Statement of Faith

Article I - The Bible 
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and instructing in righteousness. As God’s Word is the absolute authority and guideline for our life (ethics), knowledge (doctrine) and to evaluate our experiences (wisdom). In the Bible, the Old Testament (Prophets) points towards Jesus, and the New Testament (Apostles) points towards Jesus, which means that the entire Bible points directly to Jesus as the cornerstone. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Eph. 2:20)

Article II - Godhead
God is a Triune God - Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit. HE is the sovereign Creator of heaven and earth and the ruler over the universe. HE is ever-present, ever-knowing and ever-powerful. (Matt.28:19; Gen 1+2)

Article III - Jesus ChristJesus is the Christ, the anointed, awaited Messiah of the Jews, sent by God the Father, given by the Holy Spirit, to be born of the Virgin Mary. HE was fully God and fully man. HE lived on earth, taught and healed the sick. HE died on the cross, though without sin, as a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. HE rose from the dead on the third day, ascended into heaven and will return when God, the Father will determine it. Jesus has been given all authority in heaven and on earth and commends us to reach out to the nations, to make disciples, baptize them and teach them HIS truths. (John 1:1-18; 1 John 5:1; Rom. 3:22-26; Matt. 28:18-20)

Article IV - Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, glorifying Jesus and the Father. HE convicts us of our sins and our sinful state. When we receive Jesus Christ into our hearts, the Holy Spirit lives in us, seals us for eternity, and guides us in all truth. We are called to be filled with the Holy Spirit to bring fruits and be transformed into God’s image. The Holy Spirit equips us with one or more spiritual gifts, according to HIS discernment, which we are to use to edify the church and its people. (Matth. 3:16-17; John 16:14; 1 Cor. 2:10-14; Rom. 12:6-8) 

Article V - Man 
Man had been created in God’s image, as man and woman, in the image of God. Mankind fell into sin, being deceived by the serpent - Satan - in the Garden of Eden, losing the privilege to be in the presence of God. Mankind, in his sinful nature is separated from God and cannot redeem himself/herself through own merits. It took the redeeming work of Jesus Christ who died on the cross for the sins of mankind. This gift of redemption is offered to us, by the GRACE of God, through Jesus Christ. We can receive it as a gift; we cannot earn it. 
The redeemed man is now in a constant battle of living for Christ and fighting the sinful nature. God, in HIS wisdom, has given us the Holy Spirit, to give us power, and the armor of God, as means of defense. All things, good and bad, are part of God’s plan to transform us into HIS image. At the end of our lives, or when Jesus returns, men will stand trial at the throne of God. Only the one whose name is written in the book of life will enter HIS kingdom and have eternal life through Jesus Christ. (Gen. 1:27; Gen.3; Eph. 2:8-9; Eph. 6:10-20)

Article VI - The Church 
The church is God’s ordained body of believers, baptized and discipled within the church, with Jesus as the head of the church. The universal church is the body of all believers, past, present and future. God has ordained Prophets, Apostles, Evangelists and Pastor Teachers to build and edify the church. The local church is governed by the elders and deacons, to ensure order in the church. This is a structural government with the goal to provide spiritual leadership (elders) and administrative leadership (deacons). It is the mission of the church to reach out to the lost (evangelize) and disciple the believers for the service on God’s ministry. The church is equipped with spiritual gifts to serve the community of believers and empowered by the Holy Spirit to testify of their faith. The church has the authority to discipline a sinning believer, with the goal to restore the believer into healthy relationship with God. (1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:11-12; Acts 6:1-7; Matth. 18:15-20)

Article VII - Future things
At a determined time, only known by God the Father, Jesus will return to raise up the living and the dead. In the final judgement, all mankind will be judged by their deeds. Only those who received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. The unbelievers will be thrown into the lake of fire, together with the Devil and his demons, where they will be eternally punished. (Mark 13:32; Rev. 20:7-14)


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