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  • Statement of Faith

    1. The Bible

     

    We believe the Holy Bible to be the inspired, infallible and inerrant Word of God. It is the source for all knowledge concerning salvation and our sole standard for faith and practice. It is the standard by which all authorities and revelation are to be evaluated.

     

     

    2. God

     

    We believe in the one true, living God revealed in the Bible: three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) yet one God, the same in essence and equal in power and glory. He is the fountain of life, the Creator of the heavens and the earth. He alone is all-sufficient, perfect and holy in all His ways. His knowledge is infinite and infallible; He is the author of truth. In His wisdom and power He performs His eternal purpose according to the counsel of His will and for His own glory. He is merciful, most loving and gracious, abundant in goodness,

     forgiving sin, and the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. To Him is due from every creature whatever worship, service or obedience He is pleased to require of them.

     

     

    3. Sin

     

    We believe that man was created in the image of God. Through Adam's disobedience mankind is in a sinful state, separated from God. Being corrupted by sin in mind, will and emotions, man is without hope apart from God.

     

     

    4. Salvation

     

    We believe that salvation is a sovereign work of grace. While salvation is entirely of the Lord, God requires that man puts his faith in Jesus Christ - whom we believe to be the incarnate Son of God, who died substitutionally for man's transgressions, who was raised from the dead on the third day, and who ascended to the Father.

     

    Such saving faith is evidenced in renouncing self-determination, taking responsibility for disobedience, turning from sin in repentance, and seeking forgiveness from God. It involves a determination to seek first His Kingdom and righteousness, living under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Saving faith is to be demonstrated in public confession, baptism in water, and coming under the pastoral instruction of the Church to walk in the ways of God.

     

     

    5. Covenant Life

     

    We believe God is a covenant-making, covenant-keeping God. His promises of blessing are given to those who respond to His love in willing obedience. Those promises include forgiveness and eternal life. He is the source of life, and his provision for the believer includes both spiritual and natural resources.

     

    God made this new covenant in the blood of Jesus Christ, who gave His life for us. When believers confess Jesus as Lord, they pledge their lives to do the will of God. Jesus then sends the Holy Spirit to abide in the believer, thus sealing the covenant and writing God's Law in his heart.

     

    Those who are in covenant with God are also in covenant with one another, as fellow heirs of the same covenant. This requires loyalty to one another in the Church. It is expressed in loving one another in practical ways on a daily basis, forgiving one another in love when necessary.

     

     

    6. Church

     

    We believe that the nature and purpose of God is revealed in His Church, the Body of Christ established on earth. We believe the Church Universal consists of all who live under the Lordship of Jesus. The Church Local is a body of believers, baptized and joined together, practising the new covenant. Since the Church is one as God is one, the Church Local must seek to walk in harmony with the Church Universal.

     

    We believe that Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, has established government and ministry in the Church: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers given by the Lord to bring the church to maturity and inspire it to do His work on earth.

     

    We believe the scriptural norm calls for each local church to have a plurality of elders with one presiding. We recognize, however, the validity of various forms of church government as the Lord leads other Christian groups.

    We believe the Lord sets His people under pastoral care in the Church for growth in understanding the truth, the maturing of character, and developing of ministry.

     

     

    7. The Holy Spirit

     

    We believe that there are many experiences which are valid encounters with God, the Holy Spirit. Among the terms used to describe such encounters are "baptism in the Spirit", "filled with the Spirit" and "anointed with the Spirit". These experiences should produce greater commitment to God's will, greater realization of His power, and greater edification of His Church.

     

    We believe the Holy Spirit imparts gifts or special abilities to accomplish God's will. These gifts include miraculous healings, revelations and utterances. They should be operative in the Church, supervised by mature leaders, and ministered in love by Christians whose lives reflect godly character.

     

     

    8. Priesthood of all Believers

     

    We believe in the priesthood of all believers. By the shedding of His blood, Jesus became the believer's High Priest, and made it possible for each Christian to have free access to the Father. In His presence, each one can know God and receive from Him. Similarly, each is responsible to come to Him in confidence and faith ministering the worship of his lips and the worship of his life as a priestly offering to God.

     

     

    9. Freedom of Conscience

     

    We believe in freedom of conscience. Each person is responsible for his own choices and behaviour. While God has ordained both civil and spiritual government, we believe that each person is directly accountable to God. Thus while those in spiritual authority may exercise strong leadership, all service must be rendered voluntarily, joyfully, and from a free conscience.

     

     

    10. Evangelism

     

    We believe in world evangelism. We accept the commission of Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations, to baptize them and to teach them to observe His commandments. We join with all those who believe in Him to accomplish this task. We accept this as a personal commission, as well as a commission to the entire Church.

     

     

    11. Ecumenism

     

    We believe that there is one true Church, made up of all of God's chosen people throughout time. All Christians share a responsibility for the division which has occurred, and for the reconciliation which must be sought. We desire and pray for God's people to walk together in peace.

     

     

    12. Civil Authority

     

    We believe God is the author of all authority. He has ordained civil government for the establishment of order and peace in the nations. He has ordained government in the Church to bring it to righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. We believe there should be mutual respect between civil and spiritual authority. While civil authority is separated from church government, it remains accountable to God and His Law.

     

    We believe it is the task of the Church to speak prophetically to the nations, both by proclamation and by living example. The Church must proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord until every knee bows and every tongue confesses that He is Lord to the glory of God. Meanwhile, the Church is to pray for and honour the civil government.

     

    We believe that a church established and supported by the State tends to lose its ability to represent God's will to the nation, and Christians of persuasions other than those sanctioned by the State tend to lose their freedom to worship after the dictates of their own consciences.

     

     

    13. Tithes and Offerings

     

    We believe the Church should be supported by the tithes and offerings of those committed to its mission. We further believe that when God's people freely serve God, there is financial abundance to accomplish God's purpose. In tithing we acknowledge that all we have and are belongs to God, and comes rightfully under the jurisdiction of His government.

     

     

    14. Christ’s Return

     

    We believe Jesus Christ will return to the earth, visibly and in bodily form. Christians are exhorted to be watchful and obedient until His appearing. We wait expectantly for His return, while actively praying and working to see His kingdom come, His will being done on earth as it is in heaven, anticipating a greater manifestation of his government on the earth. We believe His appearing will occasion the resurrection of the righteous who have died and are now with Him.

     

     

    15. Judgement

     

    We believe in the final judgement at the end of the age. The righteous and the wicked shall stand before Him and be judged. The righteous in Christ will be rewarded with the privilege of ruling with Him and enjoying His eternal blessings. The wicked will be eternally punished.

     

     

    16. Conclusion

     

    We recognize that the credal acceptance of our statement of faith does not relieve us of the responsibility to live by faith. We gratefully acknowledge those who have faithfully served God in ages past, and recognize our indebtedness to those who have suffered for the sake of the truth which we now hold dear. We acknowledge those who serve Jesus Christ now, whose doctrinal expressions may be different from ours. We desire to walk with them as brothers and sisters.

     

     

  • Distinctive of Church Practice

    1. Membership

     

    Just as the Church Universal is made up of those who have been saved through faith in Jesus Christ, so membership of The King's Community Church is conditional upon such salvation. Our definition of that salvation is contained in our Statement of Faith.

     

    It is our practice that such salvation should be outwardly expressed in baptism as a believer, by total immersion in water. It is further our expectation that salvation be followed by baptism in the Holy Spirit, and whatever gifts the Lord chooses to bestow. Salvation also includes incorporation into the universal Body of Christ, which should be reflected in a covenant commitment to a local body of believers. Such commitment is regularly expressed in breaking bread together, corporately celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus, both in congregational meetings and in one another's homes.

     

     

     

    2. Church Government

     

    Those who choose to join The King's Community Church do so in recognition of the pastoral oversight of the elders of the church. While pastoral accountability of the church is vested in the elders, they may delegate that pastoral care to others to ensure that the care is based on relational reality.

     

    The elders recognize that there are a number of divinely instituted spheres of authority: civil government, the family (in which the husband is the head of the home), and the individual's personal responsibility to be obedient to God and His Word, the Bible. Without contradicting any of the above, the members of the church should also recognize the authority of those whom God has placed in leadership in the church.

     

    The elders of the church acknowledge their own need to maintain a submissive spirit. In practice, this means being willing to embrace the counsel of other leaders in the wider Body of Christ, submitting to one another in the plurality of local elders under one presiding pastor, and the recognition of apostolic oversight. In this way the elders will be in a position to serve the local church.

     

    The responsibility of the elders has two essential elements:

     

    a) Leadership to facilitate the maturity of the church.

     

    It is the responsibility of the elders to be role models and to equip the saints and help them toward maturity. To that end, they will seek to offer

     

    1. Pastoral care (shepherding)
    2. Training, primarily in character and secondly in ministry (discipleship)
    3. Instruction in the Word of God.

     

    They may choose to share these functions in a delegated form with other leaders in the church.

     

    The goal of maturity is further encouraged by House Fellowships. These small groups form the relational foundation of the church. In these groups, both in weekly meetings and in consistent fellowship, growth is encouraged under caring leadership and in relational support.

     

    b) Leadership to maintain the purity of the church

     

    We believe that the Bible teaches that those who persist wilfully in sin cannot be allowed to remain in the church. the responsibility of church discipline has been vested in the eldership, and will be exercised in accordance with the principles laid out in Matthew 18:

     

    1. (i) When a person in the church becomes aware of wilful sin in the life of another member, he is to lovingly confront that person with the seriousness of the situation.
    2. If such appeals are not heeded, the elders will personally confront the person with the fact that there appears to be wilful, unresolved sin in their life.
    3. If there is no change, the charge will be repeated in the presence of two or three witnesses.
    4. If there is still no change, the matter will be reported to the whole church.
    5. Finally if a person still persists in sin, the elders have the authority to exclude that person from membership of the church.
    6. Where there is repentance, the eldership is committed to working through a process of restoration with the person concerned.

     

    To become a member of The King's Community Church, one must recognize the government which exists in the church, and in particular the responsibility of the eldership both in discipleship and discipline. The implications of membership are outlined in a commitment class (called "Family Genes"): those who wish to become members are requested to attend these classes in order to be acquainted with the vision and practices of the church prior to making a decision to join.

     

     

     

    3. Behaviour

     

    We believe that the church is to be a holy people. We believe that God has established His Word, the Bible, as the standard for all of life. The Holy Spirit provides the power which enables us to bring our lives into conformity with the revealed will of God. Such obedience is by faith, but our dependence on grace does not imply that the holy requirements of God's Word may be taken lightly. Rather, that grace enables us to live lives that are pleasing to God.

     

     

     

    4. Family

     

    We believe that the family (based on the Biblical model of a married man and woman, and their children) is the essential building block of society. God has ordained authority in the family which cannot be usurped by church, state, or any other institution (1 Corinthians 11:3).

     

    In order to safeguard the sanctity of marriage, we affirm the Biblical prohibition of sexual relationships outside of marriage (fornication, adultery or homosexuality).

     

     

     

    5. Worship

     

    We believe that man was made for the praise of God's glory. Praise and worship form a central part of our individual and corporate lives. We desire to express our gratitude and love to God in praise and worship that is spontaneous and joyful, led by the Holy Spirit. In our worship, we would expect there to be manifestations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit such as tongues and prophecy. Since our worship is to be "in spirit and in truth", a high priority in our corporate worship service is given to the teaching of the Word of God, with an emphasis on expository preaching.

     

     

     

    6. Ministry

     

    We believe in the priesthood of all believers, and therefore desire that all members of the church should discover and function in the calling and gifting of God for their lives. All may have a contribution to make in our corporate gatherings. Each member can know the anointing of the Holy Spirit to enable them to play a part in the declaration and demonstration of the Kingdom of God.

     

    Included among such areas of ministry are:

    a) Prayer

    All are called to pray and some have a particular ministry of intercession. We pray knowing that "we wrestle not against flesh and blood" but engaging in spiritual warfare against the principalities and powers arrayed against the Kingdom of God. We pray knowing we have been given authority in Jesus' name over sickness and demons

     

    b) Evangelism

    All are called to witness and some are set apart as evangelists. We seek in whatever ways we can to proclaim the gospel, both in evangelism at home and in missions abroad.

     

    c) Service

    All are called to become servants following in the example of Jesus. As we learn to serve one another in the Body of Christ, we are equipped to express His love in the care of those in need, both in the church and in the world.

     

    d) The Message of the Kingdom

    The Gospel is the good news of the Kingdom of God, and we are called to proclaim God's government in every area of life. We are called to be a prophetic voice calling society back to accountability to God's Word.

     

    e) Education

    We have a particular call to be involved in the realm of education, serving parents in assisting them to fulfil their God-given responsibility to educate their children in accordance with Biblical principles. As God is truth, we believe that all knowledge is inadequate apart from Him, and therefore we must seek to see Him restored to His rightful place at the centre of all education.

     

    In these and other areas of ministry, we believe that it is the task of the church to equip the saints for works of service.

  • Mission Statement

    We are a community of people, chosen and redeemed by God's grace, to live as servants of Christ the King.

     

    We desire to do our part in seeing God's Kingdom established on the earth, as we are equipped to serve, depending on the Holy Spirit and God's authoritative Word.

     

     

    A Community Equipped for Service:

     

     

    A Community

     

    • Relational jointing
    • Pastoral covering
    • Diversity of Gifting and Ministries

     

     

    Equipped

     

    • Expounding and applying the Word of God
    • Discipleship in character, gifting and function, in the church and in the world
    • Supporting strong family life
    • Envisioning to make a difference: "Understanding the Times"

     

     

    For Service

     

    • PEOPLE: proclaiming and demonstrating the Good News
    • EDUCATION: training young and old to think Biblically, by teaching and publishing
    • BUSINESS: Biblical entrepreneurialism; creation of wealth and employment
    • POLITICS: a prophetic voice and practical involvement
    • MISSIONS: short / long term; local / global

     

     

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