SUNDAY WORSHIP

9.00am
6.00pm

With Sunday School,
creche and cry room facilities.

Last pm service of the
month is a prayer meeting.

Tel: 041 360 2227
Erica Girls Primary School, Bayview Road,
Mount Croix, 6001.



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THE CHURCH

 

We teach that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual body, the church (1Cor. 12:12-13), the bride of Christ (2Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:23-32; Rev. 19:7-8), of which Christ is the head (Eph. 1:22, 4:15; Col. 1:18).

 

We teach that the formation of the church, the body of Christ, began on the day of Pentecost (Ac. 2:1-21, 38-47) and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the Rapture (1Cor. 15:51-52; 1Thes. 4:13-18).

 

We teach that the church is thus a unique spiritual organism designed by Christ, made up of all born-again believers in this present age (Ephesians 2:11-3:6). The church is distinct from Israel (1Cor. 10:32), a mystery not revealed until this age (Eph. 3:1-6, 5:32).

 

We  teach that the establishment and continuity of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Ac. 14:23, 27, 20:17, 28; Gal. 1:2; Phil. 1:1; 1Thes. 1:1; 2Thes. 1:1) and that the members of the one spiritual body are directed to associate themselves together in local assemblies (1Cor. 11:18-20; Heb. 10:25).

 

We teach that the one supreme authority for the church is Christ (Eph. 1:22; Col. 1:18) and that church leadership, gifts, order, discipline, and worship are all appointed through His sovereignty as found in the Scriptures. The biblically designated officers serving under Christ and over the assembly are elders (males, who are also called bishops, pastors and pastor-teachers; Ac. 20:28; Eph. 4:11) and deacons, both of whom must meet biblical qualification (1Tim. 3:1-13; Tit. 1:5-9; 1Pet. 5:1-5).

 

We teach that these leaders lead or rule as servants of Christ (1Tim. 5:17-22) and have His authority in directing the church. The congregation is to submit to their leadership (Heb. 13:7,17).

 

We teach the importance of discipleship (Mat. 28:19-20; 2Tim. 2:2), mutual accountability of all believers to each other (Matthew 18:15-17), as well as the need for discipline of sinning members of the congregation in accord with the standards of Scripture (Mat. 18:15-22; Ac. 5:1-11; 1Cor. 5:1-13, 2Thes. 3:6-15; 1Tim. 1:19-20; Tit. 1:10-16).

 

We teach the autonomy of the local church, free from any external authority or control, with the right of self-government and freedom from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations (Tit. 1:5). We teach that it is scriptural for true churches to co-operate with each other for the presentation and propagation of the faith. Local churches, however, through their pastors and their interpretation and application of Scripture, should be the sole judges of the measure and method of their cooperation (Ac. 15:19-31, 20:28; 1Cor. 5:4-7, 13; 1Pet. 5:1-4).

 

We teach that the purpose of the church is to glorify God (Eph. 3:21) by building itself up in the faith (Eph. 4:13-16), by instruction of the Word (2Tim. 2:2, 15, 3:16-17), by fellowship (Acts 2:47; 1Jn. 1:3), by keeping the ordinances (Lk. 22:19; Ac. 2:38-42) and by advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world (Mat. 28:19; Acts 1:8).

 

We teach the calling of all saints to the work of service (1Cor. 15:58; Eph. 4:12; Rev. 22:12). 

 

We teach the need of the church to cooperate with God as He accomplishes His purpose in the world. To that end, He gives the church spiritual gifts. First, He gives men chosen for the purpose of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:7-12), and He also gives unique and special spiritual abilities to each member of the body of Christ (Rom. 12:5-8; 1Cor. 12:4-31; 1Pet. 4:10-11).

 

We teach that there were two kinds of gifts given the early church: miraculous gifts of divine revelation and healing, given temporarily in the apostolic era for the purpose of confirming the authenticity of the apostles’ message (Heb. 2:3-4; 2 Cor. 12:12); and ministering gifts, given to equip believers for edifying one another. With the New Testament revelation now complete, Scripture becomes the sole test of the authenticity of a man's message, and confirming gifts of a miraculous nature are no longer necessary to validate a man or his message (1Cor. 13:8-12).  Miraculous gifts can even be counterfeited by Satan so as to deceive even believers (Mat. 24:24). The only gifts in operation today are those non-revelatory equipping gifts given for edification (Rom. 12:6-8).

 

We teach that no one possesses the gift of healing today but that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith and will answer in accordance with His own perfect will for the sick, suffering, and afflicted (Lk. 18:1-8; Jn. 5:7-9; 2Cor. 12:6-10; James 5:13-16; 1Jn. 5:14-15).

 

We teach that two ordinances have been committed to the local church: baptism and the Lord's Supper (Acts 2:38-42). Christian baptism by immersion (Ac. 8:36-39) is a solemn and beautiful testimony of a believer showing forth his faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, and his union with Him in death to sin and resurrection to a new life (Rom. 6:1-11). It is also a sign of fellowship and identification with the visible body of Christ (Ac. 2:41-42).

 

We teach that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration and proclamation of His death until He comes, and should be always preceded by solemn self-examination (1 Cor. 11:23-32).  We also teach that whereas the elements of communion are only representative of the flesh and blood of Christ, the Lord's Supper is nevertheless an actual communion with the risen Christ who is present in a unique way, fellowshiping with His people (1Cor. 10:16).

 

ANGELS

 

Holy Angels

We teach that angels are created beings and are therefore not to be worshipped. Although they are a higher order of creation than man, they are created to serve God and to worship Him (Lk. 2:9-14; Heb. 1:6-7, 14, 2:6-7; Rev. 5:11-14).

 

Fallen Angels

We teach that Satan is a created angel and the author of sin. He incurred the judgement of God by rebelling against his Creator (Is. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19), by taking numerous angels with him in his fall (Mat. 25:41; Rev. 12:1-14), and by introducing sin into the human race by his temptation of Eve (Gen. 3:1-15).

 

We teach that Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and man (Is. 14:13-14; Mat. 4:1-11; Rev. 12:9-10), the prince of this world who has been defeated through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Rom. 16:20) and that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Is. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; Mat. 25:41; Rev. 20:10).

 

LAST THINGS (Eschatology)

 

Death

We teach that physical death involves no loss of our immaterial consciousness (Rev. 6:9-11), that there is a separation of soul and body (James 2.26), that the soul of the redeemed passes immediately into the presence of Christ (Lk. 23:43; 2Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23), and that, for the redeemed, such separation will continue until the Rapture (1Thes. 4:13-17) which initiates the first resurrection (Rev. 20:4-6), when our soul and body will be reunited to be glorified forever with our Lord (1Cor. 15:35-44, 50-54; Phil. 3:21). Until that time, the souls of the redeemed in Christ remain in joyful fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ (2Cor. 5:8).

 

We teach the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life (Jn. 6:39; Rom. 8:10-11,19-23; 2Cor. 4:14), and the unsaved to judgement and everlasting punishment (Dan. 12:2; Jn. 5:29; Rev. 20:13-15).

 

We teach that the souls of the unsaved at death are kept under punishment until the second resurrection (Lk. 16:19-26; Rev. 20:13-15), when the soul and the resurrection body will be united (Jn. 5:28-29). They shall then appear at the Great White Throne judgement (Rev. 20:11-15) and shall be cast into hell, the lake of fire (Mat. 25:41-46), cut off from the life of God forever (Dan. 12:2; Mat. 25:41-46; 2Thes. 1:7-9).

 

The Rapture of the Church

We teach the personal, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ before the seven-year tribulation (1Thes. 4:16; Tit. 2:13) to translate His church from this earth (Jn. 14:1-3; 1Cor 15:51-53; 1Thes. 4:15-5:11) and, between this event and His glorious return with His saints, to reward believers according to their works (1Cor. 3:11-15; 2Cor. 5:10).

 

The Tribulation Period

We teach that immediately following the removal of the church from the earth (Jn. 14:1-3; 1Thes. 4:13-18) the righteous judgements of God will be poured out upon an unbelieving world (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 9:27, 12:1; 2Thes. 2:7-12; Rev. 16), and that these judgements will be climaxed by the return of Christ in glory to the earth (Mat. 24:27-31; 25:31-46; 2Thes. 2:7-12). At that time the Old Testament and tribulation saints will be raised and the living will be judged (Dan. 12:2-3; Rev. 20:4-6). This period includes the seventieth week of Daniel's prophecy (Dan. 9:24-27; Mat. 24:15-31, 25:31-46).

 

The Second Coming and the Millennial Reign

We teach that after the tribulation period, Christ will come to earth to occupy the throne of David (Mat. 25:31; Lk. 1:32-33; Ac. 1:10-11, 2:29-30) and establish His messianic kingdom for a thousand years on earth (Rev. 20:1-7). During this time the resurrected saints will reign with Him over Israel and all the nations of the earth (Ezek. 37:21-28; Dan. 7:17-22; Rev. 19:11-16). This reign will be preceded by the overthrow of the Antichrist and the False Prophet, and by the removal of Satan from the world (Dan. 7:17-27; Rev. 20:1-6).

 

We teach that the kingdom itself will be the fulfillment of God's promise to Israel (Is. 65:17-25; Ezek. 37:21-28; Zech. 8:1-17) to restore them to the land which they forfeited through their disobedience (Deut. 28:15-68). The result of their disobedience was that Israel was temporarily set aside (Mat. 21:43; Romans 11:1-26) but will again be awakened through repentance to enter into the land of blessing (Jer. 31:31-34; Ezek. 36:22-32; Rom. 11:25-29).

 

We teach that this time of our Lord's reign will be characterized by harmony, justice, peace, righteousness, and long life (Is. 11; 65:17-25; Ezek. 36:33-38), and will be brought to an end with the release of Satan (Rev. 20:7).

 

The Judgement of the Lost

We teach that following the release of Satan after the thousand year reign of Christ (Rev. 20:7), Satan will deceive the nations of the earth and gather them to battle against the saints and the beloved city, at which time Satan and his army will be devoured by fire from heaven (Rev. 20:9). Following this, Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone (Mat. 25:41; Rev. 20:10) whereupon Christ, who is the judge of all men (Jn. 5:22), will resurrect and judge the great and the small at the Great White Throne judgement.

 

We teach that this resurrection of the unsaved dead to judgement will be a physical resurrection, whereupon receiving their judgement (Jn. 5:28-29), they will be committed to an eternal conscious punishment in the lake of fire (Mat. 25:41; Rev. 20:11-15).

 

Eternity

We teach that after the closing of the Millennium, the temporary release of Satan, and the judgement of unbelievers (2Thes. 1:9; Rev. 20:7-15), the saved will enter the eternal state of glory with God, after which the elements of this earth are to be dissolved (2Pet. 3:10) and replaced with a new earth wherein only righteousness dwells (Eph. 5:5; Rev. 20:15; 21; 22). Following this, the heavenly city will come down out of heaven (Rev. 21:2) and will be the dwelling place of the saints, where they will enjoy forever fellowship with God and one another (Jn. 17:3; Rev. 21-22). Our Lord Jesus Christ, having fulfilled His redemptive mission, will then deliver up the kingdom to God the Father (1Cor. 15:23-28) so that in all spheres the triune God may reign forever and ever (1Cor. 15:28).