and did not take care of you?
[45] Then will he make answer to them, saying, Truly I say to you, Because you did it not to the least of these, you did it not to me.
[46] And these will go away into eternal punishment; but the upright into eternal life.
See All...; Acts:2:44And all those who were of the faith kept together, and had all things in common;See All...,45; 4:34,35)

10. EVANGELISM AND CULTURE

The development of strategies for world evangelization calls for imaginative pioneering methods. Under God, the result will be the rise of churches deeply rooted in Christ and closely related to their culture. Culture must always be tested and judged by Scripture. Because men and women are God's creatures, some of their culture is rich in beauty and goodness. Because they are fallen, all of it is tainted with sin and some of it is demonic. The gospel does not presuppose the superiority of any culture to another, but evaluates all cultures according to its own criteria of truth and righteousness, and insists on moral absolutes in every culture. Missions have all too frequently exported with the gospel an alien culture and churches have sometimes been in bondage to culture rather than to Scripture. Christ's evangelists must humbly seek to empty themselves of all but their personal authenticity in order to become the servants of others, and churches must seek to transform and enrich culture, all for the glory of God.

(Mark:7:8For, turning away from the law of God, you keep the rules of men.See All...,9,13; Gen:4:21And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all players on instruments of music.See All...,22; I Cor. 9:19-23; Phil:2:5-7 [5] Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus,
[6] To whom, though himself in the form of God, it did not seem that to take for oneself was to be like God;
[7] But he made himself as nothing, taking the form of a servant, being made like men;
See All...; II Cor. 4:5)

11. EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP

We confess that we have sometimes pursued church growth at the expense of church depth, and divorced evangelism from Christian nurture. We also acknowledge that some of our missions have been too slow to equip and encourage national leaders to assume their rightful responsibilities. Yet we are committed to indigenous principles, and long that every church will have national leaders who manifest a Christian style of leadership in terms not of domination but of service. We recognise that there is a great need to improve theological education, especially for church leaders. In every nation and culture there should be an effective training programme for pastors and laity in doctrine, discipleship, evangelism, nurture and service. Such training programmes should not rely on any stereotyped methodology but should be developed by creative local initiatives according to biblical standards.

(Col. I:27,28; Acts:14:23And when they had made selection of some to be rulers in every church, and had given themselves to prayer and kept themselves from food, they put them into the care of the Lord in whom they had faith.See All...; Tit:1:5I did not take you with me when I went away from Crete, so that you might do what was necessary to put things in order there, placing men in authority over the churches in every town, as I said to you;See All...,9; Mark:10:42-45 [42] And Jesus made them come to him, and said to them, You see that those who are made rulers over the Gentiles are lords over them, and their great ones have authority over them.
[43] But it is not so among you: but whoever has a desire to become great among you, let him be your servant:
[44] And whoever has a desire to be first among you, let him be servant of all.
[45] For truly the Son of man did not come to have servants, but to be a servant, and to give his life for the salvation of men.
See All...; Eph:4:11And he gave some as Apostles, and some, prophets; and some, preachers of the good news; and some to give care and teaching;See All...,12)

12. SPIRITUAL CONFLICT

We believe that we are engaged in constant spiritual warfare with the principalities and powers of evil, who are seeking to overthrow the Church and frustrate its task of world evangelization. We know our need to equip ourselves with God's armour and to fight this battle with the spiritual weapons of truth and prayer. For we detect the activity of our enemy, not only in false ideologies outside the Church, but also inside it in false gospels which twist Scripture and put people in the place of God. We need both watchfulness and discernment to safeguard the biblical gospel. We acknowledge that we ourselves are not immune to worldliness of thoughts and action, that is, to a surrender to secularism. For example, although careful studies of church growth, both numerical and spiritual, are right and valuable, we have sometimes neglected them. At other times, desirous to ensure a response to the gospel, we have compromised our message, manipulated our hearers through pressure techniques, and become unduly preoccupied with statistics or even dishonest in our use of them. All this is worldly. The Church must be in the world; the world must not be in the Church.

(Eph:6:12For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against authorities and powers, against the world-rulers of this dark night, against the spirits of evil in the heavens.See All...; II Cor. 4:3,4; Eph:6:11Take up God's instruments of war, so that you may be able to keep your position against all the deceits of the Evil One.See All...,13-18; II Cor. 10:3-5; I John:2:18-26 [18] Then the Jews put this question to him: What sign of authority have you to give us, seeing that you do these things?
[19] And Jesus said to them, Send destruction on this Temple and I will put it up again in three days.
[20] The Jews said, The building of this Temple took forty-six years; and you will put it up in three days!
[21] But his words were about that holy building which was his body.
[22] So when he had come back again from the dead, the memory of these words came back to the disciples, and they had faith in the holy Writings and in the word which Jesus had said.
[23] Now while he was in Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover, a great number of people came to have faith in his name, after seeing the signs which he did.
[24] But Jesus did not have faith in them, because he had knowledge of them all.
[25] He had no need for any witness about man; for he himself had knowledge of what was in man.
See All...; 4:1-3; Gal:1:6-9 [6] I am surprised that you are being so quickly turned away from him whose word came to you in the grace of Christ, to good news of a different sort;
[7] Which is not another sort: only there are some who give you trouble, desiring to make changes in the good news of Christ.
[8] But even if we, or an angel from heaven, were to be a preacher to you of good news other than that which we have given you, let there be a curse on him.
[9] As we have said before, so say I now again, If any man is a preacher to you of any good news other than that which has been given to you, let there be a curse on him.
See All...; II Cor. 2:17; 4:2; John:17:15My prayer is not that you will take them out of the world, but that you will keep them from the Evil One.See All...)

13. FREEDOM AND PERSECUTION

It is the God-appointed duty of every government to secure conditions of peace, justice and liberty in which the Church may obey God, serve the Lord Jesus Christ, and preach the gospel without interference. We therefore pray for the leaders of nations and call upon them to guarantee freedom of thought and conscience, and freedom to practise and propagate religion in accordance with the will of God and as set forth in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We also express our deep concern for all who have been unjustly imprisoned, and especially for those who are suffering for their testimony to the Lord Jesus. We promise to pray and work for their freedom. At the same time we refuse to be intimidated by their fate. God helping us, we too will seek to stand against injustice and to remain faithful to the gospel, whatever the cost. We do not forget the warnings of Jesus that persecution is inevitable.

(I Tim. 1:1-4, Acts:4:19But Peter and John in answer said to them, It is for you to say if it is right in the eyes of God to give attention to you more than to God:See All...; 5:29; Col:3:24Being certain that the Lord will give you the reward of the heritage: for you are the servants of the Lord Christ.See All...; Heb:13:1-3 [1] Go on loving your brothers in the faith.
[2] Take care to keep open house: because in this way some have had angels as their guests, without being conscious of it.
[3] Keep in mind those who are in chains, as if you were chained with them, and those who are in trouble, as being yourselves in the body.
See All...; Luke:4:18The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because I am marked out by him to give good news to the poor; he has sent me to make well those who are broken-hearted; to say that the prisoners will be let go, and the blind will see, and to make the wounded free from their chains,See All...; Gal:5:11But I, brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still attacked? then has the shame of the cross been taken away.See All...; 6:12; Matt:5:10-12 [10] Happy are those who are attacked on account of righteousness: for the kingdom of heaven will be theirs.
[11] Happy are you when men give you a bad name, and are cruel to you, and say all evil things against you falsely, because of me.
[12] Be glad and full of joy; for great is your reward in heaven: for so were the prophets attacked who were before you.
See All...; John:15:18-21 [18] If you are hated by the world, keep in mind that I was hated by the world before you.
[19] If you were of the world, you would be loved by the world: but because you are not of the world, but I have taken you out of the world, you are hated by the world.
[20] Keep in mind the words I said to you, A servant is not greater than his lord. If they were cruel to me, they will be cruel to you; if they kept my words, they will keep yours.
[21] They will do all this to you because of my name--because they have no knowledge of him who sent me.
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14. THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father sent his Spirit to bear witness to his Son; without his witness ours is futile. Conviction of sin, faith in Christ, new birth and Christian growth are all his work. Further, the Holy Spirit is a missionary spirit; thus evangelism should arise spontaneously from a Spirit-filled church. A church that is not a missionary church is contradicting itself and quenching the Spirit. Worldwide evangelization will become a realistic possibility only when the Spirit renews the Church in truth and wisdom, faith, holiness, love and power. We therefore call upon all Christians to pray for such a visitation of the sovereign Spirit of God that all his fruit may appear in all his people and that all his gifts may enrich the body of Christ. Only then will the whole church become a fit instrument in his hands, that the whole earth may hear his voice.

(I Cor. 2:4; John:15:26When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father even the Spirit of true knowledge who comes from the Father--he will give witness about me;See All...;27; 16:8-11; I Cor. 12:3; John:3:6-8 [6] That which has birth from the flesh is flesh, and that which has birth from the Spirit is spirit.
[7] Do not be surprised that I say to you, It is necessary for you to have a second birth.
[8] The wind goes where its pleasure takes it, and the sound of it comes to your ears, but you are unable to say where it comes from and where it goes: so it is with everyone whose birth is from the Spirit.
See All...; II Cor. 3:18; John:7:37-39 [37] On the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus got up and said in a loud voice, If any man is in need of drink let him come to me and I will give it to him.
[38] He who has faith in me, out of his body, as the Writings have said, will come rivers of living water.
[39] This he said of the Spirit which would be given to those who had faith in him: the Spirit had not been given then, because the glory of Jesus was still to come.
See All...; I Thess. 5:19; Acts:1:8But you will have power, when the Holy Spirit has come on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judaea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.See All...; Psa:85:4-7 [4] Come back to us, O God of our salvation, and be angry with us no longer.
[5] Will you go on being angry with us for ever? will you keep your wrath against us through all the long generations?
[6] Will you not give us life again, so that your people may be glad in you?
[7] Let us see your mercy, O Lord, and give us your salvation.
See All...; 67:1-3; Gal:5:22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, a quiet mind, kind acts, well-doing, faith,See All...,23; I Cor. 12:4-31; Rom:12:3-8 [3] But I say to every one of you, through the grace given to me, not to have an over-high opinion of himself, but to have wise thoughts, as God has given to every one a measure of faith.
[4] For, as we have a number of parts in one body, but all the parts have not the same use,
[5] So we, though we are a number of persons, are one body in Christ, and are dependent on one another;
[6] And having different qualities by reason of the grace given to us, such as the quality of a prophet, let it be made use of in relation to the measure of our faith;
[7] Or the position of a Deacon of the church, let a man give himself to it; or he who has the power of teaching, let him make use of it;
[8] He who has the power of comforting, let him do so; he who gives, let him give freely; he who has the power of ruling, let him do it with a serious mind; he who has mercy on others, let it be with joy.
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15. THE RETURN OF CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, in power and glory, to consummate his salvation and his judgment. This promise of his coming is a further spur to our evangelism, for we remember his words that the gospel must first be preached to all nations. We believe that the interim period between Christ's ascension and return is to be filled with the mission of the people of God, who have no liberty to stop before the end. We also remember his warning that false Christs and false prophets will arise as precursors of the final Antichrist. We therefore reject as a proud, self-confident dream the notion that people can ever build a utopia on earth. Our Christian confidence is that God will perfect his kingdom, and we look forward with eager anticipation to that day, and to the new heaven and earth in which righteousness will dwell and God will reign forever. Meanwhile, we rededicate ourselves to the service of Christ and of people in joyful submission to his authority over the whole of our lives.

(Mark:14:62And Jesus said, I am: and you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.See All...; Heb:9:28So Christ, having at his first coming taken on himself the sins of men, will be seen a second time, without sin, by those who are waiting for him, for their salvation.See All...; Mark:13:10And the good news has first to be given to all the nations.See All...; Acts:1:8-11 [8] But you will have power, when the Holy Spirit has come on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judaea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
[9] And when he had said these things, while they were looking, he was taken up, and went from their view into a cloud.
[10] And while they were looking up to heaven with great attention, two men came to them, in white clothing,
[11] And said, O men of Galilee, why are you looking up into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken from you into heaven, will come again, in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.
See All...; Matt:28:20Teaching them to keep all the rules which I have given you: and see, I am ever with you, even to the end of the world.See All...; Mark:13:21-23 [21] And then if any man says to you, See, here is Christ; or, See, there; have no faith in it:
[22] Because there will be false Christs and false prophets, and they will give signs and wonders in the hope of turning even the saints from the true way.
[23] But take care; see, I have made all things clear to you before the time.
See All...; 1 John:2:18Little children, it is the last hour; and as you were given word that the Antichrist would come, so now a number of Antichrists have come to you; and by this we are certain that it is the last hour.See All...; 4:1-3; Luke:12:32Have no fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.See All...; Rev:21:1-5 [1] And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were gone; and there was no more sea.
[2] And I saw the holy town, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, like a bride made beautiful for her husband.
[3] And there came to my ears a great voice out of the high seat, saying, See, the Tent of God is with men, and he will make his living-place with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them, and be their God.
[4] And he will put an end to all their weeping; and there will be no more death, or sorrow, or crying, or pain; for the first things have come to an end.
[5] And he who is seated on the high seat said, See, I make all things new. And he said, Put it in the book; for these words are certain and true.
See All...; II Pet. 3:13; Matt:28:18And Jesus came to them and said, All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.See All...)

CONCLUSION

Therefore, in the light of this our faith and our resolve, we enter into a solemn covenant with God and with each other, to pray, to plan and to work together for the evangelization of the whole world. We call upon others to join us. May God help us by his grace and for his glory to be faithful to this our covenant! Amen, Alleluia!